September 8, 2001 |
It might not have been of the same magnitude, but what happened on DirecTV Thursday night is comparable to the "Heidi" game of 1968, when NBC cut away from a New York Jet-Oakland Raider game in the closing minutes to show the children's movie. Viewers watching the USA network's coverage of the exciting U.S. Open match between Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick on DirecTV were deprived of seeing the last game of the final set. At 9:37 p.m.--12:37 a.m.
July 15, 2001 |
Robert Wright, NBC Inc.'s chief executive, holds the record as the longest-running head of any broadcast network for good reason. Since he took the helm in 1986--shortly after General Electric Co. bought its parent company, RCA--Wright has turned NBC into the nation's most profitable network with a disciplined financial approach that often chafes against Hollywood's free-spending style.
April 10, 2001 |
General Electric Co.'s NBC television unit will buy the rest of NBC Internet Inc. it doesn't already own for about $85 million and fold it into the company as NBC seeks to cut losses at the Web site. NBC, owner of the top U.S. TV network among young adults and 38.6% of NBC Internet, will pay $2.19 for each share of NBC Internet, or NBCi, said spokeswoman Rebecca Tompkins. That's 46% more than San Francisco-based NBCi's price Friday.
March 7, 2001 |
"Frasier's" latest marital cliffhanger was played out behind the scenes, as NBC and the show's production company, Paramount Television Group, finalized a three-year deal late Monday to continue their relationship--extending the Emmy-winning comedy through an 11th season and matching the historic run of its antecedent "Cheers."
November 8, 2000 |
Underscoring the creative desperation that has crept into the television business, Warner Bros. and NBC are employing a novel, cut-rate approach to convince television stations to shift "Access Hollywood" into better time slots. The pitch to stations, in a nutshell, goes as follows: Schedule the entertainment news show between 7 and 8 p.m.
September 28, 2000 |
Ask Claire Allens how the Americans are doing at the Sydney Summer Games and she'll rattle off the results of the latest heats, offer an updated medal count and even speculate on what Marion Jones might wear as she continues her run for gold. Since the Olympics began in Australia, Allens has barely left her screen--her computer screen, that is. "I need to know, and I need to know now," said the Long Beach computer analyst, whose job allows her to keep close tabs on it all.
July 25, 2000 |
General Electric Co.'s NBC joined in the fight against America Online Inc.'s purchase of Time Warner Inc., urging federal regulators to impose stiff conditions on the transaction. NBC, in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, said AOL-Time Warner should be forced to provide Internet and video rivals with nondiscriminatory access to their cable lines. NBC's entry into the fight against the transaction is a boost for Walt Disney Co.
May 13, 2000 |
Negotiations between NBC and the cast of "Friends" are going down to the wire, with no agreement in place as the network prepares to announce next season's prime-time lineup to advertisers Monday morning. NBC and Time Warner division Warner Bros. Television, the studio that produces the hit comedy, have gone so far as to set a 9 a.m. Sunday deadline for the six actors, who are seeking raises to about $1 million per episode.
March 23, 2000 |
Not content to keep letting "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" dominate prime time, NBC is hoping to find some way to siphon audience from ABC's quiz show sensation. Presenting series candidates for next season to advertisers Wednesday, NBC Entertainment President Garth Ancier said the network must challenge "Millionaire" more aggressively or risk allowing the show to remain a monster hit almost by default.
March 4, 2000 |
General Electric Corp.'s NBC television unit lost its seat on the board of the National Assn. of Broadcasters, the industry's trade group. The association lifted NBC's board privileges when WNBC-TV in New York, the network's board designee, failed to pay its dues, although the network remains a member in the lobbying group. The action came after NBC demanded that the industry group cut the network's annual dues to $200,000 from $400,000.