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NBC Olympics Nominated for Four Primetime Emmys

LauerVieiraSochiAmong the Emmy nominations announced yesterday, NBC Sports is up for four Creative Arts Emmy nominations for the 2014 Sochi Opening Ceremony. The ceremony, hosted by Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and the New Yorker‘s David Remnick, earned nominations for Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special and Outstanding Technical Direction/Camerawork/Video Control for a Miniseries.

“No single event captures the world’s attention and imagination like an Olympics Opening Ceremony,” said Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics., who was EP of the Opening Cereomony coverage. “These nominations are a welcome recognition of a job well done by many people at NBC Olympics, and also by our wonderful partners.”

Lauer and Vieira, you’ll recall, also worked overtime during the Sochi games filling in for several days for the ailing Bob Costas during NBC’s primetime telecast. The winners of the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be announced Saturday, August 16.

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Costas: NBC Should Say ‘Politically Correct BS’ on Sterling Controversy Spurring Race Dialogue

CostasWhile talking about the ramifications of Donald Sterling‘s controversial racial comments, Bob Costas noted some points people at his network should make.

“When people say, ‘well, this is an opportunity to open up a dialogue on race,’ here is where I think some people who work in this building ought to step up and say you know what, that’s a bunch of politically correct BS,” Costas said on “Up with Steve Kornacki” over the weekend.

Costas added that the less comfortable and more complicated truths about race relations in 2014 as compared to 1964 and 1984 is something media networks are less inclined to dig deep into.

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Six Months In, ‘MediaBuzz’ Delivers Second-Highest Show Ever

costas kurtzHoward Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” delivered its second-highest ratings ever on Sunday, the six-month anniversary of its debut. During a busy news cycle that includes the continuing conflict in Ukraine and the search for the missing Malaysian plane, the Fox News program averaged 1,132,000 total viewers and 263,000 A25-54 viewers, behind only the show that aired the weekend of the Metro North train derailment in New York City (12/1/13).

Since its launch in September, the Fox News program is up +18% in total viewers and +38% in the A25-54 demographic. This week, “MediaBuzz” featured an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas, who talked about his eye infection during the Olympics and his coverage of the Sochi Games.

The strong ratings come on the heels of a win for CNN’s “Reliable Sources” in the A25-54 demographic last week. This week, “Reliable” delivered 376,000 total viewers and 143,000 demo viewers. Compared to the same week last year, “MediaBuzz” is up +15% in total viewers and +21% in the demo, while “Reliable” is down -13% in total viewers and flat (+1%) in the demo.

Bob Costas to Bill O’Reilly: NBC Olympics Coverage Criticism ‘Entirely Out of Context’

Costas O'ReillyAppearing on the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, NBC primetime Olympics host Bob Costas defended criticism of his commentary about Russian President Vladamir Putin during the Sochi Olympics.

Starting with the fact he was reluctant to come on with O’Reilly because it posed the risk of “amplifying a non-issue,” Costas said the criticism over NBC’s Olympic coverage was entirely out of context by “cut and paste” journalists.

“On behalf of my colleagues at NBC…we did exactly what we said we were going to do,” Costas responded to O’Reilly asking why NBC got involved with the political situation in Russia at all. “We would frame the backdrop at which these Olympics took place.”

Costas continued to defend himself against critics criticizing him as being too soft toward Putin, pointing out how critical he was: “He’s a villain, he’s an adversary, period.”

Bob Costas to Appear on ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Tonight

bob-costasNBC’s Bob Costas will be a guest on a live edition of the “O’Reilly Factor” tonight, recounting his recent experience anchoring the Olympics in Sochi while commenting on the tumultuous situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Toward the end of his Olympic coverage, Costas teared into the Russian regime.

