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David Letterman: ‘Brian Williams Can Have My Job’

Regis Philbin is sitting in for Piers Morgan tonight on his CNN show. And Reeg called in the big gun, David Letterman, who rarely does TV outside of his own show. Regis asked Dave who his favorite guests have been over the years.

“We have several – you, Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, people who really come and do a great job for us.”

“You know that Brian Williams wants your job,” said Regis. “Brian Williams can have my job,” Letterman shot back.

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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on NBCU's Olympic Bid: 'One of the most unique, stressful, dramatic and ultimately rewarding experiences I have had'

This morning Fortune held a breakfast discussion with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. Not surprisingly, NBCUniversal’s successful bid for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympics were a big topic of discussion. Roberts candidly discussed their strategy for bidding and how they plan to turn a profit.

Roberts called the bidding experience “One of the most unique, stressful, dramatic and ultimately rewarding experiences I have had.”

Roberts said that the finances could clearly be worked out, noting that NBC has had the Olympics for 20 years, and would only be losing money for two of the games (Vancouver and London). The challenge was figuring out how to maximize revenue from the three big buckets: advertising, money from cable and satellite providers, and affiliates, as well as ensuring that the rights were all-encompassing enough to take advantage of technological change that may occur over the next decade.

“We had to find a way that they could be satisfied with what they were getting; and we could absolutely feel that we could make money into the future. The only way we could see to do that was to go long. Their stated bidding rules were not for anything but one quad, two games. They said ‘If you don’t offer for two we won’t consider anything else.’

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Fox To Air Three Saturday Night Games In May

Fox will air three consecutive Saturday nights of regionalized Major League Baseball coverage during the month of May.

May 14 will feature Boston-New York Yankees, May 21 is an Interleague matchup between the New York Mets and Yankees, and May 28 will feature six games – the most MLB games for Fox in a single TV window. Normally, three games are featured in a Fox afternoon window.

“This is going back to the days of Baseball Night in America on the Baseball Network,” Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said on the baseball lineup that’s expected to be formally announced on Monday. Read more

Al Roker Gets Late-Night Shoutout From Bill Murray

MurrayLetterman.jpgNBC’s Al Roker “is like a huge Ghostbusters guy,” funnyman Bill Murray said during a guest appearance last night on the Late Show With David Letterman, when the subject of the film’s devotees came up.

“And if you come up to him and throw any line from Ghostbusters at him,” Murray continued, “Al will turn and say the next line at you.”

Roker says it’s true. “It’s a fun movie in the vein of Abbott and Costello’s Hold That Ghost,” he tells TVNewser. “There are so many great lines that fit so many occasions.”

Getting a shoutout from Murray, Roker says, was “better than, as Dr. Egon Spengler [the Ghostbuster played by Harold Ramis] put it, ‘…all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.’”

We’ll take that to mean Roker liked it. Murray, by the way, had his leg in a sling last night as he recovers from a ski injury.