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Forget Illusion of Integrity: Bring Brian Williams Back

His job is essentially to be a 'front man,' and he's good at it: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - The allegations against Brian Williams may be piling up, but it's time for NBC to take a closer look at what matters. Media types may care deeply about the accusations, but it's not clear that those who really matter—the audience—really do, writes Michael Wolff in USA ... More »

NBC Sending Message to Brian Williams: 'You're Dead'

Sources speculate network is trying to force him out

(Newser) - Details about NBC's Brian Williams investigation are leaking out—for example, news broke that he may have told Jon Stewart a tall tale , and yesterday sources told the Washington Post that the investigation found at least 11 examples of Williams' publicly embellishing a story. Those leaks are likely quite... More »

NBC Editor Who Broke Ebola Quarantine Quits

Snyderman says she regrets becoming part of the story

(Newser) - NBC's chief medical editor appears to have decided that breaking quarantine after possible exposure to Ebola to get takeout food is a mistake that her broadcasting career isn't going to recover from. Dr. Nancy Snyderman has resigned to take a teaching position, saying "becoming part of the... More »

SNL's 40th Snags Monster Ratings

23.1M tuned in for 3.5-hour extravaganza

(Newser) - Some 23.1 million Americans tuned in last night for Saturday Night Live's three-and-a-half-hour 40th anniversary tribute to itself , reports Deadline , in the biggest ratings coup for an NBC primetime entertainment special in the decade since a Friends clip show pulled in 36.9 million people on the night... More »

Brian Williams Suspended for 6 Months

He won't collect a check, but NBC says he deserves second chance

(Newser) - Brian Williams won't be back on the air at NBC for quite a while. The network said tonight it is suspending Williams as Nightly News anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq war . NBC chief executive Steve... More »

Dysentery? Floating Body? Williams' Claims Under Fire

Now NBC anchor's Hurricane Katrina stories are under the microscope

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been apologizing for falsely recalling being on a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq. Now, more controversy regarding the NBC anchor's memory issues: The New Orleans Advocate says claims he made while covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005—including an account of contracting dysentery and watching... More »

NBC to Al Roker: Take It Down a Notch

NBC reportedly takes 'Today' weatherman to task for 'saying weird things'

(Newser) - Looks like NBC management wasn't as impressed with Al Roker's record-breaking 34-hour weathercasting marathon as the rest of the world. NBC brass recently held an "Al Roker intervention" to tell the Today show weatherman to tone it down and stick to deciphering the Doppler after a series... More »

NBC Cancels Upcoming Bill Cosby Sitcom

Network acts in wake of rape allegations

(Newser) - The Bill Cosby train wreck continues: NBC has canceled plans for a new family comedy with its one-time star, reports AP . The move comes after yet another rape allegation , this one from actress Janice Dickinson . It wasn't clear how far along the NBC project was, with the Hollywood Reporter... More »

NBC Cans Today Chief After 10 Weeks

Reasons behind Jamie Horowitz's exit unclear

(Newser) - The new head of the Today show joined the program only 10 weeks ago—sort of—and he's already been dropped, the New York Times reports. Jamie Horowitz and NBC News President Deborah Turness "have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit," Turness... More »

Jon Stewart Explains Why Meet the Press Offer Stalled

NBC was interested, but he never seriously considered it

(Newser) - Jon Stewart as host of a mainstream show like Meet the Press? In an interview with Rolling Stone , Stewart confirms that NBC was indeed interested in hiring him to replace David Gregory , and he explains why he never seriously entertained the idea:
  • "I felt like that was one of
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Reports: NBC Editor Broke Quarantine to Get Takeout

Nancy Snyderman now in mandatory isolation

(Newser) - The voluntary isolation that Nancy Snyderman and her crew members agreed to is now mandatory—and it might be because she apparently needed to make a food run last week. NBC's chief medical editor and her team were working closely with cameraman Ashoka Mukpo in Liberia when he contracted... More »

NBC Cameraman Has Ebola

And quarantined Dallas apartment still not sanitized

(Newser) - A freelance cameraman working in Liberia has become the fourth American to become infected with Ebola there. Ashoka Mukpo has been working in Liberia for the last three years and he developed symptoms, including fever and aches, on Wednesday this week, just a day after he was hired by NBC... More »

NYC's St. Paddy's Parade Lets Gay Group March

OUT@NBCUniversal will carry own banner

(Newser) - For the first time, New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade, the biggest in the world, will allow a gay group to participate with a banner of its own, the AP reports. Previously, gay groups had only been allowed to join in combination with other groups, and their... More »

David Gregory Leaving NBC, Meet the Press

Chuck Todd is his expected successor as host of the show

(Newser) - Rumors have been swirling about David Gregory's future at NBC for a while now, and today the man himself confirmed: He's leaving the network, including his hosting gig at Meet the Press. "I leave NBC as I came—humbled and grateful," he tweeted . "I love... More »

Why Did NBC Do a 'Psychological Assessment' of David Gregory?

'Washington Post' article raises questions

(Newser) - A long Washington Post article on David Gregory and the troubles he faces as moderator of NBC's Meet the Press has quite a few people wondering what's going on at the show. As the Post explains, the longest-running television program has been declining in the ratings for three... More »

Fallon Charms on Tonight Debut

Show back in NYC after 42 years

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon took the helm of the Tonight Show last night in a star-studded debut that marked the show's return to New York City after more than 40 years in LA. The newbie's guests included Will Smith and U2—who performed new song "Invisible" on the roof... More »

Reporter Pilloried for Making Bode Miller Cry

NBC's Christin Cooper kept asking about skier's late brother

(Newser) - Bode Miller yesterday became both the oldest Alpine skier to win an Olympic medal and the US skier with the most Olympic medals , when he won bronze in the super-G—but what most people are talking about after the win is the uncomfortable interview that followed. Miller, interviewed by NBC'... More »

Report: Bill Cosby to Star in New NBC Sitcom

Deadline Hollywood say he's returning to network

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is coming back to NBC in a sitcom, reports Deadline Hollywood . The show is still in the planning phases, but it sounds to be in the same vein as the Cosby Show of the 1980s—Cosby as patriarch of a family. A network spokesperson tells AP that the... More »

Katherine Heigl Demoted to TV?

She'll play 'maverick' CIA agent in new NBC pilot

(Newser) - For a while there, Katherine Heigl looked like she was headed for America's Sweetheart status . Then she made a bunch of bad movies and got a reputation as being difficult to work with ... and now, well, she appears to be headed back to the small screen she left in... More »

Move Over, Sound of Music: Peter Pan Next to Go Live

NBC's next live musical to air in December

(Newser) - NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have garnered very good reviews , but you can't argue with nearly 19 million viewers. As expected , the network will do another live musical in December, and it announced yesterday that musical will be Peter Pan. "Get ready... More »

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