Povich Extends Deal With NBC Universal

Sep 13, 2005  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has signed Maury Povich to a new multiyear contract and has renewed his syndicated talk strip “Maury” on the majority of the Tribune Broadcasting and Sinclair Broadcasting stations through 2007. The announcement was made Monday by Barry Wallach, president of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. NBC Universal did not disclose the exact number of years Mr. Povich’s contract was extended.

“Maury” has been renewed on 16 Tribune Broadcasting stations through the 2006-07 season, representing 36 percent of the U.S. and 10 of the top 12 markets. Stations in the deal include WPIX-TV in New York, KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, WGN-TV in Chicago and WPHL-TV in Philadelphia.

Sinclair Broadcasting has renewed “Maury” in 24 markets, including WLFL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., KDNL-TV in St. Louis and WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Povich began his broadcasting career in 1966 as a news reporter and sportscaster at WTTG-TV in Washington before hosting the station’s midday talk show “Panorama.”

In 1986 he was tapped to host “A Current Affair,” which he left in 1991 to host “The Maury Povich Show.” In 1998 he began hosting “Maury,” which began its eighth season on Sept.12.

Paul Faulhaber executive produces “Maury.” Stephanie Posner is supervising producer and John Pascarella is senior producer.