The Deal's Richard Morgan on Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal and the future of the web.
NBC Universal offered big data pipes and liquid nitrogen popcorn balls at CES.
NBC Universal and News Corporation decided to name their video-sharing site Hulu****. While many were surprised by the name, no one was more surprised than the staff at Lulu. SmallBusinessNewz spoke with Gail Jordan, Lulu’s Director of Public Relations, about the issue. Lulu has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Hulu. Catch all the details with Abby Prince, including the exclusive interview with Gail Jordan, only on SmallBusinessNewz.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Here's a Scoop: MSNBC's "Gossip Girl" Courtney Hazlett Has Customized Microsite
MSNBC correspondent Courtney Hazlett, who has been reporting on the celebrity gossip scene in a series called "Scoop," has just gotten her own branded destination with customized video player. The site is up and looks pretty good. This would be the second microsite over at msnsbc**** -- the first was launched for Keith Olbermann.
Because msnbc**** is the first and only major online video news organization to provide embeddable video codes, anyone on the Web can grab Courtney's reports and put them on their blogs and Web sites. Below I've pasted her definitive report on A-Rod and Madonna. We are so glad she sorted this out!
To understand the value of providing embed codes for videos and other topics related to online news, Kelsey and I had the opportunity to interview Charlie Tillinghast, President and Publisher of msnbc****, the joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal. Charlie is based in Redmond, but we caught up with him during one of his frequent visits to 30 Rock.
This is the first in a series of interviews with Charlie. I am pleased to say that Charlie will be the featured speaker at the Beet.TV media roundtable at Stanford on Tuesday, July 22.
-- Andy Plesser
1. Google Gets Into Business Reviews & Ratings, 2. Microsoft Rolls Out Live Mesh In The US, 3. BlogHer Forms Partnership With NBC Universal Web Properties
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"There are no TV journalists anymore," msnbc**** President Tells Beet.TV
PALO ALTO -- "There are no TV journalists anymore," says Charles Tillinghast, president and publisher of msnbc**** in this interview with Beet.TV
msnbc**** is a joint venture of NBC Universal and Microsoft.
Nope, he didn't mean that there's any downsizing over at NBC News, he means that video news gathering is no longer television-centric but content is being created for the Web. A few days ago, we visited him at the NBC headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for this overview of the transformation of video journalism.
Charlie will be the featured speaker at the Beet.TV online media roundtable taking place on the Stanford campus in a few hours.
Our session today is moderated by former CBS News President Andrew Heyward and myself. We have a great line up of folks from YouTube, CBS Interactive, The New York Times, Adobe, VideoEgg, TurrnHere, Vator.tv, CNET, HP and many others. We are not streaming live, but will provide numerous segment from the sessions and one-on-one interviews over the next few weeks.
Kelsey and I will also cover the AlwaysOn conference which begins later today.
-- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
Marc Graboff, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio, discusses the 2008 upfront with TelevisionWeek's Josef Adalian and Andrew Krukowski.
Visit *******www.tvweek**** for more info.
The Disney/ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal announced a transaction whereby A&E Television Networks purchased Lifetime Entertainment Services.
Comcast Corp.'s deal to acquire NBC Universal from General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE) will likely receive a lengthy and comprehensive antitrust review. John Briggs, co-chair of the antitrust practice group at Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, says the issue expected to get the most attention is how Comcast, an Internet and cable operator, will manage and price NBC Universal content.
Transcript by Newsy****
BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER
You're watching multisource political video news analysis from Newsy.
OLBERMANN: “Again, all of my greatest thanks. Widen the shot out just a little bit so we can do one of these last time. Thank you, Brian. Goodnight, and good luck.” THROWS PAPERS AT CAMERA. (MSNBC)
Popular and controversial talk show host Keith Olbermann has permanently left the building...and no one really knows why.
Everyone has their theories, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper reports the split was mutual.
COOPER: “He still had at least two years left on a four-year contract worth an estimated 30-million dollars. Sources telling us the parting came from fallout from Comcast purchase of NBC Universal.”
