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Olympics Extended on NBC Through 2032

CostasOlympicsNBCUniversal has just acquired all media rights to another six Olympics. NBC adds to the three Olympics it secured in an earlier deal: 2016 in Rio, 2018 in Peyongchang and 2020 in Tokyo, with six more Summer and Winter Olympics through 2032, the host cities of which have not yet been selected.

The new deal, valued at $7.65 billion, is the longest U.S. Olympic sports rights agreement in history.

“This is one of the most important days in the history of NBCUniversal,” says NBCU CEO Steve Burke. “The Olympics are part of the fabric of our company, and we couldn’t be more excited that today’s announcement guarantees that this massively popular and profitable programming will continue to air every two years on the broadcast, cable, digital and mobile platforms of NBCUniversal for the next two decades.”

NBC has had the U.S. rights to 11 of the last 14 Olympics. Josh Elliott, said the Olympics played a major part in his decision to leave ABC News for NBC Sports: “A profound and essential part of my being has always been to be a part of an Olympics broadcast,” Elliott said on the day he was hired.

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The Evening Ticker: Lee, Prabhu, Whitaker

  • Fusion CEO and Univision News president ​​Isaac Lee has been named to the board of directors of the AP. ​​The other two new members are Bill Hoffman, president of Cox Media Group, and Rob King, senior vice president of ESPN.

  • Vasant Prabhu has been named CFO of NBCUniversal. Prabhu, who starts June 1, will report to CEO Steve Burke, and be a member of Burke’s Executive Committee. Prabhu joins NBCU from Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he was CFO and Vice Chairman.

  • It’s Bill Whitaker day in Los Angeles. The LA City Council honored the longtime CBS News correspondent with his own day — which is one of his last living in the city. Whitaker will soon be moving east where he’s been named correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

NBC Dedicates Brokaw News Center in Honor of Longtime NBC News Man

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His name is synonymous with NBC News. Now, Tom Brokaw‘s name is etched in granite at NBC’s new West Coast operations. NBC dedicated the Brokaw News Center today as the new home of the 150,000-square-foot, 2-building complex on the Universal lot. It’s the home of NBC News in Los Angeles, NBC station KNBC, Telemundo station KVEA, MSNBC and CNBC.

“This is a singular honor and I am so grateful to Steve Burke and the Comcast team for making it possible,” said Brokaw. “I still remember the day I drove into the NBC News Burbank parking lot and thought, ‘My life is about to change.’ I had just turned 26 and now, almost a half century later, indeed it has changed in ways I could not have imagined.” Brokaw was an anchor and reporter for KNBC from 1966-1973 before joining NBC News and later anchoring “Today” and, for 22 years, “NBC Nightly News.”

“I’m an NBC News lifer and very proud of it,” Brokaw says. “None of this would have been possible without the support of the producers, cameramen, technicians and office staff who were always there for me. They’re like family and this honor belongs to them as well. So I accept this recognition with gratitude, humility and pride.”

NBC moved from its longtime home in Burbank to the Universal lot over the last several months. Brokaw joins NBCUniversal icons Abbott and Costello, Alfred Hitchcock, Carl Laemmle, and Steven Spielberg in having various buildings and streets on the Universal Studios lot named after them.

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The Morning Ticker: Velshi Expanding, ‘Today’ Gets SiriusXM, CEOs Score

  • Starting today, Al Jazeera America’s “Real Money with Ali Velshi” will expand to one hour. Velshi says the goal of the program, which airs Monday-Friday at 7pmET, “[I]s to shed a light on the needs of millions of Americans – not only by looking at Washington and policymakers, but by talking to real families and Americans experiencing economic struggles.”

  • SiriusXM and NBC News will launch “Today Show Radio” June 26. The new channel 108 will give SiriusXM listeners across the country access to live audio feeds of the show, including replays. “Today” joins other NBU channels on SiriusXM including CNBC on channel 112, and MSNBC on channel 117.

  • The Wrap is out with its 2013 Compensation Survey. CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves pulled in $66.9 million, a +7.6% gain over 2012. Steve Burke, president and CEO of NBCUniversal, earned $31.1 million, an increase of $4.8 million over the previous year, and Disney CEO Bob Iger took a -14% pay cut, still pulling in $34.3 million.

