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Jamie Horowitz Named SVP/General Manager of ‘Today’ Show

JamieHorowitzESPN executive Jamie Horowitz is joining NBC News as SVP and GM of the “Today” show. But his ESPN contract won’t allow him to take the job until later this year.

Horowitz, who will report to NBC News president Deborah Turness, will lead the four hours of “Today” on all platforms. Executive producer Don Nash, “Weekend Today” EP Dee Dee Thomas, and Jen Brown the GM of Today.com, will report to Horowitz.

At ESPN, Horowitz is Vice President of Original Programming and Production. He has overseen the launch of Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN2 show as well as “First Take,” “Numbers Never Lie,” and “SportsNation.” Before joining ESPN in 2006, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports. He began his career as an NBC Olympics Researcher for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

“I am honored to join Deborah’s team and help guide ‘Today’ into the future,” said Horowitz in a news release. “This is an exciting and invigorating opportunity, and I am humbled to work with one of the most indelible brands in television. I am also grateful to John Skipper and ESPN for the opportunities and support they have given me over the past eight years.”

Horowitz is another in a line of “Today” show leaders who got their start with NBC Olympics. Former EP Jim Bell, now the EP of NBC Olympics, got his start as a producer for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Games. Now CNN Worldwide president, one-time “Today” show EP Jeff Zucker‘s first job at NBC was as a researcher at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Deadspin first reported back in January that NBC was talking with Horowitz about the job.

See Turness’ internal note to staff, after the jump…

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Olympics Extended on NBC Through 2032

CostasOlympicsNBCUniversal has just acquired all media rights to another six Olympics. NBC adds to the three Olympics it secured in an earlier deal: 2016 in Rio, 2018 in Peyongchang and 2020 in Tokyo, with six more Summer and Winter Olympics through 2032, the host cities of which have not yet been selected.

The new deal, valued at $7.65 billion, is the longest U.S. Olympic sports rights agreement in history.

“This is one of the most important days in the history of NBCUniversal,” says NBCU CEO Steve Burke. “The Olympics are part of the fabric of our company, and we couldn’t be more excited that today’s announcement guarantees that this massively popular and profitable programming will continue to air every two years on the broadcast, cable, digital and mobile platforms of NBCUniversal for the next two decades.”

NBC has had the U.S. rights to 11 of the last 14 Olympics. Josh Elliott, said the Olympics played a major part in his decision to leave ABC News for NBC Sports: “A profound and essential part of my being has always been to be a part of an Olympics broadcast,” Elliott said on the day he was hired.

Sunday Shows Pivot from Politics to Race

Tip-off of the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors game is in just a few minutes. The NBA Playoff game has been overshadowed for the last 24 hours by the comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling. TMZ got its hands on an audiotape of Sterling making racist remarks in a conversation with his mistress. Deadspin has an even longer version of the recording.

The story took on a new dimension when NBC’s Chuck Todd asked President Obama about it at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur early today.

 

The story was the lead on “Meet the Press,” which included a panel discussion, Bob Schieffer asked two elected officials on “Face the Nation” for their reaction, and “This Week” had a report from Jon Karl, who is also traveling with the president. Karl called it “a little surprising” that Pres. Obama “weighed in so forcefully and so quickly.” The White House press office says the president wasn’t going to bring it up, but when Todd asked him about it directly, he was prepared to give a forceful answer.

Tony Reali Joins ‘Good Morning America’

TonyRealiAs part of Tony Reali‘s new contract with ESPN, the longtime host of “Around the Horn” will also join “Good Morning America” as a social media contributor.

“I am thrilled to be hosting ‘Around the Horn’ on ESPN for four more years. To move the show to New York and become a member of the ‘GMA’ family is a dream,” said Reali.

As a contributor to GMA, Reali will engage with fans, monitor social media activity and highlight trending from the recently unveiled “Social Square.”

Reali as born on Staten Island and grew up in Morganville, NJ. He joined ESPN in 2000 as a writer and researcher for the quiz show, “Two Minute Drill.”

