27 Facts About NBC News


NBC News is the news division of the American broadcast television network NBC.

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NBC News offers 70 years of rare historic footage from the NBCUniversal Archives online.

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In 1948, NBC teamed up with Life magazine to provide election night coverage of President Harry S Truman's surprising victory over New York governor Thomas E Dewey.

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The following year, the Camel News Caravan, anchored by John Cameron Swayze, debuted on NBC.

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NBC News hired its own film crews and in the program's early years, it dominated CBS's competing program, which did not hire its own film crews until 1953.

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The following year, NBC News replaced the program with the Huntley-Brinkley Report.

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In 1955, NBC News provided national coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.

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About 40 minutes later, after word came that JFK was pronounced dead, NBC suspended regular programming and carried 71 hours of uninterrupted news coverage of the assassination and the funeral of the president—including the only live broadcast of the fatal shooting of Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, by Jack Ruby as Oswald was being led in handcuffs by law-enforcement officials through the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters.

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In 1986 and 1987, NBC News won the top spot in the Nielsens for the first time in years, only to fall back when Nielsen's ratings methodology changed.

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In late 1996, Nightly NBC News again moved into first place, a spot it has held onto in most of the succeeding years.

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In February 2015, NBC News suspended Williams for six months for telling an inaccurate story about his experience in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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The network's 24-hour cable network, MSNBC News, joined the network in New York on that day as well.

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On that occasion, NBC News laid off several of its in-house reporters such as Kevin Corke, Jeannie Ohm and Don Teague.

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NBC News management said it had been aware that The New York Times and Variety had been conducting independent investigations of Lauer's behavior, but that management had been unaware of previous allegations against Lauer.

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Linda Vester, a former NBC News correspondent, disputed the claims that management knew nothing, saying that "everybody knew" that Lauer was dangerous.

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NBC News provides content for the Internet, as well as cable-only news networks CNBC and MSNBC.

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NBC News Radio is an All-news radio service produced by iHeartMedia through its TTWN Networks subsidiary, in partnership with NBCU's news division.

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Years, Westwood One has carried on syndicating several NBC News-branded shows to affiliate radio stations, including audio versions of current-affairs NBC News TV shows such as Meet the Press, a practice that continues to date.

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In 1982, NBC News began production on NBC News Overnight with anchors Linda Ellerbee, Lloyd Dobyns, and Bill Schechner.

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NBC News Overnight was cancelled in December 1983, but in 1991, NBC News launched another overnight news show called NBC Nightside.

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At the time, a few NBC affiliates had begun using CNN's Headline News service to provide overnight programming, and NBC decided to offer the network's own overnight news service.

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NBC News got the first American news interviews from two Russian presidents, and Brokaw was the only American television news correspondent to witness the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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MSNBC News is not shown outside the Americas on a channel in its own right.

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Seven Network in Australia has close ties with NBC News and has used a majority of the network's imaging and slogans since the 1970s.

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Seven NBC News has featured The Mission as its news theme since the mid-1980s.

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NBC News has been known to use Seven News reporters for live reports on a developing news story in Australia.

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NBC News Now is shown as a linear channel on both the Sky and Virgin Media platforms in the UK.

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