The Ticker: Zucker, Zuckerberg, Roberts

  • At next week’s Advertising Week throughout New York City, CNN’s Anderson Cooper will interview his boss Jeff Zucker at a panel presented by, no surprise, Time Warner as well as Adweek. They will discuss how social media has impacted the news cycle.

  • At the Newseum, Mark Zuckerberg was asked whether he was interested in bringing original news to Facebook. “I can’t see at any point us getting into producing our own content. I just think there are so many other people who produce awesome content that it’s not our place.”

  • A year ago tomorrow “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant. To mark the anniversary, Roberts taped a new public service announcement for Be The Match, photo below. The promo debuts tomorrow on “GMA.”

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NBCU Hires For Hispanic Enterprises Role

NBCUniversal is doubling down on the growth of the Hispanic market.

The company announced today that Marlene Sanchez Dooner, currently head of investor relations for parent company Comcast, is moving to NBCU where she will be Executive Vice President of Hispanic Enterprises & Content. Sanchez Dooner will report to Joe Uva, chairman of the unit. Uva joined NBCU in April. He’d been CEO of Univision Communications for four years, ending in 2011. He was replaced at Univision by former NBC executive Randy Falco.

The Sanchez Dooner announcement comes a few days after Cesar Conde joined NBCU. He had been CEO of Univision Networks since 2009. Conde reports to NBCU CEO Steve Burke in a new business development and strategy role.

NBCU owns Telemundo, the No.2 Spanish-language network, behind Univision.

Univision President Cesar Conde Jumps to NBCUniversal

After four years as the President of Univision, Cesar Conde is jumping to NBCUniversal. Conde will join the company as executive vice president, reporting to CEO Steve Burke.

In his new role, Conde will oversee “business development, strategic priorities and special business projects” across the company, according to NBC’s official announcement. Before joining Univision, Conde was a White House fellow for former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

“Cesar is an impressive business executive with both traditional and emerging media expertise,” Burke said in a statement. “His experience leading multiple domestic and international businesses will be instrumental in maximizing all the opportunities to grow our portfolio.”

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The Entire ‘Morning Joe’ Team Almost Jumped To CBS

The AP’s David Bauder profiles MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, and reveals a surprising fact: NBC News bigwigs agreed to let the “Morning Joe” team out of their contract so they could go to CBS.

Both hosts were intrigued at the thought of reaching a bigger audience at CBS, and their producer, Chris Licht, ultimately jumped. Brzezinski, a former CBS News reporter, wondered if they’d have the same freedom.

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NBC’s Jimmy Fallon To Take Over For Jay Leno Next Year

No doubt spurred on in part by ABC’s decision to move Jimmy Kimmel into the 11:35 PM slot, NBC is changing up its own late-night lineup, having Jimmy Fallon replace Jay Leno as the host of “The Tonight Show next year, tied to the 2014 Winter Olympics. The change will happen next Spring, with lots of promotion during the games in Sochi, Russia.

In addition, NBC confirms that “The Tonight Show” will move from Burbank, California to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York. NBC is building out a new studio for Fallon, in the same space that once held the original ”Tonight Show” studio, when it was hosted by Steve Allen.

“Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” said Steve Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal in a statement. “His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC.

“Congratulations Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to The Job until you’re the old guy,” says Leno in a statement. “If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”

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Michael Wolff: ‘Fire Steve Burke’

Michael Wolff makes the case that “someone at NBC should be fired” over the ongoing talent sagas at both “Today” and “Tonight,” which have largely played out in the press. Wolff writes in USA Today that NBC Universal’s Steve Burke, who “wasn’t a network television guy” when he took over as CEO, has “has found himself in the middle of an old-fashioned network drama — and losing control of the plot”:

But television is a business all about the “talent.” And the talent must be massaged and handled and finessed. Directness is not necessarily a virtue. Beating around the bush is the skill — that is, wheeling and dealing and talking from both sides of your mouth. Or, if necessary, sometimes a dead-of-night attack will do. But the drawn-out considerations of men with no apparent human feelings, or at least not tact and charm, isn’t how you get by in television and avoid the firestorm of press and gossip that will ultimately make your decisions for you.

This is what people are starting to say: Maybe even GE was a better owner of NBC than Comcast.

And, don’t fire [Jay] Leno or [Matt] Lauer. Fire Steve Burke.

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