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’60 Minutes’ Finishes in Top 10

For the second straight week, “60 Minutes” was one of the 10 most-watched shows in America. The CBS Newsmagazine finished #10 with 13.29 million Total Viewers. Sunday’s broadcast featured Lesley Stahl‘s interview with GE chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt, who talked about his parents’ cable news viewing habits.

“My parents are really right-wingers,” Immelt is heard telling a group of GE managers during Stahl’s piece. “My dad watches, like, five or six hours of Fox News every day. So I called home and said, ‘Hey, just to give you a heads-up… I’m going to be with the president and he’s asked me to lead this jobs council.’ And my mother said, ‘Well, you said no, of course, didn’t you?’ (laughter) ‘No, mom, that’s not what I said.’” Here’s the story:

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Jeff Zucker on MSNBC: ‘We didn’t have a secret meeting where we said, ‘maybe we should just go left”

Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker spoke at the Harvard faculty club recently, and has the details of what he said.

Zucker spoke about his career, as well his relationship with General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt. He also spoke about the state of journalism, and MSNBC:

Mr. Zucker said he thought the cable news landscape of Fox News and MSNBC has “gotten a little too heated” to the detriment of democracy, but he also noted, “if you don’t like it, you don’t have to watch it.”

As for MSNBC, “We didn’t have a secret meeting where we said, ‘maybe we should just go left,’” he said. Rather, “people started watching Keith Olbermann,” and programmers planned the rest of the schedule to “flow” with his show.

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MSNBC Talks About Jeff Immelt’s Presidential Appointment

Until the Comcast transaction formally closes January 28, GE CEO Jeff Immelt runs the company with a majority stake in NBC Universal.

That led to some awkwardness on “Morning Joe” this morning when David Gregory and Chuck Todd appeared to discuss Immelt’s appointment to lead President Obama’s economic council.

Or as Gregory said in a disclosure: “Jeff Immelt runs the parent company of NBC… for the time being, at least.”

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Media Moguls Well Represented at White House State Dinner

Last night the White House hosted a state dinner for Chinese Premier Hu Jintao. Only one TV news anchor was in attendance as a guest, but plenty of media moguls made the list.

ABC News “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour attended with her husband James Rubin. Amanpour’s boss, Disney CEO Bob Iger, also attended, with his wife Willow Bay.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, having closed the deal to sell a majority stake in NBC Universal to Comcast, was in attendance, as was Wendi Deng Murdoch, the wife of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch. Rupert, however, was not there.

Some other media types, after the jump.

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NBC’s Current Owners, NBC’s (Potential) New Owners Meeting with President Obama at the White House

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts are at the White House today, meeting with President Barack Obama. Immelt’s GE currently owns NBC Universal, which in turns owns NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

Roberts’ Comcast is in the process of trying to acquire a majority stake in the company.

The proposed deal is currently in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Justice. No word so far on whether the two CEOs plan to bring up the matter with the President.

That said, Immelt and Roberts aren’t the only CEOs in attendance…

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Breaking: Steve Burke to become CEO of NBC Universal After Comcast Deal Closes

Stephen Burke will become chief executive officer of NBC Universal upon the close of Comcast’s acquisition of 51% of NBCU from GE, both companies announced today. The news comes two days after current NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker, a lifetime NBC employee, announced he would be stepping down once the deal closes.

Burke is COO of Comcast and is past president of Comcast Cable. But he has broadcast TV in his blood. He’s the son of Daniel Burke, who along with Tom Murphy, ran Capital Cities Communications, an owner of several local TV stations. Cap Cities acquired ABC TV, a company 10 times its size, for $3.5 billion in 1985. Disney bought ABC 10 years later for $19 billion. Interestingly, Comcast made an unsuccessful $54 billion bid for Disney in 2004.

Says GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt about today’s news, “I have known Steve Burke for many years and greatly respect him. He has deep expertise in this industry and I am very confident that he will be a strong leader for NBC Universal.”

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Brian Williams on Comcast Deal: ‘So This is My Fault’

The LATimes’ Joe Flint has a brief readout on Jeff Zucker‘s town hall meeting yesterday at 30 Rock with his soon-to-be new bosses from Comcast: the Roberts — father and son — Comcast COO Steve Burke, to whom Zucker will report directly, and GE CEO Jeff Immelt, who can go back to worrying about jet engines, refrigerators, credit services and PreDictor plates.

Asked why this deal was being done now, General Electric’s Immelt talked about frequently watching Brian Williams on NBC News and hearing about how much stronger the international marketplace was getting and figuring this was a good time to do a deal to focus GE resources elsewhere. Williams then got a hold of a microphone and quipped: “So this is my fault.” That brought the house down and Zucker thanked “Tom Brokaw” for his question.

And as for That Other Feud – Dobbs on Olbermann: “He’s Not Man Enough to Take Me On”

Lou Dobbs went off on Keith Olbermann again on his radio show Friday, after saying earlier in the week he was done talking about the MSNBC host. “He is desperately in need of a recalibration of his medication,” said Dobbs of Olbermann. And, like Bill O’Reilly on that other network, the CNN host, though only on radio, for now, brought GE boss Jeff Immelt into the fight. “He’s letting this sick clown represent General Electric? I mean, what is going on there?”

