May 16, 2000 |
It's been another typical week at Sherwood Schwartz's Los Angeles office. There were the usual letters from priests, confessing that they used to rush home from school to catch reruns of his old show, "The Brady Bunch," and requesting any suggestions he might have for sermon topics. And of course, stuck in the stack of mail is another note from another convict explaining that the cast photo he'd asked for a few years earlier has been stolen and he needs a new one for his wall.
March 2, 1989 |
NBC weatherman Willard Scott indirectly joked on the "Today" show Wednesday about a Bryant Gumbel memo that sharply criticized him, but said off the air that the morning-show host's remarks had "cut like a knife." "I feel so sorry that it happened," he added in an interview, referring to a published report Tuesday that disclosed Gumbel's 5-month-old memo, which had been intended as a private one for "Today" executive producer Marty Ryan.
January 9, 2010 |
Jeff Zucker was a fearless news producer and fast-rising entertainment executive who was just 41 when he became head of NBC Universal. But in the last few years, the onetime whiz kid behind the "Today" show -- he turned Katie Couric into a star -- has made several costly miscalculations that have led to a spectacular fall by the country's premier television network. Zucker's troubles were magnified this week when, with NBC facing a revolt by affiliate stations furious over their sinking ratings, he decided to move Jay Leno back to late night after less than four months.
September 24, 1994 |
The Walt Disney Co. has ended negotiations to buy General Electric's NBC after only being offered a deal to acquire 49% of the network, one knowledgeable source said Friday. Industry sources said Disney did not want to pay a premium to buy a minority stake in NBC but still remains interested in acquiring a network. GE values NBC at $5.5 billion, the sources indicated.
February 4, 1993 |
General Electric Co. on Wednesday tapped independent television producer Donald W. Ohlmeyer Jr. to revitalize its financially troubled NBC network and to breathe new life into NBC's sagging lineup of entertainment programs. The naming of Ohlmeyer to the newly created post of president, NBC West Coast, comes in response to mounting problems at the once-dominant network.
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.
October 9, 2001 |
General Electric Co.'s NBC television network is close to finalizing a $2.1-billion acquisition of Telemundo, the nation's second-largest Spanish-language television network, sources close to the negotiations said Monday. Although talks could still fall apart and another bidder could materialize, sources said the remaining details should be worked out within a few days.