2005: NBC #1; Changes At The Top

By Brian 

For the rest of this year’s news about NBC News check the NBC category.

> Dec. 28: In Q4, NBC Nightly News beats ABC by over 1 million viewers

> Dec. 21: NBC correspondents may decertify AFTRA

> Dec. 12: A Dateline NBC producer asks two governors to grant a death penalty waiver; Later, NBC says “appropriate action” has been taken

> Dec. 12: Who would replace Katie Couric? Part two

> Dec. 6: Couric speaks! “I’m figuring out what I want to do and when I want to do it,” she tells TV Guide

> Dec. 3: Who would replace Katie Couric? Part one

> Nov. 29: NN widens its lead: Brian Williams beats WNT by more than one million viewers for 5 of the last 6 weeks

> Nov. 29: Steve Capus becomes NBC News prez

> Nov. 28: Couric doesn’t know if she’ll stay at NBC

> Nov. 25: Two Macy’s parade-goers are injured on Thanksgiving, but Katie and Matt don’t tell viewers

> Nov. 24: 15 staffers are laid off from Dateline

> Oct. 31: The NBC Nightly News is going online

> Oct. 28: Tim Russert‘s role in the CIA leak investigation is revealed

> Oct. 15: Michelle Kosinski is up a flood without a paddle

> Oct. 10: You know it’s a good day in hurricane coverage when…

> Oct. 4: Williams returns to the Gulf Coast (and again in December)

> Sept. 22: Jeff Zucker tells staffers to expect layoffs as NBC faces a budget crunch

> Sept. 20: NBC partners with Habitat for Humanity to build homes at “Humanity Plaza;” More

> Sept. 19: Could Campbell Brown replace Couric?

> Sept. 15: Cheryl Gould is promoted to senior VP

> Sept. 6: Neal Shapiro steps down; Steve Capus becomes acting president of NBC News

> Aug. 23: Williams: “I would like to know who my competitors will be”

> Aug. 17: David Verdi, Mark Lukasiewicz promoted to VP positions

> Aug. 6: Bob Wright is looking for a “news czar”

> Aug. 1: “Couric has met twice with CBS CEO Les Moonves, and will reach a decision about her future this fall”

> July 25: NBC corres
pondent Jim Cummins accuses a Catholic archdiosese in Iowa of covering up two instances of sexual abuse that happened to him in 1962

> July 21: Andrea Mitchell is “roughed up” and “manhandled” by Sudanese officials; She blogs about it

> July 6: NBC Nightly News is the #1 evening newscast for 52 consecutive weeks

> June 29: NBC teases ABC for skipping presidential speech analysis in favor of a George Lopez re-run

> June 22: NBC cuts deal for exclusive access on First Lady’s trip to Africa

> June 13: Couric scores the first Runaway Bride sit-down

> June 9: Bill Wheatley, the “heart and soul” of NBC News, retires

> June 6: Capus moves up to senior VP; Also, John Reiss becomes Nightly News EP

> May 26: Amy Rosenblum becomes senior producer of Today II

> May 25: Shapiro’s days as NBC News president are numbered; The NYT says he WANTS to leave

> May 16: Ann Curry becomes co-anchor of Dateline NBC

> Apr. 29: Zucker is pressuring Couric to sign a three-year contract when her current one expires in May ’06

> Apr. 20: NBC vet Jim Bell is named executive producer of Today

> Apr. 19: Touchet is ousted from Today; and MSNBC VP Phil Griffin named exec in charge of Today

> Mar. 25: Howard Reig, the voice of NBC News for almost 62 years, signs off

> Mar. 10: Alex Wallace is named EP of Weekend Today

> Feb. 9: A conflict of interest for U.N. correspondent Linda Fasulo?

> Jan. 17: Newspapers buzz about Couric’s possible departure to CBS

> Jan. 3: Capus predicts the tsunami will be “one of the events that is going to define Brian Williams”