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July 1, 1998 | New York Daily News
When the Nielsen numbers rolled out yesterday, NBC News' flagship, the top-ranked "NBC Nightly News," had turned in its best year-round ratings in 32 years. So how come nobody says TV's No. 1 newscast is TV's best? Wrong question, says David Doss, the show's exec producer since 1996. "It's not a question of us not getting the recognition we deserve," he said. Doss would rather talk about his show's success, which he attributes in part to the success of NBC's "Today" and "Dateline" franchises and cable's MSNBC.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2011 | By Dan Gross
LOOKS LIKE Ed Rendell is being hired at NBC News, though in what capacity is not yet clear, sources say. Politico.com reported yesterday that Rendell was close to signing with MSNBC, for which he would become a "regular political contributor for the 2012 campaign cycle," according to Politico's David Catanese . We're told Rendell could be used on other NBC News broadcasts, too. An NBC News spokeswoman declined comment yesterday. "I'm doing it mostly because I want to continue to participate in the public dialogue and speeches and television are the best venues to do that," the former governor told Catanese.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Carol Morello, Debbi Wilgoren, and Ahmed Ramadan, Washington Post
ANTAKYA, Turkey - NBC News correspondent Richard Engel and his four-person crew were freed unharmed Monday after being kidnapped inside Syria and subjected to five days of forced moves and death threats. The journalists were released following a gun battle between their captors and Syrian rebels at a checkpoint manned by the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, NBC said. They crossed safely back into Turkey. Appearing on the Today show Tuesday morning, Engel, 39, said his captors were part of a government militia known as Shabiha, which is loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
NEWS
December 22, 1987 | By Gail Shister (Inquirer staff writer Joe Logan contributed to this report.)
R2D2 and C3PO are coming to the NBC Nightly News. Beginning in mid-February, NBC will use - gasp - robots to operate cameras on Tom Brokaw's Nightly News. A few months after that, the robotic shutterbugs will also surface on NBC News at Sunrise as well as on NBC specials and election reports. According to Tom Wolzien, the peacock's vice president for editorial production services, virtually all the in-studio camera work in those shows involves static head shots. He figures that using three robot cameras could save the budget-minded network almost $1 million a year.
NEWS
March 3, 1993 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
"There will always be some errors in newsgathering, but the tricks that microphones, cameras and film make possible should never be contrived to document an event that we missed or may never have happened. " - Edward R. Murrow Yesterday's announcement that NBC News President Michael Gartner was stepping down was met with anything but surprise. Gartner, 54, relinquished day-to-day responsibilities for the news division and announced he will resign as president Aug. 1. The former Wall Street Journal editor is an apparent casualty of the fallout from a "Dateline NBC" report that featured a General Motors truck that network testers rigged with explosives.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay is the latest unwelcome development at an NBCUniversal News Group division that has become a nagging and highly public trouble spot for Comcast Corp. The problems at NBC News, which date to Ann Curry's tearful on-air goodbye as Today co-host in June 2012, have stretched over two news-division leadership regimes. Williams' suspension now threatens months of speculation on his ultimate fate at the ratings leader Nightly News . "It's a noisy problem, and it plays out in the public," said Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
NEWS
January 6, 1987 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Critic
NBC News president Lawrence K. Grossman, whose network leads the news ratings at night and in the morning, yesterday promised expanded service in 1987 even though the number of his employees has been cut. Grossman said NBC would air 15 one-hour documentaries this year, triple the number of 1986, and would begin a Sunday-morning newscast "in the middle of the year. " He said he also was planning to expand Today to seven mornings a week, although he gave no target date. During a 50-minute news conference before about 80 television critics at the Century Plaza Hotel, Grossman spent much of his time fielding questions about NBC's new owner, General Electric, and whether GE would supply the resources necessary to continue NBC's sweeping successes in news last year.
NEWS
March 3, 1993 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This article contains information from Reuters
NBC News president Michael Gartner, whose career sustained devastating damage after one of his shows blew up a General Motors pickup truck, announced yesterday that he was resigning. Gartner, 54, a distinguished newspaper editor before he took over NBC News almost five years ago, acknowledged that the now-infamous Dateline NBC story contributed to the timing of his departure. In that scandal, the network faked crash-test results on a GM pickup truck and was forced into an apology Feb. 9 to settle a defamation lawsuit.
NEWS
February 11, 2015
THE TRUTH IS, I know Brian Williams. I like him. He is a master of personability. The whole truth is I don't know him well. I respect that he climbed to the pinnacle of broadcast journalism - anchoring NBC's top-rated "Nightly News" - by combining hard work, intelligence, personality and craggy good looks. Not bad for a college dropout. I met Brian through his older brother David, who was a TV critic for a Portland, Maine, newspaper. At the time, I was this paper's TV critic.
