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Philadelphia Eagles Weren't Responsible For Michael Vick Canceling On Oprah

Don’t point the finger at the Philadelphia Eagles for Michael Vick canceling on Oprah Winfrey.

There was a report from Fox 29 in Philadelphia on Thursday morning that said the Eagles forced Vick to cancel his appearance.

“Not true,” an Eagles spokesman told the Philadelphia Sports Daily.

“The Eagles were supportive of Michael’s decision both when he agreed to do the show and when he decided to cancel,” said Chris Shigas, a spokesman for Vick.

I’m sure we will learn by next week that Oprah was planning an ambush of Vick and somehow the quarterback caught wind of it.

Until then, let the speculation continue.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on NBC News: ‘It is the crown jewel of Comcast’

A few days after “Morning Joe hosts  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski joked to TVNewser that they hadn’t event heard from the new bosses at Comcast, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was a guest on their program today to discuss the company’s fourth-quarter earnings, its first earnings report since closing the deal to acquire NBC Universal.

They started out by asking Roberts about his thoughts on NBC News and MSNBC:

“I will tell you my view on news, it is the crown jewel of Comcast,” Roberts said. “It may not be the biggest part of the new company, but it is a huge responsibility and an opportunity and I take it quite seriously. All parts of NBC News and MSNBC.”

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Mika also asked Roberts if he or new NBCU CEO Steve Burke had any plans to make changes to the news division, or the company as a whole:

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Burke on Olbermann: ‘This Was a Decision Made By NBC News Management, Steve Capus and Phil Griffin’

(l-r) Williams, Ralph Roberts, Burke

At noon today, NBC Universal (now called, apparently NBCUniversal) held a town hall meeting in the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” studio, where new CEO Steve Burke was interviewed by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.

They were joined by special guests, including Comcast founder Ralph Roberts, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts (from Los Angeles), SNL’s Seth Meyers and others.

During the Q&A session, Williams asked Burke about the departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC.

“This was a decision made by NBC News management, Steve Capus and Phil Griffin,” Burke said.

He also reiterated that Comcast had not yet assumed any control over NBC Universal, and thus could not make any personnel decisions, but that Comcast execs were aware of what was happening.

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Is This NBC Universal’s New Logo? (Update: Yes It is!)

A handful of tipsters at NBC Universal tell TVNewser that at the town hall meeting being held later today by new CEO Steve Burke, the company will unveil a redesigned logo. One of them forwarded TVNewser this picture. You can’t see it too clearly, but the new lettering is against a purple background.

So, is this the final logo design? Or just one of many? Will NBC Universal’s logo really be going without the peacock? We will find out later today…

Update: Confirmed! The new corporate logo uses purple as the primary color, so no more peacock, though the NBC network logo will remain unchanged we are told. This is strictly at the corporate level. Another, better quality pic is after the jump.

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High Definition Comes to the PBA Tournament of Champions

This weekend marks the 46th annual PBA Tournament of Champions with a record $1 million on the line. But the money isn’t the most exciting part of the event.

For the first time ever, it will be shown in high definition.

Who’s scheduled to appear? “Kelly Kulick, the first woman to ever win a PBA Tour event, will return to defend her title, along with Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Couch, Norm Duke, Pete Weber and many more.

Rob Stone and analyst Randy Pedersen will handle booth duty while Kimberly Pressler reports laneside.

Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Burke breaks bread with his (soon-to-be) new NBC News employees

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

Brian Williams to Interview Steve Burke in Comcast-NBCU Town Hall All-Staff Meeting

TVNewser hears that “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will interview the new CEO of NBC Universal, Steve Burke, (pictured right) in a company town-hall meeting next Thursday, January 27.  Comcast is expected to finalize the deal on January 28.

“You are invited to be a part of history!  To celebrate the formation of the new NBC Universal, we invite you to join our new CEO Steve Burke for a global all-employee broadcast on January 27, moderated by Brian Williams,” an email to staffers says.

The town hall will be broadcast internally, and will also be streamed online on the employee intranet.

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Comedy Central Clears the Field for 'Onion SportsDome' Launch

On January 11, 2011 (that’s 01/11/11) Comedy Central will launch its own version of ESPN: “The Onion SportsDome.”

The network clearly has high hopes for the program, and not just because of its “Onion” pedigree. The new show will launch after the season premiere of one of the channel’s most successful programs. “Tosh.0.

The network is even working with The Onion to create a dedicated faux-sports news website at OnionSportsNetwork.com, which will feature clips from the show, as well as from The Onion.

Watch out Bristol, you may have some competition coming your way. Check out the first preview of the series here:

Why Was MSNBC President Phil Griffin Not Included in the Comcast/NBCU Executive Memo?

After Comcast announced its new senior executive structure for NBC Universal, some inside NBC News and MSNBC have been asking why MSNBC president Phil Griffin wasn’t mentioned. Does Comcast plan to keep him on board once the deal is complete?

Of course, the company says. “Phil’s done a great job at MSNBC and he’ll continue to be President after the close,” a Comcast spokesperson tells TVNewser.

So what happened?

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Steve Capus, Mark Hoffman to Remain in Place Once Comcast Completes NBC Universal Acquisition

Comcast has officially announced the senior leadership team for the new company that will be formed when it completes its acquisition of NBC Universal.

For the news divisions the changes appear to be minimal, with both NBC News president Steve Capus and CNBC president Mark Hoffman remaining in place, reporting to incoming CEO Steve Burke.

The fact that Capus did not receive oversight of CNBC is somewhat surprising, although sources at the financial network say that Hoffman was not keen on having to report to Capus, and the strong performance of the channel ($723 million in operating revenue, according to SNL Kagan), led Comcast execs to do what they could to keep him around.

The only top level execs to depart once the deal closes will be CEO Jeff Zucker, NBC Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, communications and PR chief Allison Gollust and NBC sales and marketing boss Mike Pilot.

At the moment the deal is in the hands of the FCC and DOJ, who both have to sign off on it before it becomes official. It is expected that it will be approved–with conditions–by the end of the year, although the timeline could slip into early 2011.

Burke announced the changes in a memo to staffers this morning. That memo is after the jump.

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