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Dateline Dropping Stone Phillips as Cost Cutting Move(Dinosaur Media Alert!)
AP via Yahoo ^ | 5/22/07 | David Bauder

Posted on 05/22/2007 12:48:55 PM PDT by Clemenza

NEW YORK - NBC News is dropping "Dateline NBC" anchor Stone Phillips in a cost-cutting move when his contract expires at the end of June.

Phillips won't formally be replaced. His co-anchor, Ann Curry, will continue and other "Dateline NBC" reporters will serve as on-air hosts when the newsmagazine presents stories they're working on, the network said Tuesday.

"It's been a wonderful 15 years," Phillips said in a statement issued by NBC. "I'm profoundly appreciative of the many friends and colleagues, past and present, who have been a part of the `Dateline' family. This is a great news division with a bright future. I wish the people of NBC News all the best."

He didn't immediately return a call for further comment.

Phillips was teamed with Jane Pauley, who left NBC is 2003, for much of his time at "Dateline NBC." At its peak, the newsmagazine churned out as many as five episodes a week.

The newsmagazine is probably best known now for reporter Chris Hansen's "To Catch a Predator" series nabbing suspected pedophiles. On NBC's fall schedule, the newsmagazine has only one permanent time slot — on little-watched Saturday night. It will be on three times a week in June.

NBC News has been restructuring to cut costs. Earlier this spring, it didn't renew the contract of "Nightly News" weekend anchor John Seigenthaler.

The Phillips move was similar in that the network is concentrating money on reporting and more versatile personalities. Seigenthaler, for example, was replaced by Lester Holt — who's also host of "Weekend Today." Curry is a newsreader on "Today" and reporter for "Dateline."


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1 posted on 05/22/2007 12:48:59 PM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Clemenza

Dropped him like a...

well, like a...

I dunno, they just dropped him.


2 posted on 05/22/2007 12:50:53 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Tradition is merely a group effort to prevent the unexpected)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; bwteim; ...

Pinging with more Dinosaur Fatalities due to tar pit activity!


3 posted on 05/22/2007 12:51:22 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Clemenza

Wow


4 posted on 05/22/2007 12:51:30 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade (John Bolton 08!)
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To: Clemenza

Katy Couric, call your office..........


5 posted on 05/22/2007 12:53:01 PM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: abb

http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=12083

Stone Phillips to Leave ‘Dateline NBC’
By Michele Greppi
Stone Phillips is leaving “Dateline NBC,” the television news magazine he has co-anchored since it debuted in 1992, and NBC News at the end of June.

Story continues below...

Ann Curry, the news anchor for “Today” as well as Mr. Phillips’s co-anchor since May 2005, is not expected to get a new “Dateline” co-anchor. There have been discussions about having correspondents that are heavily invested in certain projects, such as “Today Catch a Predator’s” Chris Hansen, playing an anchor-like role when their reports air.

“Dateline NBC” executive producer David Corvo conveyed the news Tuesday morning to a meeting at which Mr. Phillips said management had informed him of the change a couple of months ago.

Mr. Phillips’s career twist, following closely on the recent exit of weekend “Nightly News” anchor John Siegenthaler, comes as NBC News tightens its belt and demands more of its on- and off-camera staffers.

“It’s been a wonderful 15 years. I’m profoundly appreciative of the many friends and colleagues, past and present, who have been a part of the ‘Dateline family,’” Mr. Phillips said in a statement released by an NBC News spokesperson. “This is a great news division with a bright future. I wish the people of NBC News all the best.”

The spokesperson also released statements from Mr. Corvo and from NBC News President Steve Capus, who credited Mr. Phillips with a long list of accomplishments.

“On behalf of ‘Dateline,’ and all of us at NBC News, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to Stone for all he has contributed to NBC News during his tenure here,” Mr. Capus said. “His work on ‘Dateline’ over the past 15 years has been remarkable, as evidenced by the unprecedented awards Stone and the program have won, including 39 Emmys and four Peabodys. He is a first-rate journalist and a dedicated professional whose legacy here will live on with the program he established and cares so much about.”

