October 29, 1987 |
NBC brought out the big guns last week for TV critics gathered here: Brokaw, Chancellor, Bode. You could tell who was who by looking at their shoes. The scuffed brown lace-ups belonged to the seriously horn-rimmed Ken Bode, political correspondent and former academic. The oxblood lace-ups were commentator John Chancellor's, as was the rumpled tweed jacket. The sleek black slip-ons were connected, of course, to the feet of anchorman Tom Brokaw. Brokaw's performance didn't disappoint his fans.
May 22, 1996 |
They'd sweated their degrees. They hadn't counted on sweating in 90-plus degrees. But there they were, sticky under black caps and gowns, about 5,000 graduates of the University of Pennsylvania in a giant rotisserie called Franklin Field. With ceremony and plenty of bottled water, the Class of '96 staggered through Penn's 204th annual spring rites. Commencement speaker Tom Brokaw - more witty and moving than in his usual role as NBC News anchor - told the newly minted grads to expect whirlwind change in the 21st century.
September 23, 1993 |
While President Clinton pitches his health-care proposal on television last night, "NBC Nightly News" production crew prepares for a forum on health care hosted by NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw at Temple University.
June 7, 1990 |
NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" is gradually moving toward a new format that will permit Brokaw to spend more time covering news in the field and give Jane Pauley an enhanced role as anchor in New York. Pauley has not been named co-anchor of the broadcast, and NBC officials did not say how often she will appear on the program. But fundamental changes seem to be on the horizon for the "Nightly News. " Steve Friedman, the new executive producer of the show, this week told NBC affiliates meeting in Washington: "We want to be a show of interest, not the show of record.
February 8, 2015 |
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.
March 4, 2015 |
THERE'S AN ORDER in the court . . . for three more years of "Judge Judy. " The popular jurist who fixes tsuris , has extended her contract with CBS TV Distribution and now plans to keep her court in session into 2020. Salary terms were not discussed, but Judge Judy Sheindlin , a feisty 72, currently takes home $47 million a year - more than even a Philly Traffic Court judge. She is by far the highest paid person on television. And like a L'Oreal model, she's worth it. During 2013, the last full year for which figures were available, Kantar Media reported that "Judge Judy" earned $136.8 million in revenue.
October 12, 1995 |
O.J. Simpson's abrupt cancellation of a television interview was celebrated yesterday by groups that had opposed his so-called rehabilitation on the airwaves. Tammy Bruce, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, said: "Our reaction is I don't know why anyone should be surprised. Mr. Simpson has acted like a coward throughout this trial. " "I think NBC responded naively to the feeling they were going to get anything of substance from Mr. Simpson," Bruce added.
April 28, 2013 |
What's the deal with the Miley Cyrus - Liam Hemsworth wedding? Will it ever happen? Miley's da, Billy Ray Cyrus , says he's out of the loop. He does share the advice he gave the couple about marrying. "I said, 'You guys are great friends. Don't take a chance on messing that up. Be good to each other and be good friends and everything else will figure itself out,' " Billy, 51, tells Access Hollywood Live . MTV casting call MTV's The Real World will have an open casting call Saturday at McFadden's, 461 N. Third St. in Old City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Can't make it?
January 18, 1990 |
It won't be "The Tom and Jane Show," after all. Despite rumors to the contrary, Tom Brokaw says he has decided not to join Jane Pauley this summer on NBC's proposed magazine show, the news division's 16th attempt at launching such a program over the last two decades. (No. 15, you'll recall, was last fall's "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," which has now been turned over to NBC's entertainment wing for retooling and recasting.) "I did consider it," Brokaw said Tuesday. "But, for the time being, I've got my plate full.
May 12, 1987 |
Don't expect any heartburn over the Gary Hart affair from Tom Brokaw. Speaking on the phone yesterday, Brokaw, who is anchoring the NBC Nightly News (6:30 p.m., Channel 3) from Philadelphia today, defended the role of the press in hastening the demise of Hart's candidacy. As Brokaw put it, it's just another case of journalists doing their job. (For local flavor, tonight's NBC news will include a report on the mayoral race and a piece on the bicentennial of the Constitution.) "Some individual episodes might have gone too far," Brokaw said, referring to the Washington Post reporter who asked Hart if he had committed adultery.