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Jane Pauley Surprises Her Pals at NBC News

Jun 9, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Only days after she “retired” from NBC after 27 years, it was reported that Jane Pauley is in advanced discussions about doing a daily one-hour syndicated talk show. While some think eventually every American will have a talk show, nowhere was the news about Ms. Pauley a bigger shock than at her longtime home, NBC News, even though the show is to be produced by NBC Enterprises. Unlike Chris Matthews, who does a weekend show for the same production unit, Ms. Pauley’s program is not being done in association with NBC News. The real surprise, say former colleagues, is that she would take on something so time- and life-consuming. They thought she would want something more akin to the periodic specials done by former “Good Morning America” competitor Joan Lunden. Since she left the couch on NBC’s “Today” show in 1989, Ms. Pauley has exhibited absolutely no interest in a return to any kind of daily grind. She has made clear she has no appetite for the mad scramble between news divas for the so-called “big gets.” And she positively abhors the sort of personalized and repetitive sort of interviews that are essential to syndication success. Of course, we have no idea what the format might be, but we did come across this neat shot of Ms. Pauley on the links. So we leave her this advice as she negotiates her deal: Speak loudly and bring along that big stick.