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February 12, 2013

Comcast buys the other half of NBC Universal, meaning your cable provider owns 30 Rock

  • $16.7B the amount Comcast will pay General Electric for the 49 percent stake in NBC Universal it doesn’t currently own. The sale includes the sale of NBC’s iconic 30 Rockefeller Center building in NYC. General Electric, until now, had been in the entertainment industry for roughly 90 years. Let’s hope a small fraction of this dollar amount goes to bringing EveryBlock back online. source
19:07 // 1 year ago
August 14, 2012
It’s undeniable we hurt our ratings by doing that. We have to balance what we’re trying to do for viewers across the country and our business model.
NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus • Discussing whether or not NBC should have tape-delayed some events which ran live; specifically noting the men’s basketball finals between the U.S. and Spain, and men’s tennis finals between Andy Murray and Roger Federer.  The London Olympics became the most-watched television event in U.S. history, surpassing the 2008 games in Beijing, and drew a total audience of 219.4 million viewers.  The network may even turn a profit on the coverage, after initially forecasting a $200 million loss, and is now wondering if additional tape delays during future Olympics might be in their best interest.  source (viafollow)
17:21 // 2 years ago
July 11, 2012
Guess which cable news network is getting two Christmases?
The End of an Era: Although Microsoft abandoned MSNBC’s cable-news network back in 2005, the company has maintained a partnership with NBC in relation to MSNBC.com. Now, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz is reporting that NBC is set to purchase Microsoft’s share of the news site and plans to rebrand it as NBCNews.com. Chief executive Charlie Tillinghast is expected to remain in his position, though he and roughly 300 other employees will likely move off of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus. No word on how this might affect affiliated sites like Newsvine or BreakingNews. source
(Update: TVNewser has taken exception to Kurtz’s claims of having any sort of “exclusive” regarding the future of MSNBC. Kurtz has responded on Twitter, telling followers that “Obviously there’s been reporting that NBC-Microsoft divorce might happen, but the news is it actually *is* happening.”)
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The End of an Era: Although Microsoft abandoned MSNBC’s cable-news network back in 2005, the company has maintained a partnership with NBC in relation to MSNBC.com. Now, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz is reporting that NBC is set to purchase Microsoft’s share of the news site and plans to rebrand it as NBCNews.com. Chief executive Charlie Tillinghast is expected to remain in his position, though he and roughly 300 other employees will likely move off of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus. No word on how this might affect affiliated sites like Newsvine or BreakingNews. source

(Update: TVNewser has taken exception to Kurtz’s claims of having any sort of “exclusive” regarding the future of MSNBC. Kurtz has responded on Twitter, telling followers that “Obviously there’s been reporting that NBC-Microsoft divorce might happen, but the news is it actually *is* happening.”)

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15:31 // 2 years ago
May 7, 2012
If Comcast is violating the administration’s orders, it should face significant penalties so consumers know they can count on the administration to protect it from anticompetitive conduct.
Senator Al Franken • In a statement, after sending a letter to the FCC and Department of Justice, requesting an investigation of possible violations of the conditions that Comcast agreed to when the company merged with NBC last year. “When the Obama administration signed off on Comcast’s merger with NBC Universal, it laid out a set of rules to prevent Comcast from squashing its competitors,” added Franken. Comcast has denied allegations of wrongdoing, saying that its On Demand service is subject to cable rules, but not internet regulations. source (viafollow)
17:03 // 2 years ago
January 16, 2012
0:42 // 2 years ago
December 8, 2011

The Roots’ punishment for the Bachmann incident: Heavy bureaucracy

  • 3 NBC execs will now have to screen Questlove’s intro song choices source

» Questlove won’t be able to tweet about it, either: Not long after we heard about the infamous “Jimmy Fallon” incident, in which Michele Bachmann went on the stage to the not-flattering Fishbone ditty “Lying @$$ B!(&!,” we heard the band got punished over the incident, but the punishment wasn’t spelled out … until now. The Roots bandleader has previously expressed regret over the incident. It’s not all awful in Roots-world: The band just released a new album.

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11:55 // 2 years ago
November 29, 2011
So, it appears TechDirt picked up that letter that leaked from NBC Universal trying to strongarm its suppliers into supporting SOPA. We spent a few days researching that one.

So, it appears TechDirt picked up that letter that leaked from NBC Universal trying to strongarm its suppliers into supporting SOPA. We spent a few days researching that one.

19:13 // 2 years ago
November 23, 2011
23:27 // 2 years ago
September 10, 2011
Ryan, You need to get off TWITTER immediately and protect your family from the hurricane. That is an order.
A suspicious e-mail sent to NBC director of social media Ryan Osborn • Leading to a possible infiltration of Osborn’s computer. Osborn, being obviously confused by such a weird message (received during Hurricane Irene), responded and received another message in return that said “I’m the girl next door” and contained an attachment. Osborn then mistakenly opened the attachment which contained a Christmas tree. Security experts say an infiltration like that could have caused a keylogger to get installed on Osborn’s computer, which may have led to yesterday’s hack. This, of course, underlines why having strong computer security is important, even for an organization like NBC News, which claims their security was otherwise so tight that only three executives knew the Twitter account’s password. And how far The Script Kiddies were willing to go to pull off such a hack. source (viafollow)
11:57 // 2 years ago
May 11, 2011

Blatant evidence the FCC is in bed with big corporate entities

  • January After a long year of hand-wringing, including much complaining by consumer groups, the FCC approved the merger of NBC Universal and Comcast by 4-1. There was much teeth-grinding.
  • May One of the four commissioners who voted for the merger, Meredith Attwell Baker, has a new job. Wanna guess where? It rhymes with “bombast.” Or, perhaps, “total conflict of interest.”  source
23:28 // 3 years ago