...but HBO’s Bill Maher doesn’t think it’s quite so black and white. He interviewed Olbermann’s MSNBC coworker, Rachel Maddow, who seemed rather confused at the breaking news.
MADDOW: “Yeah, it’s been a big day at MSNBC...at least it’s been a big fifteen minutes.”
MAHER: “Why? What happened?”
MADDOW: “Keith announced at the end of the show tonight that he and the company made a mutual decision that Countdown is done...”
MAHER: “Well that's always bullshit.”
However, The Stir isn’t shocked at the news - and doesn’t think you should be, either.
“You have to have been living in a cave to think this would have ended any differently than it did ...Why the big surprise?...All I want to know ... as I watched Anderson last night ... was when is he going to announce he's headed to CNN?”
...but other news sources are scrambling to point the finger at MSNBC for firing the host --saying it was not mutual. (Video: MSNBC)
The Hollywood Gossip was one of them.
“Sources said network brass basically paid the pundit to scram by working out an agreement in which he would get lost and continue to be paid. He will have to stay off the air at least until fall as a result.”
MSNBC says “Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell will fill in Olbermann’s slot on Monday.
But what do you think? Was Olbermann canned or was it a mutual breakup?
Get more multisource political video news analysis from Newsy.
Transcript by Newsy****
BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN
You're watching multisource business video news analysis from Newsy.
If the headline writers are also soothsayers - NBC’s news operations are in for a big change.
An LA Times article warns, “Culture shock likely as Comcast takes over NBC.” Perhaps -- a timely prediction:
“Today marks the first day of Comcast and NBC Universal uniting as one company to bring you guys the very best news and entertainment programming on the planet.” (E! News)
But media watchers worry NBC’s news operations could change with the merger. Comcast says it won’t mess with NBC’s news division but after the high-profile and abrupt departure of MSNBC star Keith Olbermann last week - analysts suggested otherwise.
ANDERSON COOPER: “Both Comcast and NBC denied that their merger had anything to do with Olbermann's departure. Do you buy that? I heard even last summer, from folks in the industry saying Comcast is not going to put up with this.”
ANALYST: “Everybody agreed that Comcast would be very unlikely to put up with Keith's behavior, let's say, and prima donna activities. I don't think it was coincidentally motivated." (CNN)
And Comcast is definitely aware of the potential perception problem. USA Today reports the company promises it won’t be cutting time for local newscasts at the 10 NBC stations it owns for the next three years. Still - USA Today suggests it’s hard to imagine the merger won’t at least influence news operations.
“Comcast will control the No. 1 evening newscast (Nightly News), morning newscast (The Today Show), and Sunday talk show (Meet the Press). ... The executives have little experience in news... some observers wonder whether Comcast appreciates the nuances of the interests it must balance in the TV news properties it will run.”
And the stakes are high -- at least financially. According to the Pew Research Center, NBC’s news operations generated $1.8 billion in 2009. But local NBC stations like Miami’s WTVJ are promising viewers -- news content won’t change with the merger.
ANCHOR: “As a viewer you can expect the same level of news reporting you have been allowing us to bring into your home every day. But it was surely very exciting.
ANCHOR 2: “Yes indeed.”
But some observers aren’t so convinced. American Public Media spoke with a Hollywood Reporter editor -- who suggests Comcast could shift money spent on news somewhere deemed more profitable.
MATTHEW BELLONI: “Maybe they're going to go for sports, try to put big sporting events on their Versus network, so they can try to build that up and create a competitor to ESPN.”
In a statement distributed to NBC employees Thursday -- Comcast said, “We take our business seriously, but do not take ourselves too seriously."
Get more multisource business video news analysis from Newsy.
* NBCU tells Apple it won't renew iTunes contract.
* DAILYMOTION draws $34 million in funding.
* JOOST lets developers make widgets.
* MTV plans multi-platform push for video award show.
* NBC to begin streaming Conan O'Brien.
Read more at www.media30****