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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 15, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- A week of wild network spending continued yesterday with NBC agreeing to pay Warner Bros. Television a record $13 million an episode for the rights to air "ER" through the 2000-2001 television season.The ensemble drama about a hospital emergency room has been the most popular show on television the past three seasons. And with NBC losing high-rated "Seinfeld" and rights to carry professional football games, the network had little choice but to pay the price: $286 million a year for the rights to 22 episodes, which is more than 6 1/2 times the $1.9 million per episode it now pays.
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Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has agreed to acquire NBC affiliate KSNV in Las Vegas for $120 million, the Hunt Valley-based broadcaster said Wednesday. The purchase from Intermountain West is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. The addition of KSNV to a Sinclair-owned CW station and MyNetwork station in Las Vegas means the broadcaster's news footprint will cover all major cities in Nevada, said Steve Pruett, co-COO of Sinclair's television group. The company plans to sell the Federal Communications Commission license and related assets, but not the programming, of one of the three Las Vegas properties to comply with regulatory requirements.
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SPORTS
February 19, 2010
A touch below great Bill Kline The Morning Call NBC's family of networks earns a silver. The highlights: •Bubbly Dick Button on figure skating is an over-the-top treasure. He makes Dick Vitale seem like Debbie Downer. •Superimposing one skier's run over another's run is James Cameron-like genius. It's like watching a one-on-one race as they hurtle down the mountain. •Analysts impressively know their sport as well as Johnny Miller knows a golf swing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
After playing at being a TV correspondent and doing some of the worst on-air network reporting I have seen in 30 years of writing about media, Chelsea Clinton is declaring victory and moving on, she told People magazine. Here's an indication of how People reported this "exclusive" news: After not quite three years as a special correspondent for NBC News - and with just a little while until she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expected to become parents - the former first daughter is now leaving that position, she tells PEOPLE in a statement, "to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Paralympic athlete Jessica Long, who  grew up in Middle River, will be featured on NBC's Olympic coverage in primetime Saturday. The 20-minute feature, "Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story," chronicles her rise to becoming a world class swimmer after being born in Russia and adopted by American parents. Long, a 21-year-old double amputee, has won 12 Paralympic gold medals. An NBC film crew followed Long as she retraced her early life with a recent trip back to her native Bratsk in Siberia.
FEATURES
By Zap2it.com | July 31, 2002
LOS ANGELES - NBC was once the place to go for the woman-in-jeopardy or ripped-from-the-headlines genre of television movies, turning out a great number of them in the mid-'90s. The network has scaled back its movie production in recent years, opting for more prestigious projects like last year's Uprising when it does make original films. In the coming season, however, NBC will be a little more active in the original-movie game. Besides a Martha Stewart biopic, the Peacock has a half-dozen other projects in the works.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
In my Monday-night appreciation of Robin Williams, I wrote about a 1994 episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which the comedian delivered an outstanding dramatic performance. (Read that here .) Sun librarian Paul McCardell, to whom anyone who cares a whit about institutional and civic memory owes a deep debt, dug up my preview of the episode that ran in the Sun on Jan. 6, 1994. In answer to those readers who asked what I wrote at the time, here it is. Check it out for yourself.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Here we go again with reports that NBC is looking to ditch Jay Leno. But this time, the ditching makes eminent sense. The Hollywood Reporter, citing unnamed sources, says NBC is putting the pieces in place to announce in May that Leno will be replaced in latenight  at the end of the 2013-2014 season by Jimmy Fallon. Why not? Leno, whose contract is up in 2014, is yesterday - and then some. He can still draw overall ratings, but you can't sell overall ratings the way you can sell the 18 to 49 or even 25-54 demographics.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | August 9, 1995
The easiest way to appraise NBC's bold acquisition of the U.S. television rights to the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, in 2000, and the Winter Games in Salt Lake City two years later is to view it as a protective move.In the short term, that's a pretty good assessment. The Peacock network has denied the second most valuable piece of sports programming -- after the NFL -- to the other networks into the next century.NBC president Robert C. Wright and sports chief Dick Ebersol denied the other day that Disney's acquisition last week of Capital Cities/ABC was the driving force behind its quick gambit.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
Does it feel as if NBC and its affiliates are getting a little greedy with its London coverage? As one who has defended the network's right to try and make as much money as it can off the games in hopes of offsetting the $1.18 billion it paid for rights, I have to admit even I have been getting a little queasy as to the way  that long-held patterns of network prime-time programming and affiliate news are being bent in pursuit of extra profits....
