rumor has it
When AllThingsD completes its diaspora from parent company News Corp. early next year, NBCUniversal is reportedly going to invest in the revamped, renamed tech blog and conference business.
Bloomberg reports that a deal has been struck among editors Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher and the Comcast-owned company to bring over much of its current staff when the website starts anew in January.
Hulu.com has expanded its space at 276 Fifth Avenue, adding 4,710 square feet on the fifth floor, the Commercial Observer has learned.
Traditional media companies, the FCC’s “Future of Media Report” has nothing to offer you. [WSJ]
Time Warner is in talks to buy the American version of OK! magazine, which is like a British version of People, from owner Richard Desmond. [BSkyB]
NBCUniversal will pay Blackstone $1 B for their stake in Read More
Big Real Estate
Though he is the No. 2 executive at Comcast, Stephen Burke actually made more money than his boss Brian Roberts for the past two years, with his 2010 compensation topping out at $34.74 million. Mr. Burke was promoted to run Comcast’s recently acquired NBC Universal unit, so naturally he would need a crash pad closer Read More
In their first move since being acquired by Kableto–er–Comcast, NBC Universal just inked a 10-year deal for over 1.4 million square feet of office condos at Rockefeller Center, with over 700,000 square feet of it at 30 Rock alone, the Post reports.
In addition to the massive lease at 30 Rock, NBCU Read More
Media Awards, Awards
Faith Salie sounded exhilarated when we spoke to her around eight last night. The TV special she hosted, a television adaptation of New York magazine’s highbrow/lowbrow “Approval Matrix” feature, had just finished taping: “It’s hot off the presses–today’s news.” The thirty-minute special, titled The Approval Matrix as well, is to air tonight at Read More
WHAT WOULD JACK DONAGHY DO?
Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker will be honored at the Center for Communication’s Annual Luncheon on Nov. 1, according to an update on the center’s website. At the ceremony Zucker will receive the Frank Stanton award for his work in media.
Zucker’s current work in media, however, is a bit up in Read More
“This is an exciting time for NBC; not Seinfeld, Friends, ER exciting, but more like 3D espisodes of Merlin exciting.”
So adaged fictional NBC executive Jack Donaghy on the network’s self-jabbing sitcom 30 Rock. Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, was referring to the network’s acquisition by cable conglomerate Kabletown—”with a K.” And while Read More
Morning Joe’s mix of “hard news, politics, [and] intellectual rigor” looked like a good bet a year ago, but now it’s “struggling to hang onto viewers,” reports Felix Gilette. And its ratings woes come at a pivotal moment for NBC Universal:
Currently, teams of bankers are combing over every detail of the company’s books in Read More
Reuters reported earlier today that Rupert Murdoch may be bidding on NBC Universal, but the general consensus of the blogs is that he is not.
Mediaite rounds up the “eyebrow-raising” rumors of Murdoch’s interest (might it include ” a terrifying fox/peacock hybrid” logo?) but concludes that such a deal Read More