NBC universal

Ex-Showtime Exec Tapped to Run NBC Entertainment

Comcast has tapped former Showtime President Bob Greenblatt to run NBC Entertainment as the cable giant continues to reorganize the leadership at the network in advance of its proposed acquisition of NBC Universal from General Electric, Reuters reported.

Hulu Drops Price on Subscriptions After Traffic Dips

Hulu lowered the price of its newly launched Hulu Plus subscription service by $2 to $7.99 Wednesday, just days after the online streaming video service saw its rank decline on a closely watched Internet ranking service for the month of October.

Is MSNBC.com Looking for a New Name?

MSNBC management is thinking about changing the name of its website, according to the New York Times, to better distinguish it from its more liberal cable network.

Media Flash: Stanley Cup Scores Best Ratings in 36 Years

Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks aren't the only ones celebrating their Stanley Cup victory. NBC Sports says the game that decided the National Hockey League champion attracted an overnight rating of 5.8 and a 10 share, the best showing in 36 years.

NBC's Fall Lineup Features Few Obvious Hits

NBC is debuting a slew of new shows this fall in hopes of climbing out of the ratings cellar. But judging from previews offered at today's upfront presentation, none of these will be the hit that restores the network to the glory days of Seinfeld and Friends.

Miss USA 2010 Pageant: A Boon for NBC?

History was made last night, when Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih, became the first Arab American to win Miss USA . But will history be made tomorrow when The Nielsen Company release's the ratings for last nights' pageant?

Comcast-NBC May Harm Workers, Critics Say

During a lengthy round of questioning on Capitol Hill, the heads of Comcast and NBC Universal denied that $30 billion merger would be anti-competitive and lead to layoffs. But critics were unswayed, including one who went as far as to say the deal would "undermine American democracy."

Senator Al Franken Rips NBC-Comcast Merger

Led by Senator Al Franken, lawmakers on Thursday clashed with top execs at Comcast and NBC Universal over their claim that the media giants' proposed $30 billion merger would benefit the public. But despite calling for "strong conditions" on the deal, legislators seemed likely to let it pass.

Comcast Earnings Double, but It Still Gets No Respect

Comcast is the Rodney Dangerfield of media companies. Yesterday, the Philadelphia-based firm reported that fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled. How did Wall Street respond? It sent Comcast's shares down.

Comcast: "One Rung Above Enron and Blackwater"?

The nation's largest cable company tells the federal government that its proposed merger with NBC Universal will benefit the public. That claim was immediately denounced by critics, including one consumer advocacy group that called the cable giant's argument "positively Orwellian."

Don't Blame Jay or Conan -- Blame Jeff Zucker!

The sniping among late night comedians has intensified over the last few days, as millionaire entertainers jostle for position in the great Jay Leno - Conan O'Brien conflict. A lot of fingers are pointing at one side or another, but the real blame lies with the NBC executive who started the whole thing.

GE Pays $40M to Bail Out Jeff Zucker

NBC Universal chairman Jeff Zucker is spending $40 million of General Electric's money to get rid of Conan O'Brien. NBC was contractually bound to give O'Brien $40 million if it canceled the show -- but it also buys Zucker a non-disparagement clause from the late-night comic.

Zucker Fails, but Conan Pays

NBC Universal chairman Jeff Zucker failed to anticipate that Jay Leno wouldn't want to take early retirement, or how audiences would turn him off in primetime. Now he's preparing to demote Conan O'Brien, once an indispensable talent, to coddle Leno, whose best days are clearly behind him.

Jay Leno Fiasco Has NBC Asking, Now What?

NBC has got quite a mountain to climb after the disastrous Jay Leno Show experiment. But getting consumers to give a second chance to a product they've stopped using is one of the biggest challenges in marketing.