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The Insider

Jan 5, 2004  •  Post A Comment

She’s been an entertainment correspondent for “Today” for 12 years, and now Jill Rappaport’s career is taking off in a whole new direction.
She’s the host of “NBC on Ted,” a 15- to 20-minute entertainment-driven TV package that will be presented aboard every flight operated by Ted, United Airlines’ Denver-based low-cost carrier that will launch in February. As you may or may not know, the new airline’s name comes from the last three letters in “United.” United has included “NBC in Flight,” a broader package of the network’s programming that recently won a CINE Gold Eagle Award, in its airborne entertainment package for nine years.
Both magazine packages are produced by a team headed by Frank Radice, senior VP of advertising and promotions for NBC News. “In Flight” is produced monthly. There will be two editions per month of “NBC on Ted.”
A Fan’s Notes
Buried among The Insider’s holiday messages was a happily received reminder that sometimes good things happen to good people. It was a note from Ed Bleier, the allegedly retired Time Warner executive who published “The Thanksgiving Ceremony,” a plea and plan for the holiday to stand for more than too much turkey, trimmings and touchdowns. His little-book-that-could reached No. 7 in mid-December in The New York Times best sellers category of hardcover tomes on advice, how-to and miscellaneous subjects.
“Hope to make the top five-printed in the paper-next year,” Mr. Bleier said. “At least `New York Times best-selling author’ is a gentler sobriquet than some others I have been called.”
On another subject: The Insider thinks the real breakout personality of Fox’s newest reality hit is Tinkerbell, Paris Hilton’s teacup chihuahua. Not only is the cute canine the most adorable of the three pampered princesses trying to survive “The Simple Life” in Altus, Ark., but she’s by far the best-dressed.
Turns out that Tinkerbell, who took only a handful of outfits in her own travel case when she set out with Ms. Hilton and Nicole Richie for Altus, is partial to-though not exclusive to-Fifi & Romeo. The Beverly Boulevard doggie boutique was opened in Los Angeles in 2000 by Yana Syrkin, a former costume designer whose credits include “Ally McBeal” and Bruiser the dog’s wardrobe in “Legally Blonde 2.”
Pooch-size sweaters, the item Fifi & Romeo is best known for, start at $125-that’s right, start.
The Insider thinks this is one puppy who deserves a guest consultant shot on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”