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Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Report: NBC's $69 million "bet" on Megyn Kelly is "backfiring"
The former Fox News star was brought in to bring a bigger audience to Today, but has instead "dragged down" the "critical franchise," according to an article in this morning's Wall Street Journal. The Journal reports that affiliates are unhappy with the ratings drop and NBC staffers are "grumbling" about Kelly's "lofty budget." Still, NBC News says Megyn Kelly Today is profitable. For her part, Kelly says "our show is a baby. We’re six months old," adding: “I need to introduce myself to people who don’t know me or know some bastardized version of me that they’ve gotten from a website or a TV show. There are definitely some who only know me through some caricature they learned about on The Daily Show.” ALSO: 9 a.m. Today predecessors Al Roker and Tamron Hall earned less than half of Kelly's salary and had much better ratings.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
Josh Duhamel caught a mouse in the Today show green room
"Josh Duhamel, you caught the green room mouse?" said Al Roker in an Instagram video. "We got him!"
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 2:12PM EST
NBC blames a "technical error" for not labeling Al Roker's Today show Intel ad as sponsored content
In what looked like a regular news story this morning, Roker touted Intel's use of virtual reality in this year's Winter Olympics without labeling the segment as an ad. NBC corrected the error for later feeds.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Why Hoda Kotb isn’t making Matt Lauer’s salary: “TV thrives on paying new people in old positions significantly less”
There are exceptions like Megyn Kelly, but salaries usually grow the longer a person stays in a particular position. That's according to Brian Steinberg, who explains why, in her new role as Today co-anchor, Kotb will be earning $7 million, compared to predecessor Lauer's reported $25 million a year. “While the optics of the financial arrangement have spurred a very worthwhile and necessary discussion about compensation parity among men and women in the media business,” he says, “the simple fact is that Kotb is being treated much like almost any other anchor or host who takes over a coveted and long-held post on a venerable TV program. TV networks often see opportunity in such transitions, because it typically means a cutback in salary outlay. It’s a fair gamble, for example, that Stephen Colbert wasn’t given David Letterman’s salary upon taking over CBS’ Late Show, or that Trevor Noah was not immediately handed Jon Stewart’s financial arrangement upon being given the reins to Comedy Central’s Daily Show. Lauer, no doubt, wasn’t immediately festooned with Bryant Gumbel’s paycheck when he graduated to a Today co-anchor slot in 1997.”
- Kotb tells People: "I'm not making Matt Lauer money. Not even close”
- Why neither Matt Lauer nor Hoda Kotb deserve to making $25 million a year
- Kotb has “overperformed” in her role, having worked at NBC News for 20 years while bringing big numbers to Today's 10 a.m. hour for a decade
- Kotb deserves a larger salary since she’s "pulling double duty” as she continues co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour
- TV veterans say Kotb’s promotion was “not that complicated” and “there was no one else”
- Al Roker shuts down a Twitter troll who wanted “a seasoned man” to replace Matt Lauer
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Today will never be the same, especially with its notion of “family”
For years, promoted the fiction that the Today show was like family with its “manufactured conviviality,” which “NBC played into that by steadily creating cults of personality around its anchors,” says Sonia Saraiya. “And yet," she adds, "Wednesday morning, turning on Today brought the sexual harassment movement right to your home, whether you wanted it or not. Now that we all know about Matt Lauer’s secret button that locked the door behind unsuspecting women he called into his office, the illusion of a happy television family is hard to believe in. Now the viewing audience has to reckon with the fact that the man they knew and watched for 20 years is, according to the company who made his career and the co-anchor who still calls herself his friend, a predator.”
- NBC must race to save its cash cow: GMA barely beat Today in the key demo in November sweeps
- Should NBC promote from within? Or pick somebody from CNBC or MSNBC?
- 10 potential Lauer replacements: Brian Williams? Ann Curry? Carson Daly? George Stephanopoulos!?
- Padma Lakshmi was scheduled to do a cooking segment Wednesday with Lauer: “When I walked into 30 Rock it felt like someone had died”
- Watch Charlie Rose awkwardly ask Matt Lauer and Katie Couric about their chemistry
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 9:21PM EST
There was no mention of Matt Lauer on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Today’s Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb hosted tonight's live special, while NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt stepped in halfway through for what he said was his first appearance on the annual event.
Posted Thursday 10/19/17 at 7:37PM EDT
Megyn Kelly Today is receiving help from other Today stars
This morning, Hoda Kotb danced wth Megyn Kelly. On Monday, Matt Lauer stopped by. Their visits follow the appearances of Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie (promoting her book) late last week. “The revolving door of anchors has led to behind-the-scenes chatter that Kelly needs help carrying the hour of morning TV that NBC has given to her,” according to Elizabeth Wagmeister. An NBC representative denies Kelly needs help. But as Kate Aurthur points out, Kotb’s appearance this morning was “for no reason other than to fill time.” ALSO: Us reports that Today co-hosts “have been so supportive” of Kelly.