NBCUniversal Television Group

NBCUniversal Television Group is a former unit of NBCUniversal. In a 2019 reorganization of its direct reporting units, NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News was formed and is effectively a reconstituted TV group.

NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News

NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News
NBC Broadcasting (2006-2016)
NBC Broadcasting and Sports (2016-2019)
Area served
Key people
Mark Lazarus (Chairman)

NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News is the television arm of NBCUniversal. The company is composed of six divisions: NBC Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, Affiliate Relations, Network Research, NBCUniversal Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment and Special Events.


NBC Broadcasting

In 2006, NBC sold four stations from its smallest markets. In November 2007, the NBC Owned Television Stations changed its name to NBC Local Media. In March 2008, Local Media decided to focus on growing websites and the top ten market stations placing WTVJ in Miami and WVIT in Harford up for sale.[1]

LXTV was acquired in January 2008 by NBC Local Media[2] followed in March by the purchased of Skycastle Entertainment, Local Media's former outside sales and marketing firm.[3] After NBC Weather Plus was shut down in late 2008, WNBC launched a replacement programming of local information, news and lifestyle as NBC New York Nonstop in March 2009 using LXTV programs.[4]

In May 2009, NBC rolled out a tiered affiliation plan. The plan has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze is the standard existing short term affiliation, programming with ad inventory splits. With the silver plan, the affiliate and network would add working in other media: internet, wireless and video on demand areas with inventory splits, a different financial arrangement and promotion commitments. Gold affiliation agreement is a longer broader partnership in local online media and mobile digital TV with the network representing the gold affiliates in cable and satellite retransmission consent negotiations with the network sharing in the carriage revenue. A NBClocal.com livestyle website would be a part of the silver package.[5] By July 2009, GE has been registering NBCmarket.com domains (like NBCIndianapolis.com) in markets where NBC stations are not NBC owned. NBC Affiliates Board chair Mike Fiorile indicated a preference on behalf of local stations that the local station should own its own brand in the market.[6] Local Newser indicated that this might be attempt by NBC to compete with their local affiliates despite pointing out the NBC local program as a part of its top tier affiliation plans.[7]

On October 24, 2012, NBC Owned Television Stations announced it will relaunch the NBC Nonstop network as Cozi TV, which will feature classic TV shows, movies and original programming.[8] In July 2013, NBCU placed NBC TV Stations and Telemundo's O&Os stations into a new division, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, with New England Cable News being transferred into NBC TV Stations.[9]

Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News

With Ted Harbert departing as head of NBC Broadcasting in September 2016, Mark Lazarus (as chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports) added this group to his responsibility over NBC Sports Group.[10] In January 2019, NBCUniversal was reorganized to make way for their streaming service. Lazarus added NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group and NBCUniversal News Group to his portfolio, now as chairman of NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News (except for NBC Entertainment).[11]

NBC News

NBCUniversal News Group
Area served
Key people
Andrew Lack (chairman)
Deborah Turness (president, NBC News International)[12]
Production output
News TV shows
OwnerNBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News
SubsidiariesEuronews (25%)

NBCUniversal News Group is the news division of NBCUniversal, composed of the NBC News, CNBC and MSNBC units, that was created on July 19, 2012 under chairwoman Pat Fili-Krushel.[13] In April 2015, Andrew Lack took over as CEO of the group, with CNBC being moved to a direct unit reporting to Lack, who was previously the head of NBC News. Lack was appointed to fix the division after flagging ratings and the Brian Williams embellishment scandal.[14]

In February 2017, the group purchased a 25% stake in Euronews for $30 million to increase its international reach. NBC News president Deborah Turness was appointed to lead international operations, with Noah Oppenheim, who oversaw Today, replacing her at NBC News.[15] Euronews, integrated with NBC News, would be renamed Euronews NBC and be headed up by Turness.[16]

NBCUniversal Television Distribution

NBCUniversal Television Distribution (formerly NBC Enterprises and Universal Domestic Television among other distributor incarnations) is the television distribution arm of NBC Universal that distributes programs across the nation.

DVD releases for most shows owned by the group are handled by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, while others are licensed to other companies such as Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Arts Alliance America and Shout! Factory.

NBCUniversal International Television

NBCUniversal International Television or NBCUniversal International Television Distribution (formerly Universal Worldwide Television and MCA TV International) is the worldwide television production/distribution arm of NBCUniversal, syndicating NBCUni's programs across the globe. Universal Worldwide Television was formed in 1997 as a result of the break-up of UIP Pay TV. Prior to NUIT's formation, for several years MGM International Television Distribution handled worldwide distribution of shows from NBC Studios.

In April 2019, it was announced that Sky Vision would be folded into NBCUniversal Global Distribution, as a result of Comcast's takeover of Sky.[17] On October 1st, Sky Vision officially merged with NBCUniversal Global Distribution.[18]

NBC Entertainment

NBC Entertainment
Area served
Key people
Paul Telegdy (Chairman)
OwnerNBCUniversal Film and Entertainment
DivisionsUniversal Television Alternative Studios

NBC Entertainment is NBCUniversal's entertainment arm of the NBC network. The division has prime time programming, business affairs, West Coast research, marketing, public relations and network scheduling.[19]


In July 2008, Universal Cable Productions was split off from Universal Media Studios and place into NBCUniversal's NBCU Cable Entertainment division.[20] On Monday, September 12, 2011 Universal Media Studios was renamed to Universal Television.[21]

NBC Entertainment named Paul Telegdy as president of both its alternative and reality TV group and NBC Entertainment, along the formation of Universal Television Alternative Studios by president Meredith Ahr in June 2016. These promotions are part of a push for NBC to create and distribute future reality TV shows. However, late night programming was removed from Teledgy's portfolio, which also included annual specials.[22] On September 24, 2018, Bob Greenblatt left NBC Entertainment's chairman position and was replaced by George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy.[23]

With the reorganization of NBCUniversal in January 2019, Jeff Shell (currently chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group) added NBC Entertainment, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and many international channels to his portfolio, now as chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment.[11] In October 2019, NBCUniversal Content Studios was formed to house Universal Television snd NBC's late night programming, with Cheeks joining from NBC Entertainment.[24]

Universal Television Alternative Studios

Universal Television Alternative Studios is NBC Entertainment's reality and alternative TV production division, headed by president Meredith Ahr. The unit reports to the president of NBC Entertainment.[22]

The studio was formed in June 2016 under president Meredith Ahr.[22] In July 2016, the studio's first program, World of Dance, which is co-produced with Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions, was announced by NBC.[25]


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