Mar 31, 2003  •  Post A Comment

NAB gears up
The National Association of Broadcasters reports that preregistration for NAB 2003, which kicks off this week, is running ahead of last year’s pace. The conference is scheduled for April 5-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton.
Among those scheduled to participate are entertainer Bill Cosby, newsmen Sam Donaldson and Bob Schieffer and executives Barry Diller and Michael Eisner (above).
Details on the show are available at 800-342-2460 or www.nab.org/conventions.
Olbermann returns
Five years after he fled MSNBC rather than continue hosting a show that focused on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, the prodigal Keith Olbermann has won another prime-time spot on the news channel, which launches his new hour-long show, Countdown With Keith Olbermann, at 8 tonight. Mr. Olbermann, who is as well-known for his professional commitment phobia as his acerbic wit, said, “I’m honored by this assignment and deeply grateful for a second opportunity at MSNBC.”
Also returning to his familiar haunt tonight is CBS Late Show host David Letterman, who has been recovering from shingles since Feb. 25.
Yanks cable flap back
The drama continues for New York baseball fans. The major league season will kick off, but an interim agreement for Yankees games to appear on Cablevision Systems for the first time in 15 months, mediated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, fell apart late last week. Each side blames the other, and renewed negotiations are expected. The question is whether they will be completed before the first cry of “Play ball!”