Mr. Phillips joined NBC News to co-anchor “Dateline” with Jane Pauley after12 years at ABC News.

“Viewers know Stone as a great reporter and anchor,” Mr. Corvo said. “But his co-workers also know him as a loyal leader and patient mentor. At ‘Dateline,’ we’ll miss the passion he brought to his work, and will do our best to live up to the standard he has set.”


6 posted on 05/22/2007 12:53:13 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Clemenza

After they fire all the news anchors, janitors, and secretaries, what will the executives do to amuse themselves?


7 posted on 05/22/2007 12:53:44 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Clemenza

“”The Phillips move was similar in that the network is concentrating money on reporting and more versatile personalities.””

IOW, Phillips was not “versatile”...an empty suit.

Ann Curry is good. I like her.


8 posted on 05/22/2007 12:53:56 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Clemenza

He sank like a ...... stone....... in the ratings, I guess!


9 posted on 05/22/2007 12:54:12 PM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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To: StoneWall Brigade

Maybe he can replace the Perky Katie Couric on See BS.


10 posted on 05/22/2007 12:54:15 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: Shermy

Ann Curry is a cutie.


11 posted on 05/22/2007 12:54:28 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Cicero
After they fire all the news anchors, janitors, and secretaries, what will the executives do to amuse themselves? Get lap dances from Ann Curry? She'll need the money...
12 posted on 05/22/2007 12:55:09 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: CAWats

Yeah


13 posted on 05/22/2007 12:55:21 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade (John Bolton 08!)
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To: abb; potlatch; devolve; dixiechick2000
I find this terribly funny. I just caught him for a sec the other night with Curry and he seemed like an undertaker and she like some Elvira the Vampiress.

Ha ha ha

Ha ha ha

Ha ha ha

14 posted on 05/22/2007 12:55:27 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Clemenza

LOL!


15 posted on 05/22/2007 12:55:59 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade (John Bolton 08!)
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To: abb
Now when they drop lard a$$ Russert, I’ll believe they are serious about turning their network around. He’s another empty suited gas bag.
16 posted on 05/22/2007 12:57:13 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: Clemenza
Chris Hansen's "To Catch a Predator"

Is that the program where they entrap a could be pedophile on film and then say "surprise! you're on candid camera?"
17 posted on 05/22/2007 12:57:34 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: Clemenza

Say what you will about the man, he had one of the best journalist names ever - I mean, come on... STONE!


18 posted on 05/22/2007 12:57:58 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Tagline: you're it!)
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To: jaydubya2

Yep. And then Chris Hansen comes out with that Jim Grey-esque smirk on his face.


19 posted on 05/22/2007 12:58:15 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Clemenza

Hey, Stone! You had this gig for 15 years! Whadayya want?


20 posted on 05/22/2007 12:58:28 PM PDT by RexBeach (Americans never quit. -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: PhilDragoo

LOLOL!

Anytime there’s cuts in the DBM
it makes me all warm and fuzzy. ;o)


21 posted on 05/22/2007 12:59:00 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Clemenza

Sounds like the kind of thing you do just before you shut down the newsroom.


22 posted on 05/22/2007 12:59:00 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: RexBeach

15 years is a long time in the TV network world. He lasted longer than Seinfeld, and longer than MASH.


23 posted on 05/22/2007 12:59:22 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Clemenza
Anyone using a name like Stone Phiips deserves to get cut off at the pass. Just another liberal “journalist” getting his butt fired. Good riddance to him.
24 posted on 05/22/2007 12:59:23 PM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Brilliant
Sounds like the kind of thing you do just before you shut down the newsroom.

Within three years, or thereabouts, I predict.

25 posted on 05/22/2007 1:00:40 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Cicero
what will the executives do to amuse themselves?

Play Bingo! Going after the young and restless on Friday nights.

26 posted on 05/22/2007 1:00:58 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Clemenza

“Ann Curry is a cutie.”

