NBC: Young New Yorkers Open Up About Tweenage Years

Sunday, March 08, 2015

NBC New York tees up the Being 12 series with WNYC's Beth Fertig.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks & Recap: Land Feuds & City Council Shenanigans

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In our first edition of Brian Lehrer's Podcast About Parks and Recreation, we recap last night's episode, wherein the show jumped ahead to 2017 and Werner Herzog showed up.

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How to Hate Watch 'Peter Pan Live'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

After the ratings success of "Sound of Music Live," NBC is back with Peter Pan. Featuring flying actors and new songs, there's the potential for a little more disaster this year. 

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Adrian Romoff, 9-Year-Old Pianist, Makes His Mark on Reality TV, YouTube

Friday, August 15, 2014

Adrian Romoff, the nine-year-old pianist who parlayed classical training into a showy reality TV act, departed this week from "America's Got Talent" on NBC.

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Studio 360

Jimmy Fallon Sells Out(back Steakhouse)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Attention hosts of late night: If you're going to force-feed us ads, at least make them funny.

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Studio 360

Is Network TV Dead Yet?

Friday, May 17, 2013

It’s commonly said now that we’re living in a golden age of television, but try telling that to executives at the Big Four networks. The buzzy shows you love to talk about are on cable, while CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox are all wrapping up one of their worst seasons on record. Many successful shows ...

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Mad About Music

For News Anchor Tom Brokaw, Music a Constant Companion

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Throughout his distinguished career, music has always been Tom Brokaw's companion, as he reveals in this interview with host Gilbert Kaplan.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Long Shoots of Goldenrod Edition

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the documentary "The Queen of Versailles," the new NBC show "Revolution," and the question of how best to appreciate the art of the past.


Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate, The Culture Gabfest: Scary Mascot Edition

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the rise and fall of journalist Jonah Lehrer. Next the gang is joined by Slate's own Seth Stevenson to talk Olympic mascots. And they round out the show with the new documentary about


The Takeaway

Today's Showdown on the Morning News Ratings War: Couric v. Palin

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

ABC and NBC are staging a rematch this morning of the memorable contest between Katie Couric and Sarah Palin in 2008. Couric's interview with Palin in 2008 stalled the meteoric momentum for the vice presidential candidate and fueled the comedy writers at Saturday Night live for months. Now the two battle for top ratings between the Today Show and Good Morning America. Bill Carter is a media correspondent for our partner The New York Times and author of "The War for Late Night".

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Angelina's Leg Edition

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics pick over the 84th Academy Awards ceremony and then sample the edutainment Internet phenomenon known as TED Talks. For their final segment, Gabfesters weigh in on the controversy over 30 Rock’s leading lady Li


Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Half-Time In America Edition

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner review Smash, NBC’s new musical series about the drama of Broadway. Next, they take in Hugo, Martin Scorsese Oscar-nominated 3-D ode to the early days of cinema.



NBC Hopes for a "Smash"

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

It just might be next big workplace television drama – but it isn’t about doctors or detectives. Aspiring Broadway stars are at the center of the new NBC drama "Smash," which premieres next Monday. Joining us from the Steven Spielberg production is former "Wicked" lead Megan Hilty – who plays the role of aspiring Broadway star “Ivy Lynn" - and Grammy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, one half of the songwriting team behind the show.

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NBC Outfits City Statues With Capes to Promote TV Show

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Thirty historical statues -- including William Shakespeare, Confucius, Benjamin Franklin and Fredrick Douglass -- are being outfitted with black capes in city parks as part of a promotion for NBC's new television drama "The Cape" in exchange for the network's $120,000 donation to public art.  


Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest: Swarm of Humbugs Edition

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss director Tom Hooper’s film The King’s Speech and NBC sitcom Community. They’re joined by Slate’s Daniel Engber to discuss the state of peer review.


The Empire

News Before it Happens

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel still awaits a vote on whether he\'ll be censured by Congress. (Azi Paybarah / wnyc)

The House is expected to vote on Rep. Rangel's punishment today, but NBC is out with an email alert that sounds like the event already happened.

