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Who Needs Brian Williams? Lester Holt Keeps Ratings High For “NBC Nightly News”

February 24th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Lester Holt kept NBC Nightly News in the ratings lead as he assumed Brian Williams’ empty seat after the disgraced anchor was slapped with a six-month suspension for lying about being hit by enemy fire in 2003 during a helicopter ride in Iraq, EurWeb reports.

For the week of February 9, NBC Nightly News was the most-watched evening news program pulling in an average of 9.4 million viewers. ABC World News Tonight With David Muir followed with 9 million viewers. CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley came in third with 7.6 million.

“NBC news isn’t seeing any serious collateral ratings damage from suspending anchor Brian Williams over false statements he made about his Iraq reporting,” EurWeb said, quoting the Los Angeles Times.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll, 52 percent of respondents said that NBC should allow Williams to come back and anchor NBC Nightly News; 40 percent disagreed. Among non-White participants, 60 percent said that Williams should return to his post while 33 percent did not concur.

“The poll results show a generally forgiving attitude among Americans. But the 4 in 10 who say Williams should not be allowed back on ‘Nightly News’ signifies a serious problem for NBC moving forward,” Brian Stelter wrote for CNN Money.

But according to another online survey conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates, a leading media consulting firm, minorities were a little bit more apprehensive about letting Williams return to his throne.

“We found African American and Hispanic respondents were more likely to feel Williams’ suspension from NBC News was appropriate,” Jaime Spencer, senior vice president of the firm, told Journal-isms. “Hispanics were less likely to feel he should be fired, while African American respondents’ opinion on NBC firing him was not significantly different than the overall sample.

Zooming in on Black pollers, Spencer added, “When it comes to regaining credibility, African Americans were more likely to be undecided.”

It’s important to note that since NBC Nightly News has been under the press spotlight following Williams’ suspension, the leading ratings could be attributed to heightened media attention, as well. Only time will tell.

Do you think Holt should take Williams’ seat?

Meet Lester Holt, Who’s Stepping In At “NBC Nightly News” During Brian Williams Scandal

February 11th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Lester Holt has grabbed the reigns at NBC Nightly News while disgraced anchor Brian Williams learned his fate for “misremembering” that he wasn’t in a helicopter that came under rocket attack while he was covering Iraq combat in 2003.

“I made a mistake in recalling the events 12 years ago,” Williams said last Wednesday on air, according to The Guardian“I want to apologize. I said I was travelling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] fire. I was instead in a following aircraft.”

The network decided to suspend Williams for six months without pay, IBT reports.

“This has been a painful period for all concerned and we appreciate your patience while we gathered the available facts. By his actions, Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News. His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate,” Steve Burke, NBC Universal’s CEO, said in a statement last Tuesday.

While Williams falls from his perch, Holt takes the throne. But everyone wants to know — who is he?

Holt rose through the ranks after launching his career as a local news reporter in Los Angeles and Chicago, Mediaite reports. In 2007, he landed a position as a weekend anchor for NBC Nightly News. Holt also nabbed a weekend co-hosting gig for Today and a seat at NBC Dateline.

“Holt has been NBC’s all-purpose understudy for over ten years, having filled in for Matt Lauer or Tom Brokaw before he became Williams’ go-to backup,” Mediaite added.

Holt earned the nickname “Iron Pants” due to his ability to remain on air for long bouts of time, IBT said. “…He can sit down and anchor for hours,” MSNBC’s Mark Effron told People (via The Heavy).

During his double-decade career, Holt received 11 Emmy nominations, IBT added. “He won as part of the ‘Today’ show team that won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program in 2010.”

And here’s an interesting tidbit: Holt is an actor, too. He’s appeared on a few episodes of 30 Rock, where he played himself. And he guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Holt, a musician at heart, can also play bass (both electric and upright). Catch him playing with The Roots on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

Having earned his stripes at NBC, some wonder why it has taken this long for Holt to be offered a seat at the throne.

“He deserves his shot as a permanent anchor, not just as a temporary stand-in for the untrustworthy Williams,” Michael Cottman at BlackNewsWeb wrote.

Brian Williams Apologizes For Excluding Arsenio Hall From News Segment About Late-Night Hosts

February 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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late night graphicBrian Williams took a few minutes on the air last night to apologize to Arsenio Hall (and call out some other mistakes NBC News has made) for a huge oversight in a segment he did about late-night TV hosts.

