NBC News and MSNBC anchors filled New York City’s Gotham Hall this afternoon for the annual upfront presentation — a luncheon put on by the NBC News sales team to entice advertisers and agencies to keep NBC News and MSNBC top of mind when they are spending ad dollars. NBC News president Steve Capus ran through the networks, the shows and the Websites in the news portfolio, and reminded the room of NBC’s no. 1 position for many of them: “Today,” “Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” the growth of MSNBC on cable, and msnbc.com as the web’s no. 1 source for news video, (thanks to todayshow.com.)
Steve Burke, who will be the president of NBCU when the Comcast deal is closed late next week, sat next to Capus during the lunch. “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory sat on the other side of Burke. The current president of the network, Jeff Zucker, was not in attendance. Matt Lauer emceed the event and Brian Williams joined by videotape from Texas where he sat down with Pres. George H.W. Bush and members of his foreign policy team for an interview today.
Before the lunch we asked MSNBC’s Chris Matthews where he was 50 years ago today — the day John F. Kennedy was inaugurated. “I was in my mother’s basement, she was ironing the clothes, and we were watching the inauguration on TV,” said the “Hardball” host. “And I Read more