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Russia warned U.S. about Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tsarnaev: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out last year's Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

Russia warned U.S. about Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tsarnaev: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out last year's Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

NBC tries to boost its TV Everywhere by giving easy pass

NEW YORK, N.Y. - NBC is using the Olympics to push interest in technology allowing cable or satellite TV subscribers to see live Winter Olympics competition on mobile phones or tablets. The network said Monday it will give subscribers a 30-minute "free pass" to Olympics video before they are asked to verify that they are paying customers. On subsequent days, customer will get five minutes free before they have to check in. NBC's hope is that the big event will increase interest in its "TV Everywhere" initiative, which has been slow to get started.

Former NBC News President Steve Capus to teach, blog on management

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former NBC News President Steve Capus will teach management and journalism at a business school's New York headquarters. Capus, who led NBC's news division from 2005 to 2013, was appointed executive in residence at the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra. The business school has campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, New York, Munich and Sao Paulo. IESE has sought to expand its business program in the media and entertainment. Capus, who has started a blog for the business school, is also expected to teach journalism classes elsewhere.

U.S. network NBC to return to live musicals with 'Peter Pan'

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. TV network NBC will air another live performance of a Broadway musical, "Peter Pan," on December 4, hoping to repeat the ratings success of last year's broadcast of "The Sound of Music Live." The musicals are part of the Comcast-owned network's strategy to draw audiences to live events, a defense against later viewing on digital video recorders which is less valuable to advertisers.

NBC climbs ratings mountain with live 'Sound of Music' special

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. network NBC's live telecast of the musical "The Sound of Music" played to the tune of 18.5 million viewers, the Comcast Corp-owned broadcaster said on Friday, helping NBC inject some momentum into its entertainment division. The three-hour production on Thursday starring country singer Carrie Underwood as Maria, the would-be nun who falls in love with an anti-Nazi Austrian captain, was NBC's best non-sports draw in the 18 to 49 age group most coveted by advertisers since the finale of hospital drama "ER" in 2009.

NBC chief Greenblatt extends contract through 2017

(Reuters) - NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt has extended his contract with the Comcast-owned broadcast network through 2017, a person with knowledge of the decision said on Friday. The former Showtime cable channel executive was hired in 2011 by Comcast to run NBC, which has struggled for years to move out of last place among the four major broadcast networks.

NBC's Hillary Clinton Project Looks Doomed, Rivals Say

By Tim Molloy NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - NBC's Hillary Clinton miniseries looks likely to fizzle out, executives at two rival networks told TheWrap. "It's going to die a slow death," one of the executives said, following NBC entertainment Bob Greenblatt statement Friday that the project was only in development and might never be made. The executives spoke on condition of anonymity.

'Today,' 'NBC Nightly News' hit by modest layoffs

By Sara Morrison LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - NBC News was hit by a round of layoffs recently, with "Today" and "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" losing a small number of staff, a network spokesperson told TheWrap. The spokesperson said that "less than 2 percent" of each show's staff was affected but declined to say the exact number or their positions within the company. "Today"'s layoffs came on Tuesday while "Nightly News" restructured "a few weeks ago," the spokesperson said.

Can 'The Bible' be a ratings olive branch for NBC?

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBC is praying that its pick up of popular cable miniseries "The Bible" will improve its ratings, a move that analysts have pegged as a low-risk gamble for the struggling U.S. television network. "The Bible," whose 10-episode run on the History Channel network this spring averaged about 11 million viewers per installment, lit up TV ratings by pulling in 13.1 million viewers for its March 3 debut, topping all broadcast shows.
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