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Preakness ratings up

Exaggerator’s victory over Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in the Preakness was watched on NBC by an average of more than 9.4 million people, a 6 percent increase over American Pharoah’s victory last year in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Furious GOP chairman suspends debate plans with NBC

WASHINGTON – As conservative and candidate complaints over Wednesday’s CNBC debate refused to ebb, the Republican Party chairman said Friday the event was “conducted in bad faith” and suspended the party’s partnership with NBC for a scheduled February primary debate. “CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack in a letter.

‘Truth Be Told’ cast dishes on new NBC comedy

NBC continues its efforts to find a new successful comedy with the launch of “Truth Be Told.” The comedy about two couples stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell, Vanessa Lachey and Bresha Webb.

NBC Keeps Preakness

The Preakness Stakes will remain on NBC after a seven-year contract extension was reached for the second leg of the Triple Crown. The agreement announced Monday with the Maryland Jockey Club locks up all the Triple Crown races for NBC Sports Group. Earlier in the year, a 10-year extension was announced for the Kentucky Derby and a seven-year deal for the Belmont Stakes. When American Pharoah won the Preakness on his way to becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, the telecast averaged more than 8.9 million viewers – the seventh straight year the race topped 8 million. – AP

N.Y. Rangers sign free agent Jarret Stoll

NHL: The New York Rangers are giving former Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll a second chance a few months after he pleaded guilty in a felony cocaine case. The Rangers on Monday signed Stoll to a one-year, $800,000 contact in a deal that gives the NHL’s best team in the 2014 regular season a center who is outstanding on faceoffs, good on the penalty kill and a veteran who knows what it takes to win the Stanley Cup.

After tape-delayed success, a mostly live Olympics for NBC

NEW YORK – A swimmer with a heart-wrenching history is about to race at the Olympics, so of course NBC will first air a slickly produced feature full of teary interviews and stirring music. Not next year. Not enough time.

Speaking of liars

NEW YORK - Brian Williams, the popular NBC News anchor who became embroiled in controversy over false statements he made about his reporting, will no longer be the anchor of the network’s evening newscast and will be assigned to handling breaking news on cable network MSNBC, people familiar with the plan said Wednesday night.

In TV blitz, Rachel Dolezal says white couple may not be her real parents

NEW YORK – Rachel Dolezal’s daylong media blitz in which she denied that she is a white woman posing as a black woman culminated Tuesday night with a claim that she’s not sure her white parents are her real parents. “I haven’t had a DNA test. There’s been no biological proof that Larry and Ruthanne are my biological parents,” Dolezal said in an appearance on “NBC Nightly News.”

NBC Sports Group aquires rights to 2017 America’s Cup

The NBC Sports Group has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for the 2017 America’s Cup. According to the deal announced Monday, NBC will provide live coverage of both weekends of the America’s Cup match in Bermuda in summer 2017. Other live coverage of the match and the challenger elimination series will air on NBC and NBC Sports Network. Coverage of all America’s Cup World Series events in 2015 and 2016 will be on NBCSN. Unlike in 2013, when the America’s Cup Event Authority bought air time and then sold advertising, this is a joint venture in which the NBC Sports Group and the ACEA will collaborate on sponsorship and advertising sales. – AP

Spiraling scandal threatens Cosby’s reputation

NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

Tim Howard to call EPL games when not in Everton goal

Tim Howard will keep doubling as an English Premier League goalkeeper and TV announcer. The U.S. star will work up to 10 games for NBC Sports Group during the upcoming season on days his EPL team, Everton, isn’t playing. He will either serve as a game commentator in the booth or as an on-site studio analyst for high-profile matches. Howard, 35, did seven games for NBCSN last season, and the network announced Tuesday it signed him to a multiyear deal. The curtain rasies for the new season on Aug. 10 with the FA Community Shild, a match between last season’s EPL champion, Manchester City, and Cup winner Arsenal. – Associated Press

NBC says thousands of illegal video stopped

NBC says it worked with Olympic officials to stop some 45,000 instances of illegally posted video or pirate streams that surfaced to show competition during the Sochi games. The chase after video pirates operates in the shadows with an intensity all its own. Broadcasters pay big money to the International Olympic Commission in return for exclusive TV and streaming rights and guard that exclusivity keenly. In NBC’s case, the network paid $775 million for the Sochi rights. Officials estimated Thursday that some 20,000 Olympic videos were kept off YouTube and 20,000 more off other video-sharing sites around the world. – Associated Press

Costas plans to return Monday

Bob Costas plans to make his return to NBC today after being off the air for a week with an eye infection. NBC said Sunday that “Today” host Matt Lauer would sub for Costas one last time on the Sunday night telecast, and that Costas is preparing for his return in prime-time tonight. The longtime Olympics host started duty in Sochi with one eye reddened from an infection that he hoped would clear up quickly. Instead, it spread to his other eye. It made his vision sight blurry and it was difficult for him to work, and his red eyes were a popular topic on social media. Lauer and Meredith Vieira have filled in for him. – AP

Vonn will join NBC

Ski champion Lindsey Vonn will work for NBC during the Winter Olympics, although she won’t be in Sochi. The network said the gold medalist will report on the Olympics for the “Today” show and some NBC Sports broadcasts. Vonn was expected to defend her championship at the Olympics, which begin next week, but a leg injury has sidelined her and is preventing her from going to Russia. NBC said Vonn will give “Today” show viewers an update on her rehabilitation and talk about how athletes prepare mentally and physically during the days leading to the games. She’ll continue her broadcast work once the games start. – AP