October 5, 1988 |
The NBC television network, which last week said it would turn a profit from its Olympic telecasts despite lower-than-expected ratings, reversed itself Tuesday and said it lost money on them. The admission, made two days after the Summer Games in South Korea ended, included a qualifier: The six TV stations that NBC owns, including KNBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles, posted what a spokesman said was "a small profit" on the Games.
September 11, 1991 |
Remember that peculiar TV commercial a few years ago, where a soap-opera actor announced, "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV"--and then proceeded to trade on his TV persona to sell some over-the-counter remedy? Such Hippocratic high jinks could go by the boards at ABC if the network goes ahead with proposed revisions of its guidelines for advertisers about the content of TV commercials.
November 27, 1991 |
Hollywood and Wall Street have been hit again in recent days with rumors that General Electric was about to sell the NBC television network. In the latest stories, more than one buyer was featured--Paramount Communications for the network's entertainment facilities and contracts, with Turner Broadcasting buying NBC News and sports. Rumors, like gossip, are fun. As on past occasions, the GE rumors apparently have come to nothing.
July 11, 1995 |
In an agreement that demonstrates the shifting balance of power between television networks and their affiliates, NBC on Monday agreed to carry programming developed by New World Communications Group on the six stations it owns in exchange for an ownership interest in the shows and renewal of affiliations with two New World stations.
September 30, 1988 |
Two British athletes, sprinter Linford Christie and a judo medalist, tested positive for drugs in the first round of testing, the British Olympic Assn. said Friday. Christie, a former European champion and a silver medalist in the men's 100 meters, tested positive for pseudoephedrine, association spokeswoman Caroline Searle said. Searle described the drug as "a low-dose stimulant found in cold and hay fever preparations."
August 13, 2000 |
This deal had it all. Speed. Fabulous sums of money. Atlantic crossings on a corporate jet. Clandestine meetings. Double-dealing. And an end game with a spy-like code name: the Sunset Project. At the center of it all: NBC's Dick Ebersol. Suave. Perpetually tan. A man with a fondness for Cuban cigars and a disdain for neckties. A man with a determination to get the Olympic Games for his network, no matter the opposition or obstacles.
December 26, 1997 |
Roger Muir had been a young producer in the nascent NBC television department for a year when he convinced himself that the network should have a kiddie show. The problem was, he had to convince his boss, Warren Wade, the head of programming, an old-time vaudeville man. "After several times hearing me badgering him about it, he said, 'All right, we're going to do it, but I want a show with live people and puppets,' " Muir said recently. "It was to be vaudeville for kids on TV."
August 11, 2003 |
Bob Wright isn't exactly Mr. Sizzle. The 60-year-old NBC chairman is rarely seen at hot spots that cater to Hollywood's power crowd. He's more comfortable in a dark suit and tie, leading team meetings on the 52nd floor of Rockefeller Center in New York, or working the phones while he's supposed to be vacationing in Nantucket, where his yacht, the Peacock, is moored. Some of Wright's contemporaries may find his style stiff and stuffy.
January 14, 1993 |
Did NBC reject talk show host David Letterman or did Letterman reject NBC? That may become the next big battle in the long-running television talk show wars. Sources close to the talks insisted on Wednesday that NBC, in a last-ditch move, offered Letterman the coveted "Tonight Show" slot held by Jay Leno just before Letterman accepted CBS' offer.
June 22, 2007 |
The no-holds-barred competition for television exclusives ratcheted up another level this week as Paris Hilton's representatives told networks bidding for the first post-jail interview with the heiress that NBC was considering paying as much as $1 million for the scoop. The massive payment -- purportedly a license fee for the use of personal video and images of the 26-year-old -- succeeded in boxing out NBC's competition, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.