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NBC Accused of Violating Pool Rules In Prince Harry Interview

Lauer_5.31.jpgExclusive: 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.


Interview To Air Tomorrow, Monday, June 1 on “Today”

Additional Interviews on Monday, June 1 on “Today” Include an Exclusive Sit Down Chat With Susan Boyle and Meredith Vieira Live From London and an Interview With Lisa Ling and Her Family

NEW YORK ? Sunday, May 31, 2009 – - Prince Harry talked to “Today’s” Matt Lauer in his first and only American television interview since his trip to the United States. The interview will air tomorrow, Monday, June 1 on “Today.” Prince Harry talked to Lauer about his trip to New York and the World Trade Center, his experience in Afghanistan, as well as his thoughts on Britain’s Got Talent and Susan Boyle. A photo from the interview is available by emailing

Additionally on Monday, June 1 on “Today,” Meredith Vieira will talk exclusively to Susan Boyle live from London about her second place finish on Britain’s Got Talent. Also, Lisa Ling will sit down live with Lauer in her first interview since her sister Laura Ling was captured in North Korea. Ling’s Family as well as Euna Lee’s family will join her for the interview.

Jim Bell is the executive producer of “Today” (Mon.-Fri., 7-11 a.m. ET).

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