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July 18, 1989 | By Gail Shister Inquirer TV critic Ken Tucker contributed to this report
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.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 12, 2008 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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...
SPORTS
January 10, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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)
SPORTS
October 8, 1993 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 25, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
March 16, 1999 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 20, 1997 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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BUSINESS
June 12, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gary Zenkel, a former college golfer with a lean frame and nervous energy over the fast-approaching Olympics, calls it "the most ambitious digital-video project ever. " At the height of this summer's Olympics in London, NBC will be live-streaming 40 separate sporting events that a user can click and watch on www.nbcolympics.com. Both NBC and Comcast say there could be technical glitches and YouTube is lending assistance with a streaming player, but officials seem confident that it can be pulled off. As of last week there were still details to be worked out. End-to-end, the 17 days of streamed Olympics competition will make up a major part of more than 5,000 hours of Olympics programming.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's showtime for the new head of NBC Sports, Mark Lazarus, and programming executive Jon Miller on the 15th floor in Rockefeller Center. After Monday's televised Winter Classic - the Rangers-vs.-Flyers NHL game at Citizens Bank Park - the also-ran Versus 24-hour sports channel that never lived up to its ratings expectations under Comcast Corp.'s ownership will be rebooted as the around-the-clock cable outlet NBC Sports Network. A national sports channel was one of the economic justifications for the $30 billion marriage of Comcast and NBC Universal Inc. in 2010, which combined the cable distribution power of Comcast, whose cable lines pass about 50 million homes, with the artistry and sports legacy of NBC-TV.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 20, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Dick Ebersol, who made NBC the TV home of the Olympics for more than two decades, will watch someone else run the network's coverage of next year's Summer Games. The powerful TV executive behind shows from "Saturday Night Live" to "Sunday Night Football" has resigned as head of NBC Sports in a contract dispute with his new bosses at Comcast. The break was sudden and unexpected: Ebersol got a promotion when Comcast took over NBC Universal earlier this year and appeared Monday at a presentation NBC gave to advertisers in New York, tossing footballs from the stage and talking about coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2011 | By Dan Gross
EXPECT COMCAST SportsNet to soon change its name to NBC Sports Philadelphia. NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol recently told NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that Comcast's regional sports networks "all across the country will begin to be referred to something like 'NBC Sports Philadelphia,' 'NBC Sports Chicago,' etc. "That will give viewers a much better sense of who we are wherever they go," Ebersol said on Bettman's SiriusXM Radio...
SPORTS
June 12, 2008 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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...
SPORTS
October 25, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
June 16, 2005 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Football analyst John Madden will join NBC when the network begins carrying NFL games on Sunday nights, in the 2006 season. Madden, 69, has signed with NBC for six years, the full term of its deal with the NFL. For the coming season, Madden will continue working with Al Michaels on ABC's Monday Night Football, through ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XL in February in Detroit. Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports, said the network hadn't chosen a play-by-play announcer to accompany Madden in what he said will be a two-man booth.
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