> Update: Missed this part. Last night, in Worst Person’s, Olbermann responded, sort of, to Dobbs, by naming O’Reilly the ‘worse’ person. That’s a new twist. Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck got the top 2 spots. Dobbs did make the list Wednesday and Thursday nights. Friday’s is below:

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Was Olbermann Ready to Quit if a Truce Was Called?

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz fills in more of the gaps about the FNC/MSNBC agreement to tone down personal attacks on the cable networks’ hosts and their parent companies’ executives.

Kurtz provides more details on the discussions, first reported by TVNewser, between FNC founder and chairman Roger Ailes and GE chairman Jeff Immelt, which included a lunch at 30 Rock.

After using a side entrance to Immelt’s 53rd-floor dining room — their Manhattan buildings are a block apart — Ailes offered a blunt, if slightly jocular, diagnosis of the problem. He could control his nutcases, Ailes said, but Immelt couldn’t control his.

On June 1, the day after abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered, Olbermann punched at O’Reilly. The next night, O’Reilly punched up, at Immelt.

Immelt called Ailes the next morning, saying O’Reilly had gone way too far. Ailes was sympathetic and again said they should take a stand against personal and gratuitous attacks. The war, Ailes said, is over.

KeithOlbermann_8.7.jpg“But,” writes Kurtz, “the war was just beginning at MSNBC, where an opinionated culture is often at odds with NBC News.”

Kurtz reports that after Olbermann’s comments about the Tiller murder, “executives convened a large meeting and talked about Fox and the importance of striking the right on-air tone. Olbermann later expressed a willingness to make minor adjustments in his style, but he and his allies, concerned about setting a precedent, dug in for a fight. Olbermann left Zucker and executives with the impression that he might quit if the dispute wasn’t resolved to his satisfaction.”

Then, last Friday’s news of some sort of deal, which seemed to exacerbate the issue on-air this week.

“This is more of an internal issue that NBC and GE need to work through,” a Fox spokesman told Kurtz. “There was an agreement for no personal attacks,” a Fox executive said. GE and NBC did not comment for Kurtz’s story.

Keith Olbermann Getting it from All Sides

Even though he didn’t mention him by name — he would never mention him by name — Bill O’Reilly‘s blasting of GE chairman Jeff Immelt last night was, by corporate and competitive extension, a shot at Keith Olbermann.

And these days, Olbermann is taking plenty of heat from all sides. There’s this from Huffington Post on the “truce,” written before O’Reilly’s rant. Also last night, Jonathan Berr from Daily Finance got in on the action with a scathing critique of how “Countdown” handled the Richard Wolffe situation:

Ultimately, Olbermann’s protests ring hollow. Someone at his staff should have had a clue of what Wolffe was doing; under the circumstances, it would have been insane for the commentator to lie about his job. Moreover, even if he did, it is clear Public Strategies was far from subtle about the hiring. Ultimately, there is little question that Olbermann, his producers, and his corporate paymasters at the General Electric Co. (GE) knew exactly what was going on. The only question is how these prominent crusaders against corruption managed to miss their own moral failings.

The lesson here is that wrong is wrong, even if it’s done by people you like.

Those comments, however, are tame compared to the feud that’s escalated between Olbermann and CNN’s Lou Dobbs who went after Olbermann yesterday on his radio show calling him a “punk” and saying that he’s “hallucinating, making up stories.” Tuesday night during the Worst Person in the World segment, Olbermann called Dobbs “soft-focus, birther-embracing former star, a man who during the week makes millions off bashing immigrants, especially Hispanics, even though his wife and kids are Hispanic.”

Apparently, that got Dobbs so fired up, he could barely keep his sentences together: “He got me so angry because he brought in–you know…part of it–he just–he’s such a…anyway–he’s a liar. He’s a psycho.” He continued, “To refer to my wife and my daughters and to lie about–uh…you know, I just…I want to throttle him, I’ll be really honest with you.” Later in the show, Dobbs added, “I know girls were beating him up when he was a child and I know he has to be mentally, psychologically scarred…”

Last night, Olbermann gave Dobbs the bronze WPITW for what he called a “full-fledged, on the air nervous breakdown.” Today, we await another volley from Dobbs.

Both of Olbermann’s segments after the jump.

> Update: Olbermann responds to TVNewser:

The bloggers are leaving one component out, unfairly so: In April, I knew vaguely that Richard Wolffe had gone to work for a non-news firm, and that’s about the last I heard of it. It was entirely concurrent with my mother’s fatal illness, and I turned it over entirely to my management team. My first awareness that this was more than just a non-news job, was this week.

If Jonathan Berr, whoever he is, does not like my prioritizing caring for my mother and dealing with her death, and then doing as many shows as I could, ahead of vetting the comments of our analysts and my management team, frankly, I feel sorry for him. Getting myself through those two months were, and are, more important than what is still being investigated about Richard.

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