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LAUER DIDN’T BOOT CURRY, I DID, SAYS TODAY EXEC PRODUCER

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC’s Today show, insists that it was he and not Matt Lauer who made the decision to replace Ann Curry with Savannah Guthrie as co-anchor. “He is the host and does not have management responsibility,” Bell told the New York Times. “It was not his call. That was my […]

NBC SETS ITS OWN OLYMPIC RECORDS

July 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After a weekend of spectacular ratings success, it seemed clear that NBC’s decision to blanket its Olympics coverage over cable and Internet outlets has not resulted in cannibalizing its broadcast audience. On Saturday, ordinarily the least-watched day of the week for broadcast television, 28.7 million viewers tuned in, setting a record for an opening night […]

GUTHRIE QUIETLY TAKES OVER ANN CURRY’S JOB

July 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A day after Ann Curry was ousted as co-host of NBC’s Today show, the morning show’s news reader, Savannah Guthrie quietly took her place. There was no special welcome for her and it wasn’t until after the show had already aired that Today‘s executive producer Jim Bell issued a statement saying that he was “thrilled […]

EBERSOL RETURNS TO NBC SPORTS — AS A “SPECIAL ADVISER”

August 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Just three months after resigning as head of NBC Sports and Olympics, Dick Ebersol is returning to the network as a special adviser, the New York Times reported today (Wednesday), citing several senior NBC executives. How his role will be different from what it was when he was officially running the unit was not spelled […]

TODAY PRODUCER CALLS LAUER QUITTING RUMOR “LUDICROUS”

April 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC’s Today show, says that the increasing speculation that Matt Lauer will be leaving the show when his contract expires at the end of next year is “ludicrous.” In an interview with today’s (Friday) Hollywood Reporter, Bell remarked: “When we’re talking about something that is almost two years away, […]