July 18, 1989 |
So what if his new boss has zero journalism experience? "That's OK," says Today exec producer Marty Ryan. "I have lots. " In a shocker announced Saturday, new NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol also was named senior vice president of NBC News in charge of Today, the top-rated morning show. Embattled NBC News president Michael Gartner had overseen Today since the transfer of fast-tracker Timothy Russert to Washington. Ebersol, a major pal of NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff as well as Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, yesterday met with the stunned Today troops.
May 20, 2011 |
Legendary TV executive Dick Ebersol is leaving as head of NBC Sports only weeks before the broadcast network, now controlled by Comcast Corp., is expected to bid for the next round of Winter and Summer Olympics - coverage that over the years brought Ebersol extraordinary acclaim. Ebersol, who also cocreated Saturday Night Live , made the announcement Thursday. Negotiations for the rights to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will take place early in June in Switzerland.
June 12, 2008 |
This year, the U.S. Open will be televised in prime time. Because the Open is on the West Coast, making for an extra three hours of daylight, the U.S. Golf Association and NBC decided to take the national championship to millions more viewers in the evening on Saturday and Sunday, which is Father's Day. On Saturday, NBC 10 will air the third round of the Open from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday's final round will air from 3 to 9 p.m. "What a...
January 10, 2002 |
NBC will provide 375 1/2 hours of coverage from the Salt Lake City Olympics on broadcast television and on cable (CNBC and MSNBC), Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC sports and Olympics, announced yesterday. The network will supplement its coverage with a Web site, NBCOlympics.com, that will provide schedules, results and interactive activities. The games run from Feb. 8 through Feb. 24. Bob Costas, who will be working his fifth Olympic Games and fourth as prime-time host (8-11:30 p.m. most nights)
October 8, 1993 |
Don't expect suddenly retired Michael "Air" Jordan to follow Magic Johnson's path from the NBA to NBC's airwaves as an analyst. NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol said he intends to contact Jordan's agent, David Falk, about the superstar's availability as an NBA analyst. But Ebersol, like almost everyone else, believes Jordan wants to get away from the spotlight for a while. Ebersol also doesn't expect the NBA to draw the shades following Jordan's retirement. "The NBA is stronger than it has ever been," Ebersol said.
October 25, 2011 |
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to announce on Tuesday that NBC Sports will consolidate its Philadelphia and New York operations into Stamford. Consolidating the Comcast Corp. regional sports headquarters and the Versus cable operations could cost Philadelphia more than 100 jobs, according to estimates. Operations for the local Comcast SportsNet, which airs the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers games, are expected to remain in the city. NBCUniversal officials declined to comment and Malloy has scheduled a news conference at 11 a.m., with announcement headlined: "Gov.
October 25, 2006 |
The NFL announced yesterday that the Chicago Bears' Nov. 12 game at the New York Giants has been moved from 1 to 8:15 p.m. as the inaugural flexible scheduling event on NBC. Could an announcement of the Eagles' Nov. 26 game at Indianapolis be far behind? The NFL has implemented flexible scheduling for its Sunday night games on NBC in weeks 10-15 and week 17 this year. The aim is to have meaningful late-season matchups in prime time. Only Sunday afternoon games can be moved; games set for other days are locked in. The NFL will announce the flex game no later than 12 days before the event, except for the week 17 matchup, which will be announced no later than six days beforehand.
March 16, 1999 |
Almost everyone agrees that changes in the scandal-soaked International Olympic Committee are desperately needed. Many observers believe the changes should start at the top, with IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch heading for the exit. NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol isn't among those campaigning for Samaranch's resignation. Cynics will say that Ebersol is supporting Samaranch, 78, because the network will be televising the Summer Games through 2008. Ebersol counters by saying Samaranch is "a man of absolute integrity" and he's the only person who can clean up the mess tainting the IOC. "Samaranch is the only one adroit enough to get a consensus," Ebersol said, holding an unlighted cigar in his spacious, 15th-floor corner office.
October 20, 1997 |
Oops. That's the reaction from the top NBC Sports executive to negative comments made by Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC's West Coast division, about the World Series. The series happens to be on NBC. Ohlmeyer said Friday he hoped the World Series would be over in four straight so NBC's powerhouse Thursday night lineup featuring "Seinfeld" and "E.R. " wouldn't be preempted. He was undoubtedly doing cartwheels after Cleveland defeated host Florida last night, 6-1, evening the series at 1-1 and guaranteeing there will be a Game 5 Thursday.