September 24, 2012 |
Lead guy Billy Joe Armstrong of art-punkers Green Day went into an onstage rampage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday. He smashed his axe, ran around, and uttered unnice utterances. Rumor: The band was pressed to curtail its set to leave more time for following acts Rihanna and Usher . Festival host Clear Channel denies it. Now BJA's rep says he's checked into rehab for "substance abuse. " He landed in hospital earlier this month after returning from Italy. Local Emmy winners Give it up, yo, for local heroes who scored Emmys Sunday night at the 30th Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards at the Society Hill Sheraton on Saturday!
July 18, 2012 |
NBC News and Comcast Corp. moved on Monday to fix brand confusion between the MSNBC 24-hour cable news show, whose ratings have surged with liberal commentators Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and Ed Schultz, and the straight-news MSNBC.com news website. Comcast and NBC bought out Microsoft's 50 percent stake in MSNBC.com for a reported $300 million late last week. Readers logging on to MSNBC.com on Monday were redirected to NBCNews.com, a new website. NBC officials would not comment on the financial terms of buying out their 16-year partner in the venture.
November 15, 2011 |
THE FOLKS AT OCCUPY WALL ST. have it all wrong. If you want to get your job-creation message across on the news, you don't need to camp outside in the cold; you need your daddy to be president. For the second time in a year, NBC has hired the daughter of a former commander in chief to bring . . . we dunno, something . . . to its news division. First the "Today" show brought on Jenna Bush . Now "NBC Nightly News" and Brian Williams ' "Rock Center" have hired Chelsea Clinton . Chelsea will report stories for the feel-good "Making a Difference" series.
May 12, 2011
Jeff Gralnick, 72, a longtime television producer who helped shape the CBS show 60 Minutes , made NBC Nightly News the top-rated show, and served in various roles at ABC News, has died. NBC said Mr. Gralnick died Monday night at his home in Weston, Conn. He had battled cancer for years. Steve Capus, president of NBC News, called Mr. Gralnick a pioneer who changed the way news was produced, reported, and presented during his 52-year career at the three broadcast networks.
January 26, 2011 |
Ed Rendell is taking the Sarah Palin route out of politics: media stardom. NBC News says it has hired the former Pennsylvania governor as a political analyst. "Governor Rendell has never been afraid to share his thoughtful analysis on national and local issues," says NBC prez and local lad Steve Capus , an alum of William Tennent High School in Warminster. "[Rendell's] extensive experience serving the people of Pennsylvania gives him a unique perspective," adds Capus.
February 16, 2010
LOOKS AS IF NBC must have taken some flak for reshowing and reshowing and reshowing the fatal crash of Georgian luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili. How else would you explain a cease-and-desist order from NBC News president Steve Capus that forbids the footage to be aired by NBC or MSNBC without his permission? TVNewser reported that an NBC spokesperson issued the following statement: "NBC News handled the video of the luge accident with the utmost sensitivity. As we have done in the past, we felt the story had reached a point where it was no longer necessary to show the video when reporting on this tragic story.
June 23, 2008 |
Brokaw to handle Russert job for now Tom Brokaw will temporarily take the Meet the Press moderator's chair left vacant by the untimely death of Tim Russert. Brokaw has agreed to preside over the venerable Sunday morning interview show through the November election. He will start next week, NBC announced yesterday. Network news anchor Brian Williams, who sat in as moderator yesterday, made the announcement at the end of the broadcast. "I'm just thrilled that Tom has agreed to do this," NBC News president Steve Capus told the Associated Press.
May 1, 2007 |
Steve Capus graduated from Temple with a degree in communications, but judging by the last few weeks, he should have majored in crisis management. As president of NBC News, camera-shy Capus has been in the eye of not one but two media hurricanes in which his decisions have been heatedly debated on the national stage. From the ho-rrible (Don Imus) to the horrific (Virginia Tech), Capus found himself in the hot seat twice in short order. "At this point, a slow news week would be as welcome as a beautiful spring day at the end of a harsh winter," says Capus, 43, a Bucks County boy. If that sounds a tad lyrical, well, consider that Capus, a would-be musician since his days at William Tennent High School, still plucks his Rickenbacker electric bass during boring conference calls at NBC. Capus hit a sour note with viewers April 18 when NBC aired portions of the self-made videotape of Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho. Capus was accused of being insensitive to the victims' families.
April 20, 2007 |
In an unusual midcourse correction, TV networks have scaled back, or stopped altogether, running the disturbing video made by Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui. Bowing to a storm of public censure and the outrage from victims' families, NBC said yesterday that it would severely limit its use of the video on all NBC News broadcasts as well as on MSNBC. The other networks quickly followed suit. CBS said it would use "extreme caution" in airing any materials. CNN said it would run portions "very judiciously.