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."