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
It's time for the Emmy Awards again, and I am excited and angry. More angry than excited, so let's take a bite out of that apple first. I'm angry because the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast airs almost a month earlier than usual - and on a Monday. It hasn't aired on a weeknight since 1976. The show achieved its highest rating since 2005 last year, but given the shift, the only question this year is how small the audience will be. And that's especially unfortunate, because the level of TV talent up for awards this year has never been higher in the three decades I have been covering the beat.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
In my Monday-night appreciation of Robin Williams, I wrote about a 1994 episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which the comedian delivered an outstanding dramatic performance. (Read that here .) Sun librarian Paul McCardell, to whom anyone who cares a whit about institutional and civic memory owes a deep debt, dug up my preview of the episode that ran in the Sun on Jan. 6, 1994. In answer to those readers who asked what I wrote at the time, here it is. Check it out for yourself.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
I only have 2 million other better things to write about. But after 24 hours of waiting for someone else to unload on Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who defines political stooge, I have to say something. I held off when this GOP tool ran around on the Texas border in sunglasses and a baseball hat on backwards with Gov. Rick Perry. I even ignored the picture Hannity tweeted of him with his arm over a machine gun as he posed in a boat on the Rio Grande alongside Perry -- who we now know is really an intellectual giant because he has glasses with thick rims.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell, who started a pair of games for the Ravens in 1999 and had a 12-year NFL career, will be featured on NBC's “The Biggest Loser,” a show in which people try to lose weight under the supervision of personal trainers. Mitchell currently weighs 366 pounds , but his NFL.com profile lists him at 240 pounds at the end of his playing career in 2001. He's currently listed as a bill collector, and according to the show's website, wants to get healthy for his family.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
NBC News is sending correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin back to Gaza this weekend, it said in a statement Friday night. "Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday," an NBC spokesperson wrote in an email response to The Sun...
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
I can't wait to hear the full explanation from NBC as to why it pulled correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza on the eve of the Israeli invasion today. The act came after the former Al Jazeera reporter had done two weeks of superb on-the-ground reporting from Gaza. I wrote about that reporting here and here . Mohyeldin was replaced by Richard Engel, the network's chief foreign correspondent. The only explanation the network provided was that the move was made for "security concerns," according to Glenn Greenwald, who reported the story here . As much contempt as I have for the lack of journalistic backbone at NBC News management, I am not going to jump to conclusions as to why the move was made.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
The audience for NBC's coverage of the Preakness was up by as much as 24 percent during the afternoon, according to overnight Nielsen data provided by the network. The audience for the block of time that includes the race (5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m. ET) was 9% up from 2012 with a 6.0 ratings versus 5.5 last year. Pre-race on NBC (5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. ET) was up 24% from 2012. That's a 3.6 ratings versus 2.9, and that's the largest audience since 2009. Not surpisingly, Baltimore was the top market with the telecast drawing a 15.7 rating and a 32 share.
FEATURES
By ASSOCIATAED PRESS | January 7, 1991
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC News and Nippon Television Networ agreed recently on a joint newsgathering venture, the third agreement this year between a U.S. network news division and a Japanese broadcaster.NBC News will have exclusive U.S. rights to all Japanese and international news material of NTV, NBC said.In return, NTV, with which NBC has had a working relationship for almost 40 years, will get exclusive rights to news material from the NBC News Channel, the 24-hour affiliates' news service that NBC will start on New Year's Day.The Japanese network will be the News Channel's first overseas affiliate, NBC said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
From the first days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when I saw Ayman Mohyeldin and his NBC News crew under fire from police in Israel, I have been thinking how much we have come to take TV reporters for granted in places like the Middle East. So, here are a few words of praise. I wrote about Mohyeldin and his team holding up their camera and shouting "journalists" in three languages as stun grenades and rubber bullets were fired in their direction on July 2. Al Jazeera America was the first to sense the importance of the story on June 30 when the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been kidnapped were found.
FEATURES
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Ravens players Jacoby Jones and Justin Tucker and crowds of local children for a workout at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday - and it was broadcast on national television. The crowd was challenged to run up and down 10,000 of the stadium's steps, part of a yearlong campaign to promote health and fitness in Baltimore on NBC's "Today" show. The show's "Shine a Light" campaign, in which on-air personalities champion causes, chose Baltimore in part because of the city's high rates of diabetes, obesity and residents who smoke.
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