Exclusive: TVNewser has learned NBC’s morning show competitors are considering how to deal with what one senior network executive calls “a total violation of the rules of a pool.”
Yesterday, as he wound down his 30-hour trip to New York, Prince Harry played in a polo match. Insiders tell us NBC News was the designated U.S. TV pool, meaning they would cover the event and later share the video with other networks. But our source complains, “Matt Lauer is in every shot,” and that the interview “should have been shot iso” [isolated camera] on Prince Harry.
And while NBC’s press release (after the jump) announcing the interview did not call it exclusive, tonight on Nightly News, Lester Holt said Prince Harry “spoke exclusively with NBC’s Matt Lauer.”
A pool interview shot by the BBC earlier in the day was done without a BBC reporter in the shot, so ABC and CBS would have access to that interview.
An email and call to NBC News for comment was not returned.