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Jon Stewart Calls Out NBC News For Not Reporting on GE's $0 Tax Bill (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 29th 2011 5:30AM
'The Daily Show'On Friday, The New York Times reported that General Electric paid no U.S. federal income tax in 2010, despite earning $14.2 billion in profits.

While the article got a ton of play across the media, Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show's (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) crack team of video-watchers found that there was one particular media organization that completely ignored this stunning revelation on the day the news broke.

And that would be NBC. Which is owned by ... GE.

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NBC News Chief Defends Jeff Zucker

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2010 8:08PM
Steve Capus, president of NBC NewsIt's no secret that Jeff Zucker is the most hated man in broadcasting. That is, if you don't work for NBC or GE. While Zucker has spent his time overseeing NBC and NBC Universal tinkering and experimenting the broadcast network into a fourth-place laughingstock, there is a reason why he continues to remain at the company and get more and more responsibility: the man makes GE money.

While the NBC broadcast network hemorrhages cash, NBCU's cable consortium makes money in buckets. Even in the NBC microcosm, NBC News is making money with 'Today' and the 'NBC Nightly News' while the entertainment and sports divisions aren't doing well. Which is why it's not surprising that news president Steve Capus defended his boss to Jon Friedman of Marketwatch.com.

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Even a takeover can't save NBC

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 5th 2009 9:07PM
There are very few sure fire signs that a network is completely worthless and this is one of them.

Comcast has been looking to buy the financially troubled NBC from General Electric, but Wall Street insiders say the deal won't be good for Comcast's stock.

Even confirmed reports of a takeover bid can't save the network in the eyes of the almighty stockholder. What would make NBC more profitable in Wall Street's eyes?

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Review: 30 Rock - Into The Crevasse

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 23rd 2009 12:01AM
30 Rock
(S04E02) "This isn't the auto industry, Pete. The auto industry was run by a bunch of out of touch white guys selling consumers a product they didn't want. We're GE damn it, and we're going to make a giant, flimsy microwave." - Jack

It's funny how Liz Lemon wrote the book titled Dealbreakers (a plot from last season they've continued this season). You can actually picture a book like that getting published. There must have been a hundred humor books like that released in the past five years, so this doesn't seem like one of those "crazy" fake books that a TV show comes out with. Actually, I'm surprised NBC hasn't actually published a book to cross-promote the show. Hey, Castle did it.

I just hope that the book that Tina Fey is writing isn't like that.

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Al Roker, NBCU and the Weather Channel

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 7th 2008 2:01PM
RokerSo, you probably heard that the NBC Universal empire will be expanding by one, once it has added The Weather Channel to its media outlets. On MSNBC this morning, the subs on Morning Joe were crowing about CEO Jeff Zucker, sucking up royally, and even hyping GE stock.

It was all really uncomfortable, obvious and out of place when you are tuning in for news, politics, some pop culture and get NBCU corporate cheerleaders in full pom-pom mode.

Okay, enough ranting; there is some news to report. If the deal goes through -- and it will -- Today weatherman Al Roker may be relocating or he'll be repurposed, becoming the face of The Weather Channel.

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Eight real world moments in reel TV

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 24th 2008 2:02PM
Boston Red SoxThe world of primetime TV are primarily set in the real world. The real world based on the fiction they create. So, Law and Order -- in all its incarnations -- is set in New York City, but it's not the real five boroughs. The newspapers they read are not The New York Times, the Post or the Daily News. For contemporary TV fiction, reality is on the margins of the storytelling because you can't really set those characters in a real world. However, when the two worlds intersect, the results can be magic. Here's 8 big-time, primetime examples:

1) Cowboy Up Time
Remember the episode of Lost when Ben wanted to convince Jack that he was in communication with the world outside the island? To prove that he was telling the truth, he showed Jack a video of the Boston Red Sox winning the world series in 2004. You can't get more real than that, right? And yet it was used in one of the most out of this world shows on the air. In fact, using Lost's own terminology, the Red Sox video is a constant truth in a universe that's a complete fiction.

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Harvey Pekar does Letterman - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 20th 2007 11:58AM

harvey pekarFirst, some background:

Harvey Pekar is best known for writing the comic book series American Splendor about life in his hometown of Cleavland, Ohio. Robert Crumb offered to illustrate Pekar's stories after the two men struck up a friendship.

Pekar became a minor celebrity (well, minor in the "mainstream" sense) and it afforded him a few appearances on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman. In one of the show's most memorable moments, Pekar had more than a few nasty things to say about General Electric, the company that owns NBC. The incident got him booted from the show for awhile, but eventually he was asked to come back.

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Wired looks at the history of the TV set

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 6th 2007 6:40PM

Retro TV setIf I could pick my dream television set, and it would appear magically in my living room, maybe delivered by Jeannie or Samantha Stevens or some other TV character that could wave her hand or twitch her nose, I would take one of those cool sets from the 50s, with the insides being modern, of course. I want the look of the 50s, but I don't want to be stuck with the four or so stations they had back then. (And yes I know there are companies that sell them, but they're out of my income bracket.)

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Thursday was product placement night on NBC

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 21st 2006 11:14AM
Staples MailMate ShredderSo the first night of NBC's new "Must-See TV" lineup (except Scrubs) turned out to be eventful for more than one reason: not only did we see a pivotal episode of The Office, the cast of My Name Is Earl in Claymation, and the first Thursday 30 Rock, we saw more self-referrential product placements in one night than at any time I could remember.

The first one was when we saw The Office's Kevin going nuts over the Staples MailMate shredder. "This shreds eveything," he says with a sense of childlike wonder. "It shreds CDs. It shreds credit cards..." The look on his face after he realized he shredded his own credit card is priceless, as was the salad he made with the shredder right before the credits. Oh, and by the way, Staples had an ad for the MailMate during the "supersized" episode.

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Bravo launching gay & lesbian channel online

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 8th 2006 9:44AM
bravo outzoneBravo is teaming up with PlanetOut, the largest gay media company in the nation, to create a broadband channel at OutZonetv.com. The website will feature various reality and documentary series targeted for a gay and lesbian audience. The president of Bravo says it's a far less expensive risk to launch original programming on the web than it is to create a brand new cable channel.

Outzone is the third broadband broadcasting project for Bravo. Last year, the company announced it was shutting down Trio on the air and putting it exclusively on the web. It also created a spin-off web channel, BrilliantbutCancelled.com, which currently offers episodes of only one show, EZ Streets, starring Joe Pantoliano.

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