60 Facts About NBC News

1. NBC News has used a number of logos throughout its history; early logos used by the television and radio networks were similar to the logo of its then parent company, RCA.

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2. On February 18, 2015, NBC News began providing live programming streams of local NBC stations in select markets, which are only available to authenticated subscribers of participating pay television providers.

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3. NBC News provides video on demand access for delayed viewing of the network's programming through various means, including via its website at NBC.

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4. NBC News continues to own its entire library of programs produced after 1973, through corporate sister NBCUniversal Television Group.

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5. NBC News sold the distribution rights to programs it produced prior to that year to National Telefilm Associates in 1973; those rights are currently owned by CBS Television Distribution, although NBC still owns the copyrights to the episodes.

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6. From 2003 to 2014, NBC News held rights to two of the three pageants organized by the Miss Universe Organization: the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

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7. NBC News began airing a same-day rebroadcast of the parade telecast in 2009.

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8. NBC News holds the broadcast rights to several annual specials and award show telecasts including the Golden Globe Awards and the Emmy Awards.

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9. On March 28, 2012, it was announced that NBC News would launch a new Saturday morning preschool block programmed by Sprout.

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10. In May 2006, NBC News announced plans to launch a new Saturday morning children's block under the Qubo brand in September 2006.

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11. In 2002, NBC News entered into an agreement with Discovery Communications to carry educational children's programs from the Discovery Kids cable channel.

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12. In 1989, NBC News premiered Saved by the Bell, a live-action teen sitcom which originated on The Disney Channel the previous year as Good Morning, Miss Bliss.

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13. NBC News has held the American broadcasting rights to the Summer Olympic Games since the 1988 games and the rights to the Winter Olympic Games since the 2002 games.

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14. NBC News continued to grow the Chicago franchise with a third spinoff titled Chicago Justice.

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15. NBC News launched eight new series that year, with only one, comedy-drama police procedural The Mysteries of Laura, being renewed for a second season.

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16. NBC News improved considerably in total viewership, finishing behind long-dominant CBS in second place for the season.

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17. In 2013, NBC News Sports migrated its business and production operations to new facilities in Stamford, Connecticut.

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18. In March 2007, NBC News announced that it would begin offering full-length episodes of its prime time series for streaming on mobile devices, becoming the first US broadcast network to offer on-demand mobile episode content, as the market began shifting away from traditional television.

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19. The NBA on NBC News enjoyed great success in the 1990s due in large part to the Chicago Bulls' run of six championships at the hands of superstar Michael Jordan.

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20. NBC News aired the first of eight consecutive Summer Olympic Games broadcasts when it covered the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea.

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21. NBC News aired The Wizard of Oz each year from 1968 to 1976, when CBS, realizing that they may have committed a colossal blunder by letting a huge ratings success like Oz go to another network, agreed to pay MGM more money to re-acquire the rights to show the film.

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22. In 1959, NBC News premiered a televised version of the radio program The Bell Telephone Hour, which aired in color from its debut; the program would continue on the NBC television network for nine more years until it ended in 1968.

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23. In 1956, NBC News started a subsidiary, California National Productions, for merchandising, syndication and NBC opera company operations with the production of Silent Services.

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24. NBC News began the transition with a few shows in 1954, and broadcast its first program to air all episodes in color beginning that summer, The Marriage.

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25. NBC News was ready with color programming within days of the Commission's decision.

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26. Many years, NBC News was closely identified with David Sarnoff, who used it as a vehicle to sell consumer electronics.

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27. NBC News was a particularly noteworthy case in that it was the first to be acquired—and was bought by a conglomerate outside the broadcast industry as GE otherwise primarily served as a manufacturing company.

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28. In 1979, NBC News launched The Source, a modestly successful secondary network providing news and short features to FM rock stations.

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29. NBC News stations were often the most powerful, and some occupied unique clear-channel national frequencies, reaching hundreds or thousands of miles at night.

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30. NBC News became home to many of the most popular performers and programs on the air.

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31. NBC News started to use the chimes sequence in 1931, and it eventually became the first audio trademark to be accepted by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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32. In 1927, NBC News moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, occupying the upper floors of a building designed by architect Floyd Brown.

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33. On January 1, 1927, NBC News formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming; the "Blue Network" mostly carried sustaining—or non-sponsored—broadcasts, especially news and cultural programs.

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34. NBC News has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air; NBC maintains brand licensing agreements for international channels in South Korea and Germany.

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35. NBC News is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting.

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36. NBC News Sports' telecast was the third-most-watched ever, with an audience of 22 million.

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37. NBC News acquired the broadcast rights to the Olympics through 2008.

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38. NBC News helped drive this growth by launching, growing, and acquiring what would become one of the industry's largest suite of cable networks, covering news, sports, and entertainment.

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39. NBC News received 33 primetime awards, more than the other two networks combined.

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40. NBC News presented an episode of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie on August 30, 1953, as the first publicly announced experimental broadcast in compatible color.

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41. NBC News had used chimes as a switching cue from its beginnings as a radio network.

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42. NBC News made it possible for a national audience to share in a single experience, be it a presidential address or a baseball game.

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43. NBC News had become stronger during the 1990s through strategic acquisitions and alliances.

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44. NBC News dominated coverage of the Olympics in 1988 with its broadcast from Seoul, South Korea.

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45. In 1964 NBC News presented the first made-for-television movie, thus establishing a new genre of television program.

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46. NBC News started its television network with four stations and by 1951 it had installed regular coast-to-coast network service.

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47. In 1985 NBC News established a radio-programming distribution arm called NBC Radio entertainment, allowing it to get involved with a variety of programs such as country and jazz.

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48. NBC News tried, unsuccessfully, to buoy radio sales by introducing several new programs.

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49. NBC News Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

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50. NBC News Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States to more than 80 million homes.

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51. NBC News owns the rights to the Olympics through the 2020 Summer Games, at which point NBCUniversal will have presented 11 consecutive and 17 total Olympic Games, the most for a US media company in both categories.

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52. NBC News has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history.

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53. NBC News was replaced by Lester Holt on an interim basis.

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54. 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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55. 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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56. 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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57. NBC News has been known to use Seven News reporters for live reports on a developing news story in Australia.

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58. 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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59. NBC News aired the first, regularly scheduled news program in American broadcast television history on February 21, 1940.

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60. NBC News is the news division of the American broadcast television network NBC, formerly known as the National Broadcasting Company when it was founded on radio.

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