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Banned! NBC Really Pissed at THR Reporter. Was He Just Doing His Job–and Who Doesn’t Like a Can-do, Aggressive Employee–or Was This Over the Line, Even for a Reporter

May 18, 2010  •  Post A Comment

NBC barred the Hollywood trade paper The Hollywood Reporter from its official upfront presentation in New York Monday after THR’s James Hibberd sat in–uninvited–at a Sunday rehearsal and reported details, including scheduling information, according to The Wrap. Clearly NBC wanted its upfront presentation to be fresh when it occurred, without having details made public beforehand. 

NBC would not comment, said the Wrap, which cited "people close to the situation" as saying the network also canceled one-on-one interviews it had previously set up between James Hibberd and its executives. Hibberd, who started The Live Blog at THR, began his reporting–and blogging–about the TV industry here at TVWeek before going to THR. 

Hibberd also took a jab at the network’s choice of venue in his scoop, writing, "Having an upfront at the [New York] Hilton, as opposed to a fancy theater … makes it easier for a reporter to crash your upfront’s tech rehearsal."

6 Comments

  1. Hibberd must have skipped his Media Law class, assuming he went to college. Criminal trespass was the ruling in the ABC v. Food Lion case years ago.

  2. They say that people who never do anything never get in trouble. Successful movie and TV producers will attest to that.

  3. That’s what NBC gets for being so cheap. They’re down the street from this shabby azz hotel and get the space for almost $0. You get what you pay for, so they have no one to blame but themselves.

  4. That’s what NBC gets for being so cheap. They’re down the street from this shabby azz hotel and get the space for almost $0. You get what you pay for, so they have no one to blame but themselves.

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