NBC News Keeps Busy Refuting Reports On Ann Curry, David Gregory, Rachel Maddow

2014 is getting off to a busy start for NBC News. No sooner does the division announce its priority is getting Today back up on its feet nbc-news-logo__120406030256with a new tagline “Rise to Shine” that will help viewers forget its bungled dumping of show co-anchor Ann Curry, than a report surfaces that NBC News will not renew Curry’s $12 million contract — the one she got when she was shoved off Today. The network has denied the Radar report, noting that Curry has been given an actual big assignment which, presumably, is what happens when you pay someone $12 mil a year.

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Gregory ToddMeanwhile, the division’s Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press got its fourth quarter numbers, and they’re the franchise’s worst in its history in the news demo. MTP also suffered its smallest fourth-quarter total-viewer crowd since ’91. This news forced the news division to have to insist to Politico that it has no plans to replace anchor David Gregory, because the site’s media columnist had suggested just that.

And MSNBC has had to refute a report in National Review that Rachel Maddow dictates the cable news network’s editorial direction and has a lot to say about personnel decisions. This after MSNBC anchors Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin got the hook over separate incendiary comments, and a teary apology by Melissa Harris-Perry for an episode of her program in which she and a bunch of comics poked fun at little black grandson Kieran sitting on Mitt Romney’s knee in the family’s Christmas photo.

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Beats ‘Meet The Press’ In Sweep Demo For First Time Since 1993

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NBC News To Air ’63 ‘Meet The Press’ Broadcast With Martin Luther King, Jr. On Washington March Anniversary

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 12:13pm PDT

NBC News will rerun the August 25, 1963 broadcast of its Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press this Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The broadcast featured an interview with … Read More »

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R.I.P. Jack Germond

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT

The jovial longtime political columnist, a familiar presence on TV newscasts, died this morning at his home in West Virginia at age 85. Jack Germond “was one of the great happy warriors of political reporting,” NBC’s Chuck Read More »

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Rob Yarin Stepping In As Executive Producer Of NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 12:57pm PDT

Betsy Fischer Martin was promoted in March to Senior EP at Meet The Press and Managing Editor of Political Programming at NBC News. As she transitions to the latter gig full time, Hardball veteran … Read More »

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