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NBC News Bringing in New Leadership, After High-Profile Stumbles

wsj.com — NBC News is bringing in new leadership after several high-profile stumbles, according to a senior executive familiar with the situation. Andrew Lack, a former president of NBC News, is in advanced talks to take a senior role in the division, the person said, and Patricia Fili-Krushel, chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, is expected to step down...

Oscar Ratings Win No Award

blogs.wsj.com — "Birdman" flew high at the Oscars Sunday night but the ratings came crashing down to earth compared to last year, according to Nielsen. About 36.6 million people watched the nearly four-hour awards show on ABC Sunday night, a drop of 16% from the 2014 telecast when 43.7 million tuned into the festivities.

O’Reilly Calls Mother Jones Reporting Claims ‘Hit Job’

wsj.com — Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly used his talk show on Friday to address a controversy over his war reporting record, calling a Mother Jones article on the subject a "political hit job," according to a transcript.

Ratings Slip for NBC ‘Nightly News’ With Lester Holt

wsj.com — NBC's "Nightly News" held on to first place in the ratings last week, but its numbers took a tumble with Lester Holt sitting in the anchor chair in place of Brian Williams. Mr. Williams was suspended last week for six months without pay for falsely claiming he was in a helicopter that took fire while he was on assignment in Iraq in 2003.

Cable TV Shows Are Sped Up to Squeeze in More Ads

wsj.com — When Stephen Cox was watching "The Wizard of Oz" on TBS last November, something didn't sound quite right to him about the Munchkins, who are near and dear to his heart. "Their voices were raised a notch," said Mr. Cox, the author of several pop- culture books including one about the classic 1939 film.

Holt Holds First Place But Numbers Slip

blogs.wsj.com — NBC's "Nightly News" held on to first place last week but its numbers took a tumble with Lester Holt taking over as anchor for a suspended Brian Williams, according to Nielsen.The average audience for "Nightly News" with Mr. Holt at the helm was 9.4 million viewers.

An Opportunity Opens for NBC Rivals

wsj.com — By suspending star news anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay, NBC hopes it has put out the fire at "Nightly News." Now, the network must contend with rivals who have an opportunity to woo viewers in an already hypercompetitive corner of the TV industry.

Jon Stewart to retire as ‘Daily Show’ host

marketwatch.com — Jon Stewart, the comedian whose fake newscasts were at times more trusted by his young audience than the real ones they satirized, will step down as the host of "The Daily Show" this year after a 16-year run that helped reshape late-night television.

Herzog at center of Comedy

variety.com — Top MTV programmer Doug Herzog will take over as 'president and CEO of Comedy Central next month, replacing Bob Kreek ( Daily Variety, June 15). During his 11-year tenure, Herzog transformed MTV from a channel almost totally reliant on musicvideos to a service with plenty of regularly scheduled series.

Tribune Tries to Give WGN a Dramatic Makeover

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Mar 05, 2015

Man it is creepy hearing Robert Durst so nonchalantly describe dismembering Morris Black's body.

Mar 05, 2015

Holy crap that's Judd Nelson! Does Barry Manilow know he's raiding his wardrobe?

Mar 05, 2015

If there is an American Idol/Empire crossover it will be Cookie as a judge.

Mar 04, 2015

What would be really cool is donating a $100 million to renovate Avery Fisher Hall without requiring your name be put on it.

Mar 04, 2015

Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara says selling movies to cable more important than ever. Must have read my story. wsj.com/articles/cable…

Mar 03, 2015

It's not Comic-Con but..MT @AirWharton Meet FCC Commissioners Clyburn, O'Rielly, Pai & Rosenworcel. #NABShow nab.org/documents/news…

Mar 03, 2015

Former NBC News chief Andy Lack in advanced talks to return. Pat Fili-Krushel likely taking another role. wsj.com/articles/nbc-n…

Mar 03, 2015

If I ever actually have an assistant answering my calls, I want that person to be British. That accent will make me seem more important.

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