Posted tagged ‘NBC’

Rumor: Apple May Buy Hulu

July 22, 2011

If rumors are true, it appears that Apple could be considering a purchase of popular online video service Hulu.

From CNN:

The Hulu rumor mill was already heating up over the past few days — we reported about a bidding war for Hulu, which is shopping itself around to potential acquirers after deciding not to go through with a $2 billion IPO.

Sweetening the deal is a promise of five years of programming for Hulu’s highest bidder, including two years of exclusivity for the programming on Hulu, consisting of content from the Walt Disney Company, News Corp. and Comcast’s NBC Universal.

While Microsoft is reportedly not interested in a second round of bidding for the online video company, Yahoo is still in play.

That’s Me on The Today Show…

March 17, 2011

Yep! On my way to pick up some breakfast before my flight home from New York yesterday morning, I stumbled upon filming of The Today Show. And no…I wasn’t discussing the Casey/Caylee Anthony story 🙂

Matt Lauer and Al Roker were outside in the rain and they did a shot of the audience.

I grabbed a quick screenshot from the broadcast. Note that if I had paused it at a better part, you’d actually see me smiling with my eyes open!

Me...in all my glory!

Maybe I’ll get a better photo to put up later!

Alec Baldwin Interested in Political Run

January 5, 2011

Actor Alec Baldwin says he is interested in running for political office in the future but the thought of leaving his acting career is “extremely painful.”

From CNN:

The “30 Rock” star made the comments in an interview to air Wednesday on CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.”

Knowing Baldwin’s long-running interest in politics, Eliot Spitzer asked him if he was ready to “get into this game.”

“The answer is: Yes, it’s something that I am very, very interested in,” Baldwin said. “People would say to me all the time, ‘Why would you want to do that?’ And sometimes I don’t want to do it because to leave what I am doing now would be extremely painful.”

Keith Olbermann Suspended By MSNBC

November 5, 2010

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was suspended today after the channel discovered that he had made campaign contributions to three Democrats.

From USA Today:

The primetime host of Countdown was suspended indefinitely without pay today for making political contributions to three Democratic candidates this fall, including one on the same day he appeared on Olbermann’s program, according to Politico.

Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election.

From Forbes:

“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a statement. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

Car Bomb Found in Times Square

May 1, 2010

Police have discovered a car bomb in a Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of New York City this evening. The discovery soon led to the evacuation of Times Square.

At this time, not much else is known but all of the top news stations in the country have gone to breaking news coverage. Conflicting reports of a man who was possibly seen fleeing the scene. Seems those reports are false.

I’m sure there’s more to come, including a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg. Stay tuned!

From the Associated Press:

Police evacuated buildings and cleared streets of thousands of tourists around New York City’s Times Square after finding an apparent car bomb in a parked SUV.

New York City police say a mounted police officer noticed smoke coming from the SUV at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that bomb investigators found propane tanks, powder and an apparent timing device inside the vehicle. The official wasn’t authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Police evacuated several residential and commercial buildings and cleared several streets of thousands of tourists milling around on a warm Saturday night.

From CNN:

Several blocks around New York’s Times Square were closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic Saturday night after a police officer saw smoke emanating from a box inside a parked car, according to authorities.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told CNN that the shutdown began after a foot patrol officer passed by a Nissan Pathfinder with Connecticut plates on 45th Street between and 7th and 8th Avenues. Browne said the officer noticed a box inside the car with smoke coming out.

Browne said officials at the scene were using a robot to search inside the car. The police department’s public information office said the box and other items found in the search are not confirmed at this time to be a bomb.

From ABC News:

The incident began around 6:35 p.m., when the Fire Department of New York responded to a car fire in the vicinity of 45th Street and 7th Avenue, and because of suspicious characteristics of the vehicle, the police department ESU was notified.

The car was identified as a Nissan Pathfinder with a Connecticut or unmatched license plate.

Bomb techs from the FBI’s New York office were on scene with the NYPD Bomb Squad to aid in the investigation.

Inside the SUV, investigators found three propane cylinders, two five-gallon jerry cans of gasoline, a canister of powder, electrical components and an alarm clock.

From the New York Times:

“It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth” Avenues on 45th Street, said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.

The device, he said, contained “explosive elements” that included “propane tanks, some kind of powder, gasoline and a timing device.”

“This is very much an active investigation,” he said.

The police would not say whether they had any suspects, and did not say if they had determined what might have been behind the event.

Tim Lincecum Signs with San Francisco Giants

February 12, 2010

Finally! Just prior to an arbitration hearing, scheduled for today, Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants have settled  signing a multiyear contract.

No matter how much money Lincecum receives, it won’t be enough. The Giants should have paid Lincecum the money he deserves. In his first two full seasons, he has won two Cy Young awards. This is on a team that has struggled to contend for more than five years.

I’m glad to see a settlement and I’ll enjoy going to AT&T Park to continue to watch him pitch. Let’s just hope we can eventually get a long term deal!

From MLB.com:

Right-hander Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants avoided a salary arbitration hearing Friday morning by agreeing to a multiyear contract, pending a physical examination, the Giants have confirmed.

NBC Sports reported the deal is for two years.

The sides had been discussing the structure of a three-year contract for the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, who was in St. Petersburg, Fla., for his hearing. The Giants reportedly offered $37 million over three years, prompting Lincecum and his agents to seek a package exceeding $40 million.

From ESPN:

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that the Giants had made an initial three-year, $37 million offer to Lincecum.

For arbitration, the Giants filed for $8 million while Lincecum countered with $13 million. He earned $650,000 last season.

Conan, NBC Reach Exit Deal

January 21, 2010

Conan O’Brien and NBC have agreed to part ways. This comes just seven months after the comedian was named the new host of “The Tonight Show”, following in the footsteps of Jay Leno.

Also, Conan stands to lose all intellectual property rights to characters he created while at NBC including one of my favorites: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

It appears that O’Brien will host his final episode this Friday. Crazy how things turn so quickly!

Thoughts?

From CNN:

“NBC confirms a deal is signed and an official announcement will be made this morning,” said NBC spokeswoman Allison Gollust.

The network did not provide details on the agreement. But the deal is expected to include a severance payment of about $32 million for O’Brien plus about $12 million for his staff, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Under the agreement, O’Brien would be able to take another television job in September. The deal is also expected to contain a clause that would prohibit both O’Brien and NBC from making disparaging comments about each other in public.