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In a culture where paying sources is generally frowned upon, NBC News is getting some serious flack for reportedly practicing “checkbook journalism” twice in one week. Most recently, the news organization has paid for exclusive rights to interview a group of skydivers who survived a plane crash. Last week, it was disclosed that NBC was negotiating a maybe-more-than-$100,000 deal with the family of kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson for documentary rights. (The Washington Post)
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Though its advertising revenue continues to fall, The New York Times Co. made a profit this quarter, thanks to growing circulation revenue from digital subscriptions. The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune now have 699,000 digital subscribers, while The Boston Globe has 70,000. (Press release)
Despite protests and boycott threats, the Rolling Stone issue with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover has sold twice as well as a typical issue. (Adweek)
“[Robinson Meyer] may be the only college kid to actually get a job because of how good he is on Twitter.” (The Atlantic)
Update (4:37): It seems the tweet was a prank written by Ryan Osborn, Senior Director, Digital Media at NBC News, not Mr. Quintano. Mr. Osborn provided some more context for the original tweet (via his own Twitter account, naturally). “Dear world and the @NewYorkObserver, I thought you all had seen Read More
NBC fired the producer of the deceptively edited call from George Zimmerman to 911 on Thursday. NBC News would not name the long-time Miami-based producer, citing “internal company matters” to the New York Times. The firing followed NBC’s review of the Today Show segment about the Feb. 26, 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. The report aired March 27 and featured audio from George Zimmerman’s 911 call edited in a manner that seemed to point to a distinctly racist motivation for the shooting. However, as Brian Stelter reported late Friday for the Times:
Another shift in the TV-news landscape today, as Harry Smith–the former anchor of CBS’s beleaguered Early Show–departs for NBC News, where he will work on Brian Williams’s as-yet untitled primetime newsmagazine. The glossy allure of new projects (a new prime-time show luring talent like Mr. Smith, a new talk show for Katie Couric) Read More
Katie Couric is stopping by Today–her old “clickety stiletto heel” stomping ground!–for an interview with Matt Lauer promoting her upcoming book, a collection of essays from luminaries on good advice they’d received. Our advice to Mr. Lauer amid the stream of weird and unexpected TV-news-and-talk reshufflings that form the real reason Read More
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Rachel Maddow rose to the defense of her suspended MSNBC “colleague and friend” Keith Olbermann on her show Friday night. MSNBC President Phil Griffin relieved Olbermann of his hosting duties indefinitely following a report on Politico that revealed Olbermann’s campaign contributions to three Democrats in violation of the Read More
After broadcasting the first episode of Meet the Press from its new HD studio in the NBC News Washington, D.C. bureau, David Gregory spoke to his staff, champagne flute in hand.
The host began to cry in the middle of his remarks, while discussing the milestone.
“This is a big moment for me, Read More
NBC News pater familias Tom Brokaw and his wife Meredith survived a serious scare on Friday afternoon, sources tell The Observer, when their car was involved in a three car accident on the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx.
The accident, which primarily involved an SUV and a postal truck, left one person dead, according to Read More
Looks like the buyout offers are coming early this year at 30 Rock.
The Observer has learned that in recent days NBC Universal executives have approached a large number of employees across its news divisions and bureaus, announcing that the company is looking for unspecified number of staffers to take voluntary buyouts. In a series Read More