From: NBC New York []
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:07 AM
To: Richard Yeh
Subject: BREAKING NEWS: House Votes Censure for Rangel

The House of Representatives voted to censure the 80-year-old Harlem
Democrat, the most severe punishment short of expulsion.

Complete details from NBC New York:

The link goes to a story saying "Rangel to be Censured." Maybe there's a lesson in here about the dangers of pre-writing news and trying to get a scoop in the 24-hour news cycle.

A Washington-based colleague warns that the vote on Rangel could come up at "ANY TIME" and that usually, as a courtesy to the member, their punishment is brought up for a vote with little warning in order to minimize media exposure.

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The Empire

Former journo: Olbermann flap is 'about pretending that the media is objective'

Friday, November 05, 2010

Brooke Gladstone underscores an interesting detail about Keith Olbermann: his donations to three Democratic candidates apparently violates a policy of NBC, the less-partisan parent company of MSNBC, which is decidedly more partisan and outspoken.

Word that a partisan news host played an actively role in politics is, according to journalist-turned-consultant Bob Liff, more about the industry's failings than a transgression of a reporter.

Liff, a former reporter with Newsday and the Daily News, said the flap about Olbermann "is not about the objectivity of the media but about pretending that the media is objective."

"If journalistic means you have to hide your opinion, is that honest to a reader or a viewer?," Liff asked. "Knowing Olbermann's bias is better than not knowing it. And pretending that media folks do not have opinions is dishonest.

"Olbermann and his ilk, including the [Sean] Hannity's of the world, are not reporters but commentators and opinion-spewers at their core. They are supposed to be opinionated. That's why people watch them," Liff said.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest: Barely Legal Edition

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Malcolm Gladwell's latest piece on activism and social media, Law and Order LA and Civil War tourism with Slate's John Swansburg.


The Empire

YouTube Hits Media Critic Candidate Hit with Privacy Complaint

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This will probably fuel Doug Biviano's theory the media is actively working to destroy his candidacy for New York State Assembly (and thus, keep the state's election laws in place): YouTube sent him a notice saying his video was hit with a privacy complaint from an NBC employee who appears briefly in the video.

YouTube's notice of the complaint includes this ultimatum:

"Please edit or remove the material reported by the individual within 48 hours from today's date. If no action is taken, the video will then come in for review by the YouTube staff and be prohibited from being uploaded again."

Here's the complaint, provided by Biviano:

From Youtube

This privacy complaint to YouTube was issued from a person who was at the information desk at 30 Rock
whose face was on the video for 3 seconds his voice was on for 7 seconds
The campaign did not send the employee the video

Dear BivForBrooklyn,

This is to notify you that we have received a privacy complaint from an
individual regarding your content:


Video URLs:

/> The information reported as violating privacy is at 5:45


We would like to give you an opportunity to remove or edit your video so
that it no longer potentially violates the privacy of the individuals
involved You can edit your video by removing names and other personal
information from the video's title, metadata or tags. Annotations or
marking the video as private are not acceptable forms of editing and your
video will still be at risk of removal. Please edit or remove the material
reported by the individual within 48 hours from today's date. If no action
is taken, the video will then come in for review by the YouTube staff and
be prohibited from being uploaded again.

If the potential privacy violation is contained within the metadata or
title of the video, you should be able to edit this content without video
removal. If the potential privacy violation is within the video content,
the video may have to be removed completely.

Protecting a person's privacy is protecting their personal safety. When
uploading videos in the future, please remember not to post someone else's
image or personal information without their consent. Personal information
includes things like names, phone numbers, and email addresses. For more
information, please review our Community Guidelines at

and our Safety Center at

The YouTube Team

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Actors: A World Without 'Law & Order'?

Friday, May 14, 2010

NBC announced this morning that television and New York institution Law & Order has been cancelled. Actors, tell us what this means for you.

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