As everyone no doubt knows at this point, Jimmy Fallon made his debut on Monday as the host of The Tonight Show. The news marks a shift for the 60-year-old show in an effort to attract a hipper, younger audience. In addition, the show has moved back East, setting up shop with The Roots in New York City.

Brian Williams ran a segment on Monday that included an interview with Fallon and a graphic (above) that was meant to illustrate the various hosts who are “slugging it out” in the 11/11:30 pm time slot that Fallon now occupies. Missing from the graphic was Arsenio Hall. Seriously though? Carson Daly?

Arsenio was not happy about the omission and took to his monologue to voice his complaint. The most compelling argument he makes is the one about the much-revered Johnny Carson; he notes that he’s the only late-night host to have survived the competition with Carson. Then he called in Suge Knight for a little muscle and gave out the NBC newsroom phone number so fans could call to express their dismay as well.

Brian Williams offered a mea culpa last night, noting that Arsenio “took them to task,” and that they previously left a state off a map and misspelled “Philadelphia” once. The point is, they make mistakes. Most importantly, he promised it would never happen again.

Kudos to Arsenio for calling attention to his achievement. No sense in being shy.

Daddy’s Little Girls: Stunning Celebrity Father-Daughter Combos

June 14th, 2013 - By M A
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With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought that some of our favorite, fabulous celebrity father-daughter combos deserved some love. From daughters just as famous as their celebrity daddies to little girls who have shied away from the spotlight, these duos have truly shown what good genes can do. So without further adieu, a salute to 14 wonderfully attractive father-daughter duos.

No Student Loan Needed: These Famous Names Became Successful Without A College Degree

June 5th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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Getting a college degree is a prerequisite for many jobs and highly recommended if you want to make it in many industries. But there are many people who have also managed to build successful careers without getting a diploma. We take a look at a few of them and try to analyze how they did it.

Apple’s Latest Media Move: Tim Cook Open Up to the Press

December 6th, 2012 - By Kimberly Maul
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Is Apple putting its CEO Tim Cook on some sort of media offensive? Bloomberg Businessweek spoke to Cook, his first in-depth, wide-ranging print interview since taking the top title in August 2011. Additionally, Cook will appear on NBC’s Rock Center tonight, in an interview with Brian Williams.

In the interview with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel, Cook discussed his personality and dealing with the fame of being Apple’s CEO; the changes the company has made while still holding on to its core values; the Apple Maps debacle; the recent firings of Scott Forstall and John Browett; and Apple’s product line.

“Not allowing yourself to become insular is very important—maybe the most important thing, I think, as a CEO,” Cook said during the interview. “Now fortunately, I think it would be really hard for a CEO of Apple to become insular, but maybe it could happen. I don’t know. But between customers and employees and the press, you get a lot of feedback. The bigger thing is processing and deciding what to put in the distraction category vs. where the nuggets are.”

One major revelation was that Cook, who has spearheaded transparency and charitable programs during his time at Apple, plans to bring some Apple manufacturing to the US in 2013.

“Next year we’re going to bring some production to the U.S.,” Cook told Bloomberg Businessweek. “This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people and we’ll be investing our money.”

The news turned around Apple’s stock price today, which had fallen on fears that taxes resulting from our fall off the fiscal cliff would impact how much investors would take home.

But all the talking with the media is surely one more of Apple’s very calculated media moves, like their big events to announce new products. USA Today brings up the ongoing legal battle with Samsung and the onslaught of competition, which, mimicking its iconic logo, could take a bite out of Apple’s market share. Part of the Apple brand was so intrinisically tied to Steve Jobs, now that some time has passed maybe the company is trying to build a stronger bond between the Apple brand and Cook? If that’s the case, will it work?

NBC to Air Telethon for Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 1st, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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Christina Aguilera, dressed to visit her son’s school on Halloween, will be part of the Hurricane Sandy telethon airing tomorrow. Image: Cousart/JFXimages/

NBCUniversal announced today that it will air “Coming Together” a benefit to help needy victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and West Virginia. The benefit will air live on NBC stations including Bravo, E!, Style and USA tomorrow between 8pm and 9pm. Proceeds from the telethon will go to the American Red Cross.

Among the scheduled performers are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera and Billy Joel. Matt Lauer will host; Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams will also join in the effort.

Matt Lauer also hosted a post-Hurricane Katrina telethon that raised $50 million for the Red Cross. An NBC spokesperson tells The New York Times  that other stations not owned by NBCU will be allowed to air the telethon if they like.