Fox Business to Sponsor Pro Golfer

Jason DufnerAs the Masters tournament kicks off this weekend, Fox Business Network is getting in on the action–the business network is sponsoring professional golfer Jason Dufner, Variety reports.

Dufner, who won the 2013 PGA Championship, will don the FBN logo on his shirt collar starting Monday.

“Our viewers are champions of business and industry and they are interested in golf and tennis, and we saw a lot of correlation there, “ said Brian Jones, senior vice president of programming and operations at Fox Business Network.

“You will see our brand logos on his apparel, and then we will talk to him as the season progresses about personal appearances on the channel and, obviously, social media,” said Jones, who declined to discuss how much FBN was paying in the sponsorship pact.

The amount FBN is paying for the sponsorship hasn’t been disclosed.

And The 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner is…

MyersThe Connecticut Huskies are champions of the NCAA men’s basketball world, and the TVNewser bracket challenge trophy goes to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Myers squeaked out the championship victory, beating Fox News’ copy editor Martin Hill, 77 to 76.

“I’m speechless,” Myers tells TVNewser about his first bracket challenge title. “This is the proudest moment in my weather career. 43 correct and 20 wrong. That’s some kind of forecasting record. Going to Zabar’s for a bagel!”

NBC’s Bill Karins, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, and CNBC’s Todd Bonin rounded out the top five. Fox News’ Steve Doocy, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, and CNN’s Rob Kirkpatrick ranked at the bottom of the standings. Our challenge featured 42 of TV news’ biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names.

The final standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Championship Update

championshipWe’re down to two, as the Kentucky Wildcats face the Connecticut Huskies tonight with the NCAA men’s basketball championship on the line.

The TVNewser bracket challenge title is also up for grabs. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in the lead with 77 points. But Fox News copy editor Martin Hill is hot on his heels, sitting one point behind with 76 points.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer, NBC’s Bill Karins, and CNBC’s Brian Steel round out the top five.

The full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’ Preview

Final FourThe NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s “Final Four” will be played tomorrow in Texas, as the one-seeded Florida Gators take on the seven-seeded Connecticut Huskies, while the two-seeded Wisconsin Badgers square off against the eight-seeded Kentucky Wildcats.

Meanwhile, the 2014 TVNewser bracket challenge is razor thin atop the leaderboard. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in first place in our challenge consisting of 43 on-air and behind-the-scenes TV news pros, with Florida as his predicted winner.

“Being from Nebraska, I’m sure that I have never before cheered for any Florida team,” Myers tells TVNewser. “But, GO GATORS! It would be ‘Awesome baby,’” stealing a phrase from legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale.

Fox News copy editor Martin Hill trails Myers by one point. Hill tells TVNewser Myers has an unfair advantage.

“Since he has led the NCAA pool all the way, and he is a professional weather forecaster, I think it’s obvious Chad has some sort of psychic connection to the future. Is that really fair?”

We’ll update you on which TV newser is atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s action. A reminder of the current standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’

Final FourThe NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is down to four teams.

Yesterday’s conclusion to the “Elite 8″ was not the best for the state of Michigan, with both of its teams being knocked out of the tournament.  Connecticut took down Michigan St. while Kentucky defeated Michigan. The day before, Dayton’s upset streak ran out, losing to Florida, while Wisconsin beat Arizona.

As Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin square off in Texas this weekend to decide who advances to the championship game, the 2014 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge remains close. Just six points separate the current first place TV new pro, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, from the fifth place competitor, currently a tie between two CNBCers, Brian Steel and Todd Bonin.

Take a look at the full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Elite 8′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Elite 8,” as the “Sweet 16″ concluded last night with Michigan St. squeaking out a victory against Virginia and Kentucky beating Louisville.

Dayton continued its upset streak the day before, this time beating Stanford.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Unlike last round, the standings are beginning to separate after the current first and second place leaders, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers and Fox News copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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