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April 14, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An NBC attorney attempted Friday to persuade federal appeals court judges in Pasadena to strike down the largest libel verdict against an American news organization--a $5.3-million judgment that the network defamed singer Wayne Newton in newscasts that linked him to organized crime figures. NBC lawyer Floyd Abrams said the stories were the product of aggressive reporting, not ill will, and should be protected by the First Amendment. But Newton's lawyer, Morton R.
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March 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my cats a water fountain. The Skinny: I've started watching "Sons of Anarchy" on Netflix. While I am enjoying Season 1 I'm not sure  if I'm willing to commit to the series. I do want a vest though! Friday's roundup includes the box office preview, some big changes at ABC's "Nightline" and NBC News, and reviews of "Noah" and "Cesar Chavez. " Daily Dose: Charter Communications is refusing to throw in the towel in its efforts to acquire Time Warner Cable.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2013 | By Meredith Blake and Meg James
NBC News President Steve Capus announced Friday that he would be resigning from his position after nearly eight years on the job and 20 years at the network. "It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," he wrote in a lengthy internal memo effusive with praise for his colleagues. "Side by side, we have documented the historic, the unforgettable, and the exquisitely ordinary. " Capus, who served as a longtime producer for news anchor Brian Williams before being appointed president by Jeff Zucker in 2005, did not cite a specific reason for his departure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
After seven years of guarding inmates in Los Angeles County jails, Deputy Guadalupe Lopez was transferred to the East L.A. Station to continue her career working in patrol. It was there, she says in a lawsuit filed this week, that she encountered a rogue group of deputies called the “Banditos.” The Banditos, she alleges, sport matching tattoos and try to coerce female deputy patrol trainees like her into performing sexual favors. In a 19-page lawsuit, Lopez contends that she was assigned a training officer who was known as the “Godfather” and was a leader of the group.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
After an absence of over eight years, Maria Shriver is returning to NBC News. The former first lady of California first rose to prominence as an anchor and correspondent for NBC News from 1986 through 2004, when she stepped down to focus on her political life with her (now estranged) husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as governor of California. (Shriver and Schwarzenegger are currently separated). The announcement of Shriver's return was made Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show. But it wasn't completely unexpected; Shriver appeared on "Today" last month to contribute to the network's coverage of the selection of the new pope in Rome.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer than affects the white blood cells in bone marrow. The 74-year-old former anchor of "NBC Nightly News" is currently contributing to the network's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi. He released a statement through the network. "With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Meg James
William J. Bratton, former Los Angeles Police Department chief and former police commissioner of New York and Boston, has joined NBC News as an analyst specializing in police counterterrorism efforts, domestic intelligence gathering and criminal justice. The Comcast-owned network said Thursday that Bratton -- already a familiar face on TV in the aftermath of such high-profile events as the Boston Marathon bombing and the Christopher Dorner shooting rampage in Southern California -- would regularly appear on NBC News programs as well as on the company's cable news channel MSNBC.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
David Axelrod, former White House advisor and senior strategist for President Obama's 2008 and 2012 election campaigns, is joining MSNBC and NBC News as a senior political analyst, the networks announced today. It marks a return to the world of journalism for the formerly mustachioed politico. He was the City Hall bureau chief at the Chicago Tribune for eight years before launching his own media and political consulting firm.  His move is the latest in a post-election reshuffling at the cable news networks.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before going out to vote for next mayor of Los Angeles. The Skinny: It's election day here so do your civic duty and remember to take nothing for granted. Tuesday's stories include a new president at NBC News, Seth MacFarlane says no -- again -- to hosting the Oscars, and "The X Factor" has locked in its new judges. Daily Dose: Now that the upfronts are done, the big TV production companies have rolled out the red carpet for top television executives from around the globe who come here every May for a shopping spree.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014
Garrick Utley, 74, a veteran TV journalist whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, died of cancer Thursday in New York. NBC announced his death Friday morning. Utley began at NBC News in 1963, and for three decades handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated "Meet the Press. " In between, Utley anchored "Weekend Today" and the Sunday "Nightly News," as well as two newsmagazines in different decades, under four titles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Arsenio Hall has gotten an apology from NBC News' Brian Williams, and all it took was a threat from Suge Knight! And some outspoken fans. On Tuesday night's episode of "The Arsenio Hall Show," Hall complained that Williams had left him out of an "NBC Nightly News" graphic on the various late night hosts. The graphic listed nine hosts, leaving out Hall and TBS' Pete Holmes. Hall said he didn't want to be the "angry black man" over the slight, so he brought out a friend who had no trouble filling that role: music mogul and ex-convict Suge Knight.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
HEALTH
February 19, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Arsenio Hall has been hosting his revived late-night show since last fall, but no one told the staff at "NBC Nightly News," it seems. During a recent report on Jimmy Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show," producers filled the screen with nine headshots of Fallon's late-night colleagues. There was Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Chelsea Handler, Andy Cohen, Carson Daly, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Missing? Arsenio Hall. Hall was also absent from a New York Times report on the shifting late-night landscape.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer than affects the white blood cells in bone marrow. The 74-year-old former anchor of "NBC Nightly News" is currently contributing to the network's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi. He released a statement through the network. "With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent heroin overdose on Feb. 2 has prompted a wave of news reports, think pieces and remembrances. But NBC News seems to be pushing things further. The network has published a story about the contents of the private diaries police recovered from Hoffman's home, which, in shedding light on the actor's struggles with addiction, also raise questions of privacy and propriety. According to the NBC report , the diaries "reveal a man who was troubled by 'demons' and struggled to control them with Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
NBC has pulled the plug on "Rock Center," the prime-time news magazine hosted by "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams, after just two seasons, the network said late Friday. The cancellation of "Rock Center" is a blow to Williams and NBC's news unit, which spent a lot of money on the show. NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke was also a champion of "Rock Center. " Besides Williams, "Rock Center" was filled with several big-name producers and correspondents including former "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel and Harry Smith, a CBS News veteran.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The British invasion of NBC News continues. In her first major hire since taking over as president of NBC News in August, Deborah Turness has raided her old shop ITV News and tapped Julian March, ITV's director of online for a similar role at NBC News. March will serve as senior vice president of editorial and innovation at NBC News. In that role, he will have oversight over all of NBC News' digital business including NBCNews.com and integration of NBC's television and digital operations.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
After 52 years broadcasting Southern California's biggest stories from the same Burbank studio, KNBC-TV Channel 4 has pulled up stakes and moved into a gleaming new center on the Universal lot. "Everyone was sad to leave the old building, it had such a rich history with the studios used by Johnny Carson and even 'Days of Our Lives,' " said Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4, on Friday. KNBC now is broadcasting from Los Angeles. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "We moved about a mile away, but we have moved into the future," Carlston said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
New mom Kristen Bell is in "mama bear" mode, and she and husband Dax Shepard are urging fans to boycott magazines that publish unauthorized photos of children of celebrities. The "House of Lies" actress and "Parenthood" actor, who welcomed their baby girl Lincoln last March , sat down with NBC News' "Today" to discuss the topic and its ramifications in an interview that aired Friday. In September, following Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner's testimony in August , California's state legislature passed SB 606, aimed at preventing paparazzi from taking unauthorized photos of celebrities' kids, and the bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
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