The Rundown: #NBCFail, Ricki Lake is Back, and Stressful Job Interviews

July 31, 2012  |  

-The London Olympics roll on and so do the complaints across the Twitterverse. The hashtags #NBCfail and #NBCsucks have taken hold for viewer complaints about the network’s online streaming of the Games, and their various errors, including the airing of a TODAY show promo announcing Missy Franklin’s swimming gold medal even before they broadcast the race. Nevertheless, NBC is breaking records with the coverage and it has its defenders. (Our two cents, some of the complaints do seem a bit overblown.)

-The Grindstone shares a GlassDoor list of “the 25 companies with the most difficult job interviews.”

-Ricki Lake has a new TV show coming September 10 and a new social network to go with it. Ad Age proposes that this sort of initiative may be necessary for daytime TV, which has seen changing demographics and the fall of soap operas.

-Rather than using old-fashioned focus groups, more brands are turning to Facebook and other social networks to gauge interest in new product ideas. These apps and online surveys also provide companies with a way to reach a younger audience. Have you been giving your feedback?

-With Marissa Mayer taking the CEO spot at Yahoo, interim CEO Ross Levinsohn has decided to leave the company. Paperwork shows that his severance amounts to millions of dollars. A memo to the company says he’s leaving at the end of July, which would be today.

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