The Sochi games are Vladimir Putin‘s games, from their inception to their conclusion, and all points in between. If they are successful on their own terms, as appears to be the case, then at least in some corners it will help to burnish the image of a regime with which much of the world takes significant issue. No amount of Olympic glory can mask those realities any more than a biathlon gold medal, though hard-earned and deeply satisfying as it is, can put out the fires in Kiev.

Costas will be on for two segments, so we’ll keep an eye out for any exchanges on Costas’ infamous Olympics eye infection (pun intended).

Bob Costas Talks of Brutality in Ukraine Amid ‘Vladimir Putin’s Games’

CostasRussiaTwenty minutes into the penultimate night of Olympic competition from Sochi, Bob Costas took a few minutes to highlight today’s gold medal-winning Ukrainian women’s biathlon relay team amid the backdrop of the violence that raged in their home country this week. “There are about 40 Ukrainian athletes in Sochi,” Costas noted. “They requested to compete with black arm bands. That request was denied.”

Costas then talked about the success of the XXII Winter Olympics. Security has held up, venues have been praised and the warmth of the host country has shone through, he said, before tearing into the Russian regime: ”While Russian citizens have better lives than Soviet citizens of a generation ago, theirs is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria, and that’s just a partial list.”

The Sochi games are Vladimir Putin‘s games, from their inception to their conclusion, and all points in between. If they are successful on their own terms, as appears to be the case, then at least in some corners it will help to burnish the image of a regime with which much of the world takes significant issue. No amount of Olympic glory can mask those realities any more than a biathlon gold medal, though hard-earned and deeply satisfying as it is, can put out the fires in Kiev.

 

Matt Lauer Teases Bob Costas’ Travel Plans: ‘You Taking The Red-Eye?’

Lauer CostasOn the “Today” show this morning, Matt Lauer poked a little fun at colleague Bob Costas over Costas’ Olympic battle with an eye infection.

“When are you taking off?” Lauer asked, with a dark sunglass-wearing Costas responding he’ll leave Sochi on Monday.

“You taking the red-eye home?” Lauer asked while laughing. “Did I walk into that or what?” Costas replied.

Costas also thanked Lauer and Meredith Vieira for filling in for him while he battled an eye infection, which he said made him feel miserable, adding he felt he wasn’t holding up his end of the bargain while he was out and his colleagues were working so hard.

‘Fox & Friends’ Scooter Race Goes Awry

A “Fox & Friends” segment on new toys crashed and burned this morning when several of the anchors attempted to race scooters and skateboards in the studio. Steve Doocy crashed into the camera on his skateboard, Elisabeth Hasselbeck lost control of her scooter and Heather Nauert wiped out and landed “right down on the floor on my stomach.”

On the “After the Show Show,” Peter Johnson Jr. surveyed his colleagues on the extent of their injuries before they agreed to a rematch, although he declined to participate himself. “I’m kind of the Bob Costas. Look at my eyes,” he joked. Watch:


‘I’m Bob Costas Sitting in Tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira’

CostasBackBob Costas returned to NBC’s Olympic coverage tonight, dry eyes — and wit — intact.

“I’m Bob Costas sitting in tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira,” deadpanned the longtime Olympics anchor at the start of Monday’s coverage.

Costas’s eye infection became one of the story lines of the first week of the Sochi games. “Too much attention spent on it,” Costas told Brian Williams earlier today. ”It just got to the point where they were so blurry and light sensitive, I couldn’t impose that on the public.”

Costas hosted the first night of coverage last Thursday, with an infection apparent in his left eye. Over the weekend, it spread to his right eye. By Tuesday, Lauer was called up to fill in. Meredith Vieira relieved Lauer on Friday and Saturday.

Before the first commercial break, Costas added: “My sincere thanks to Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, two friends and true pros who stepped in for me on short notice and my thanks to you who expressed your concern and my apologies for the unavoidable but uncomfortable circumstance of a broadcaster’s ill-timed affliction getting in the way, even for just a few moments, for what we all came here for: the Olympic games.”

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