RTDNA’s 2014 Paul White Award, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism goes to Dick Ebersol, former longtime chairman of NBC Sports. “For more than four decades, Dick Ebersol has represented the best of broadcasting,” said Mike Cavender, executive director of RTDNA. “His mark on television is as memorable as it is indelible.”
Dick Ebersol’s abrupt resignation from NBC has upended all assumptions about the future of the Olympics on TV. Still, the longtime NBC executive’s legacy is expected to hover over proceedings next week in Switzerland as NBC, ESPN, Fox and possibly a combined CBS-Turner bid compete for Olympic media rights.
The abrupt departure of Dick Ebersol as chairman of NBC Sports Group last Thursday sent shockwaves through the network and the media industry. It also sent a not-so-subtle message to other top NBCUniversal executives: Get with the program or hit the road.
, who has run NBC Sports since 1989 and engineered the network’s bids to acquire the rights to more Olympics than any other, resigned today when he said he could not come to an agreement on a new contract. His decision comes several months after ’s takeover of NBC Universal and raises speculation that he clashed with his new corporate bosses, which he denied. Mark Lazarus, president, NBC Sports Cable Group, will become the new chairman of the NBC Sports Group.
Dick Ebersol may be hamstrung in his latest bid to land the media rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, as his new boss at NBC Universal suggested he’s ready to put an end to the Peacock’s free-spending ways.
Dick Ebersol, who has run NBC Sports for nearly 22 years, is wasting little time putting his personal stamp on the sports properties of Comcast, which include the Golf Channel and Versus, and 11 regional sports networks. NBC executives with long connections to Ebersol are adding new roles at the Comcast units five days after Comcast took control of NBC Universal. Some Versus officials lost their jobs.