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NIKKI FINKE SLAMS DOOR ON DEPARTING SALES EXEC

June 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke has greeted word that Lynne Segall is quitting MMC, Deadline’s corporate parent, to become publisher of The Hollywood Reporter with a 1,300-word “good riddance.” While calling Segall “a tireless ad sales machine with great Hollywood connections,” she accused her of ethical offenses that jeopardized the integrity of her website. As soon as […]

COURIC LANDS AT ABC

June 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC, which is losing Oprah Winfrey, is gaining Katie Couric. ABC Confirmed today (Monday) that it had signed a deal with Couric to host a syndicated talk show beginning in the fall of 2012 and to contribute to ABC News beginning this summer. In a message to staff, ABC News President Ben Sherwood said: “I’ve […]

COURIC SIGNS OFF

May 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Katie Couric gracefully bowed out of her anchoring duties at CBS after five years Thursday night, proudly showing off clips from some of the interviews she conducted for the newscast over the years, and finally thanking viewers “for coming along with me on this incredible journey.” Today’s (Friday) Los Angeles Times indicated that Couric will […]

COURIC STAYS MUM ABOUT FUTURE PLANS

April 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A seemingly awkward moment occurred on the syndicated The View Tuesday, when Barbara Walters, apparently referring to persistent reports that Katie Couric will be leaving as anchor of the CBS Evening News to host a daytime talk show, remarked, “I think you’re doing the right thing.” Couric retorted, “Well, you don’t know what I’m doing, […]

COURIC ALREADY SIDELINED AT 60 MINUTES

April 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Well before her $15-million-per-year contract with CBS neared its end, Katie Couric was already being marginalized by the news division — limited to an average of fewer than five appearances per year on 60 Minutes, for example, the New York Times observed on Sunday. Moreover, the newspaper noted, she received a “chilly reception” from some […]

REPORTS: VIEIRA LEAVING TODAY

April 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Meredith Vieira is planning to leave her two jobs as co-host of NBC’s Today and host of the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire when her contracts for those shows expire late this year, published reports citing unnamed sources said on Tuesday. Vieira has reportedly told producers of those programs that she wishes to […]

REPORTS: COURIC WILL LEAVE CBS

March 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It is becoming “increasingly likely” that Katie Couric will depart the CBS Evening News when her contract expires on June 4 and launch a syndicated talk show that would debut in 2012, Broadcasting & Cable magazine reported today (Tuesday), citing sources close to Couric. The trade publication said that Couric and her advisors believe that […]

EX-NBC CHIEF WANTED HUFFINGTON

February 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Former NBC chief Jeff Zucker said Monday that he had tried to acquire the liberal-leaning Huffington Post and position it as an adjunct to cable network MSNBC. Speaking at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, he noted that currently MSNBC.com does not share the “distinct point of view” of the cable channel but instead reflects the neutral position […]

EXEC EXITS CONTINUE AT NBC

January 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Comcast’s purge of top NBC executives continued on Thursday with the announcement that Angela Bromstad, the network’s president of primetime entertainment, is stepping down. As NBC’s top programming executive since 2009 — she replaced the much pilloried Ben Silverman — she stood behind “the two Jeffs” (Zucker and Gaspin) as critics discharged brickbats at the […]

DID KENNEDYS KILL JFK MINISERIES?

January 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Members of the Kennedy family including Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, and Maria Shriver, niece of JFK, put pressure on the History Channel to kill an expensive eight-part miniseries that it planned to air in the spring, the Hollywood Reporter said Saturday. According to the Reporter, which first reported History […]

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