by pat howard

NBC News ‘and information’?

In NBC, News on July 10, 2007 at 10:05 am

“NBC News is consolidating its longform units, including newsmagazine Dateline, into a division called Peacock Prods. that aims to expand into reality and nonfiction entertainment.” – Michael Learmonth, Variety

This includes a swath of programs as varied as Dateline, its spinoff To Catch a Predator and cable shows such as Dog the Bounty Hunter, according to Variety, thus further blurring the lines between news and entertainment.

Presumably, the Channel One deal I mentioned yesterday would fall under the new umbrella at Peacock Productions, which NBC News president told staffers to think of as “NBC news and information.”

An interesting quote from Capus: “To me, what this represents is a natural extension of what this news division is now and what it will be in the future.” A scary thought, perhaps.

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