Former TV Executive Says He Deserves Community Service for Bringing Nancy Grace to TV

Mar 13, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Steve Brill, the founder of Court TV, tells the journalism organization ProPublica that he deserves "to do community service. I am the person who brought Nancy Grace to television."

Brill, asked about his nose for hiring inexperienced people who end up with strong careers, noted that he also made "a lot of mistakes" (which he followed with the Nancy Grace comment.)

Brill added that his attitude at Court TV was to "give people an opportunity, and if they get hired away, you use that to hire other people." Grace moved on from Court TV to become a fixture on HLN.

Said Brill: "When we started Court TV we had a couple of experienced people, and there was a producer there, a young producer, Cynthia McFadden." After she complained they didn’t have enough people on-air, Brill said he told her, "Well, what about you?"

McFadden now is an anchor and correspondent for ABC News.

Brill added, "So Fred Graham, who was our experienced guy, takes me aside … oh, and then I did the same thing with Terry Moran, ironically, because they now both do ‘Nightline.’"

3 Comments

  1. “Steve Brill, the founder of Court TV, tells the journalism organization ProPublica that he deserves “to do community service. I am the person who brought Nancy Grace to television.”
    Community service? Are you kidding? He deserves to be hung by his wrists and ankles and forced to watch every moment of Nancy Grace’s programs. And that’s probably too good for him too.

  2. If he truly feels that way, and is just not saying that because he needs the publicity, there are many community service organizations that would welcome his volunteering.

  3. Mr. Observer, I don’t know that Brill working for a community service organization anywhere is a good idea. After the plague of non-journalistic, anti-male, jump-to-conclusion crap she has unleashed on society, I believe Scott may have it correct, except he forgot to mention gagging the shrew.

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