NAS NBC's behavior: inexcusable and unethical

NAS NBC's behavior: inexcusable and unethical

Post by Chuck Pears » Sun, 28 Jul 1996 04:00:00


: I just got home from work at 12:30 am (1:30 am EDT) and turned on the Games
: to see the US women's volleyball team against Japan.  As the second game
: ended, NBC returned to the studio for an interview with swimmer Gary Hall Jr.
:  Not caring much for interviews, I turned to see what ESPN was up to.  They
: were giving live coverage of an explosion in the Olympic Village fif***
: minutes earlier.  They even played a tape of the sound of the explosion as
: they were bradcasting live at the time.  As is my standard procdure with big
: news, I turned quickly to CNN.  They were talking with one of their reporters
: who had been in the vicinity at the time of the explosion.  Both cable
: stations explained quickly and concisely that there had been an explosion,
: that there were no signs of fire or smoke, that the area was being evacuated,
: that emergency vehicles were on the scene, and that there were some injuries.
:  I turned back to NBC, who I figured should have a camera on the scene.  What
: were they showing?
: Commercials.

[etc.]

*sigh*

this is where people who don't have cable get discriminated against.

i watched the gary hall interview with great interest, and when nbc went
to the commercial [being the guy that i am] i bounced around the abc and
cbs affiliates.  the cbs affiliate was showing "married with children"
[bleah] and the abc affiliate had rush limbaugh on.  i watched rush to the
commercial and went back to nbc, fully expecting to see the end of the
women's volleyball match...and there are lampley and storm, "breaking" the
news of the blast.

i didn't see cbs pick up the news of the blast for another ten minutes at
least, and i never saw abc break in.  i was gonna post and commend nbc for
finally doing something right.

of course, i should have known better.

*sigh*

chuck
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NAS NBC's behavior: inexcusable and unethical

Post by Colin McElr » Sun, 28 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Not in defense of NBC but KNBC in LA was on top of it.  Maybe your
local station was at fault, not the network?

Colin

 
 
 

NAS NBC's behavior: inexcusable and unethical

Post by TheParr.. » Sun, 28 Jul 1996 04:00:00

I just got home from work at 12:30 am (1:30 am EDT) and turned on the Games
to see the US women's volleyball team against Japan.  As the second game
ended, NBC returned to the studio for an interview with swimmer Gary Hall Jr.
 Not caring much for interviews, I turned to see what ESPN was up to.  They
were giving live coverage of an explosion in the Olympic Village fif***
minutes earlier.  They even played a tape of the sound of the explosion as
they were bradcasting live at the time.  As is my standard procdure with big
news, I turned quickly to CNN.  They were talking with one of their reporters
who had been in the vicinity at the time of the explosion.  Both cable
stations explained quickly and concisely that there had been an explosion,
that there were no signs of fire or smoke, that the area was being evacuated,
that emergency vehicles were on the scene, and that there were some injuries.
 I turned back to NBC, who I figured should have a camera on the scene.  What
were they showing?

Commercials.

How's this for sick irony:  the commercial that NBC was showing features
Whoopi Goldberg.  Her lines?  "This is big news.  I've got to tell
everybody."  She then gives the details of a long-distance savings plan.  NBC
placed programming and profits ahead of their PRIMARY DUTY as the main source
of information from Atlanta.

"This is big news.  I've got to tell everybody."

Any of NBC's coverage decisions (lack of soccer, lack of boxing, too much
swimming) pale in comparison to this inexcusable and unethical act.
 Inexcusable in that we know that NBC has more cameras and reporters that
anybody in Atlanta, with the greatest ability to cut from anything to go
anywhere.  Unethical  in that somewhere along the line, the conscious
decision was made by NBC to earn advertising revenue rather be a reliable
news source.

"This is big news.  I've got to tell everybody."  

I have watched my last minute of Olympic coverage.  I may well have watched
my last minute of NBC programming, period.  I'll miss Seinfeld, but I'm not
sure I can trust NBC anymore.

"This is big news.  I've got to tell everybody."  

Would NBC know "big news" if it blew up in their face?

Personally disgusted,
-Parrish Glover

 
 
 

NAS NBC's behavior: inexcusable and unethical

Post by Alexander E. Richm » Mon, 29 Jul 1996 04:00:00

   It was just a matter that NBC was 5-10 minutes behind CNN.  Not really
surprising on news events, but hardly contemptible.  After NBC did break in,
immediately after the Whoopi Goldberg commercial, they did not have another
commercial until after my tape ran out, roughly an hour later.

Alex Richman

 
 
 

NAS NBC's behavior: inexcusable and unethical

Post by Eugen » Mon, 29 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Not in defense of NBC but KNBC in LA was on top of it.  Maybe your local
> station was at fault, not the network?

        Actually yeah, in New York all stations seemed to have picked it
up right away (except FOX with Rush Limbau).

Eugene

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