NEWS
October 14, 1994 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / SHARON J. WOHLMUTH
Common Pleas Court Judge Juanita Kidd Stout spoke with guest speaker Andrea Mitchell of NBC News yesterday at a luncheon where Stout, 75, received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association for her legal achievements.
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March 6, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bill O'Reilly truthism scandal is dead. It's well and truly over despite an ever-growing list of allegations that the Fox News commentator misrepresented events during his career as a TV journalist while covering the aftermath of the Falkland Wars, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and the Nicaraguan Contras, not to mention the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It will soon be forgotten even if new accusations arise daily. For people who matter - O'Reilly's fans and his employers - the question of whether he lied   is essentially moot.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay is the latest unwelcome development at an NBCUniversal News Group division that has become a nagging and highly public trouble spot for Comcast Corp. The problems at NBC News, which date to Ann Curry's tearful on-air goodbye as Today co-host in June 2012, have stretched over two news-division leadership regimes. Williams' suspension now threatens months of speculation on his ultimate fate at the ratings leader Nightly News . "It's a noisy problem, and it plays out in the public," said Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Celebs mourn Stewart "No!!! Jon Stewart can't retire from The Daily Show !!" So tweets Charmed alum Alyssa Milano , echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans cut to the quick by Stewart's decision to leave his pioneering faux-news program. He was a source of news, a media critic, and a talk-show host who chatted with fascinating guests. He even helped make a few careers. "Shocked & sad to see the man who gave me my big break . . . is ready to hang it up," says Josh Gad . Many fans are angry that they'll have to sit through the 2016 elections without the guidance of the (fake)
NEWS
February 12, 2015
DOES IT MATTER if Brian Williams ever returns to his anchor chair? Not to me. I'm not among the 26 percent of Americans watching network news daily. But his story is important - for what it tells us about ourselves, for what it means to journalism. On one level it's familiar: a person in a powerful position pulled down by his own faults; a case of obvious intelligence overridden by judgment gone AWOL. We see such stories regularly. It's just that this one involves someone at the pinnacle of a profession who's supposed to seek the truth yet, sadly, seems to have trouble knowing it when he sees it. The "NBC Nightly News" boss, who early in his career (1986-87)
NEWS
February 11, 2015
THE TRUTH IS, I know Brian Williams. I like him. He is a master of personability. The whole truth is I don't know him well. I respect that he climbed to the pinnacle of broadcast journalism - anchoring NBC's top-rated "Nightly News" - by combining hard work, intelligence, personality and craggy good looks. Not bad for a college dropout. I met Brian through his older brother David, who was a TV critic for a Portland, Maine, newspaper. At the time, I was this paper's TV critic.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brian Williams' future? What future? NBC anchorman Brian Williams has admitted he "made a mistake" (read: lied) when he claimed he was in the middle of an exciting Black Hawk Down -esque incident in Iraq in 2003. What now? He'll be fired, for sure! Isn't that what Williams' most august predecessor, Tom Brokaw , demands? Nope. "I have neither demanded nor suggested Brian be fired," Brokaw said in an e-mail to the Huffington Post. "His future is up to Brian and NBC. " NBC News prez Deborah Turness on Friday told her staff by e-mail that she has discussed the issue with Williams and his Nightly News team.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
No Bey for Obama girls! Malia and Sasha Obama 's brains will rot - and their souls will be claimed by Mephistopheles - if they continue listening to Beyoncé 's devil music. That's the gist of a sermon delivered by the nation's conscience Mike Huckabee , via People mag. Yes, it's election season, and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who many say is poised to run for the White House in '16, is making points with his GOP base by sizing up the White House's morals - and finding them wanting.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kesha: He abused me   Kesha Rose Sebert , 27, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against former music producer Dr. Luke ( Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald ) alleging she has been "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused" for nearly a decade by him. Kesha says Dr. Luke once forced her to snort an unnamed drug before a plane flight, then he "continuously forced himself" upon her. Kesha, who did a stint in rehab in January, has blamed Dr. Luke for her eating disorder.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
SOME THINGS never change. Most importantly for the Wayans brothers , it's sibling pranks. Marlon , Shawn , Damon and Keenen Ivory Wayans will play the Tower Theater on Saturday, each performing his own stand-up set. Their travels together have opened them up to continuous sibling ribbing. Keenen, the elder statesman of the famous clan, remembered that when he was a kid, Shawn and Marlon would insist on hanging out with him. When he rebuffed his younger brothers, they would douse his towel in vinegar while he was showering.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeff Shell, a former Comcast Corp. programming executive in Philadelphia, will head the Universal film studio as Steve Burke and Comcast Corp. tighten their grip on Hollywood. Shell is the latest top executive installed by Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal and a confidant of Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts. Shell headed entertainment programming at Comcast before the cable giant acquired NBCUniversal. He trotted the globe developing deals for NBCUniversal over the last two years, a position many inside Comcast viewed as tailored to give him exposure and retain him for a more glamorous job. He had been based in London.
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