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5 items from 2003

Williams to leave CNBC in January

11 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Brian Williams is leaving his anchor desk at CNBC. NBC News said Monday that Williams, who will take over from Tom Brokaw at NBC Nightly News after the 2004 presidential election, will exit CNBC's The News With Brian Williams in January. The cable network's nightly newscast, renamed The News on CNBC, will continue with a different anchor, though NBC has not named a successor. Until he officially takes over Nightly News, Williams is expected to focus on reporting for NBC News as well as to continue as an occasional substitute for Brokaw. »

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Trinity of new programming for cabler Trio

24 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Trio will plumb further into the world of pop culture with upcoming programming initiatives devoted to war journalists, miniseries and award shows. The cable network, now under the ownership of NBC, has revealed its plans for the fourth quarter, which also includes a new original series about rabid fans. With the ink still drying on NBC's merger with Vivendi Universal, Trio president Lauren Zalaznick declined comment how the acquisition might affect her network. Next month, Trio will unveil a pair of original documentaries about the dozens of journalists who have lost their lives in Iraq this year. Produced by Camera Planet, "Journalists: Killed in the Line of Duty" will feature commentary from Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Walter Cronkite; the documentary will be narrated by Anderson Cooper. »

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Sun Valley serenade: VU auction

13 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SUN VALLEY, Idaho -- As investment banker Herb Allen's guests enjoyed the tail end of the five-day conference that has been dubbed Mogul Summer Camp, the guessing over the sale of Vivendi Universal assets was still the hottest game in town. Nearly every CEO, chairman or mogul had an opinion about how Universal's French owners should divide or package the assets of Universal Studios and its theme parks and the USA Network and Sci Fi cable channels, what they might cost and how soon a deal might be closed. Even Tom Brokaw, before he moderated a panel on the Middle East on Friday, got into the act, joking about the "quagmire" of issues and difficulties the nation is now facing, not the least of which is who's going to buy the Vivendi Uni assets. One CFO at a major media firm, who firmly denied any interest from his company, said authoritatively that a quick sale was not possible. »

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Bloom: 'Simply the best'

17 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Friends, family and colleagues remembered David Bloom on Wednesday as a courageous "warrior," consummate journalist and devoted family man who constantly battled with balancing his professional life with his personal and spiritual one. The NBC correspondent and Weekend Today anchor died of a pulmonary embolism on April 5 while covering the war in Iraq. He was 39. Bloom left a wife, Melanie, and three young daughters. He earned worldwide attention for his reports from the Bloom-mobile, in which cutting-edge satellite technology enabled him to report live via a crystal-clear videophone transmission while riding in a tank as his military unit trundled across the Iraqi desert. More than 2,000 people attended the funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, including New York Gov. George Pataki, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as well as top executives from the television news industry. Bloom was a popular person in the hypercompetitive TV news field. NBC's Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw compared him to Edward R. Murrow covering the London Blitz in World War II and to famed correspondent Ernie Pyle, who died in World War II combat. Bloom "was a model of his generation for journalists. He was simply the best," Brokaw said. »

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War coverage starts; primetime sked in limbo

20 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The broadcast networks swung into full-time war mode on Thursday as the U.S.-led ground invasion began in Iraq, the day after the U.S. began bombing Iraqi targets around Baghdad and President Bush addressed the nation. "These are the opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign," President Bush told the nation in a televised address at 10:15 p.m. EST. "This will not be a campaign of half measures, and we will accept no outcome but victory. ... The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder." Among the Big Three networks, NBC was the first to break into primetime on the East Coast with Tom Brokaw announcing the onset of the war at about 9:30 p.m. ET. At press time Wednesday, an NBC News spokeswoman said it was likely that the network would remain with round-the-clock news coverage for some time. »

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