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  • Zucker named new CEO of NBC

    first_imgIn addition to directing NBC’s attempts to revive its prime-time fortunes, Zucker is in charge of a stable of networks including USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Sci Fi and Telemundo. The company also owns the Universal movie studio and theme parks in Florida and California. Immelt said Zucker, who was NBC’s entertainment president from 2000 to 2005, shouldn’t solely be blamed for the network’s drop from the top in prime time. Many of the factors in the fall, like the end of longtime hits like “Friends” and NBC’s failure to jump quickly into reality TV, predated him. He also said it was a plus for Zucker that NBC has remained on top in the ratings for morning and evening news and late-night entertainment, despite the prime-time slump. NBC’s cable companies, which are either doing very well or, in the case of CNBC and MSNBC, showing signs of breaking out of longtime slumps, have succeeded under Zucker’s watch, he said. “There’s a whole lot more to NBC Universal today than just prime time,” Immelt said. “Jeff knows we want to be No. 1, and he’s committed to getting there.” NEW YORK – How Jeff Zucker handled adversity as NBC plunged to fourth place in the prime-time ratings was one of the measuring sticks General Electric Co. chief Jeffrey Immelt used in choosing him to run NBC Universal, Immelt said Tuesday. Zucker’s rise from directing Katie Couric in the morning to running a huge media conglomerate was completed when corporate owner GE announced his appointment as president and CEO of NBC Universal. He replaces Bob Wright, who has run NBC for 21 years. Zucker, 41 and a two-time cancer survivor, has essentially been trying out for Wright’s job over the past two years in running the company’s television operations. “We like the way Jeff has handled tough times,” said Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE. “He never got down and continued to drive the company in a positive way.” Zucker is also charged with keeping the large company nimble as the Internet transforms old entertainment habits. “This company is about producing great content in all of our divisions,” Zucker said. “The issue is how do we get that great content before new eyeballs on new platforms with new money attached to it.” The Harvard-educated Zucker knows NBC better than anyone and seems equipped to face all of the new challenges facing entertainment companies today, said C. Samuel Craig, director of the entertainment media department at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. “I think everyone faces the same kind of challenges because it’s uncharted territory,” Craig said. “He understands the business and is smart enough to figure it out.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


    first_imgDonegal GAA star Karl Lacey has been added to the Ireland squad for the International Rules series in Australia.The announcement was made this morning, just days after widespread disappointment that he wouldn’t make the team.The team flies to Australia on Saturday but manager Anthony Tohill could well be forced to make further late changes to his squad. Captain Stephen Cluxton and Colm Begley may be forced to withdraw from the squad because of club commitments.Kerry player Darran O’Sullivan has already been forced out of the series.O’Sullivan’s club will be in action in the Kerry County Final on 30 October – two days after the First Test in Australia.Cluxton and Begley will play for Parnell’s in the Dublin Senior quarter-finals on Saturday. Begley has said that he will remain home in Ireland if Parnell’s win Saturday’s game which also could force Cluxton to miss the tour.Michael Murphy and Kevin McKernan have been freed up to travel to Australia after the Ulster Council opted to delay two provincial quarter-finals by a fortnight.Glenswilly and Burren were scheduled to be in action on 30 October but both games have been put back to November 13.GAA: LACEY ADDED TO RULES SQUAD – GLENSWILLY GAME POSTPONED was last modified: October 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAkarl laceylast_img read more