I think she’s the best news-person on television.

She can interview anyone, never have seen her act superior via her questioning. She can be funny and works “on her feet.”


27 posted on 05/22/2007 1:01:13 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Clemenza

I’m not surprised by this. Most animatronics are terribly expensive to maintain (even the primitive ones like Stone).


28 posted on 05/22/2007 1:02:13 PM PDT by Petronski (Ron Paul will never be President of the United States.)
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To: Clemenza
Chris Hansen's "To Catch a Predator"

I wondered... if it's a sting operation, how come they are not required to read the perp his rights before they interview him?
29 posted on 05/22/2007 1:03:06 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: jaydubya2
Is that the program where they entrap a could be pedophile on film and then say "surprise! you're on candid camera?"


Entrapment is illegal; they are not entrappped.
30 posted on 05/22/2007 1:04:46 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: Clemenza

Isn’t Stone nearing 90?


31 posted on 05/22/2007 1:06:05 PM PDT by kjo
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To: Shermy

I agree with you 100%....she always seems like the real deal...


32 posted on 05/22/2007 1:06:14 PM PDT by Kimmers (Coram Deo)
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To: jaydubya2
I wondered... if it's a sting operation, how come they are not required to read the perp his rights before they interview him?


Because the perp has not been arrested yet. An interview is not an arrest.
33 posted on 05/22/2007 1:07:19 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: abb

I saw Stone on TV last night, and mentioned to Mr. TOL how surprised I was to see how “old” Stone looked. Oh well, I guess he will make someone a nice pet rock now. :-)


34 posted on 05/22/2007 1:07:49 PM PDT by tiredoflaundry (The greatest danger to our troops is the Congress of the United States.)
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To: Shermy
She can be funny and works “on her feet.”

As opposed to Lesley Stahl & Judy Woodruff...who work 'on their back'.

35 posted on 05/22/2007 1:09:26 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Clemenza

IMHO I think they dropped Stone because he is not “touch,feely” enough for today’s audiences. People want feeling, the sympathetic sounding voice with personal and pitying sounding words sent out in a pitiable way. Stone reported the story, no elaboration and with no identifying touchy, feely words or body language. In my second humble opinion, I think he is the most handsome man ever to be a reporter for the MSM. Good luck Stone!


36 posted on 05/22/2007 1:09:33 PM PDT by debboo (Stop socialism, vote conservative)
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To: CAWats
"Entrapment is illegal; they are not entrappped."

It comes rather close to entrapment for entertainment purposes.
37 posted on 05/22/2007 1:09:51 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: DeFault User
what will the executives do to amuse themselves?

I predict they will create a new reality show: "So you wanna be a news anchor?" But we won't get to vote out on the winner.

38 posted on 05/22/2007 1:10:46 PM PDT by ponygirl
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To: jaydubya2

Close doesn’t count.


39 posted on 05/22/2007 1:10:49 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: Clemenza

I always had the impression that Phillips was just hired for his looks, voice and name. Lately he has been looking much older. Maybe that has something to do with it.


40 posted on 05/22/2007 1:11:40 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: jaydubya2

Over and over and over.


41 posted on 05/22/2007 1:12:17 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: geezerwheezer

Stone Phillips is one of the least overtly liberal anchors around.


42 posted on 05/22/2007 1:15:39 PM PDT by Borges
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To: jaydubya2

The network isn’t a law enforcement entity, and the perp isn’t under arrest when Hansen pops in. The arrest only happens after he leaves the house...


43 posted on 05/22/2007 1:15:42 PM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Clemenza

Pick your big chin up off the ground and get out there in the private sector Stone! Course, the wages wont be the same.


44 posted on 05/22/2007 1:16:05 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: CAWats

I’ve wondered how effective those tactics are in reducing the crime, and if the police manpower may be better served elsewhere.


45 posted on 05/22/2007 1:16:37 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: Petronski
""Most animatronics are terribly expensive to maintain (even the primitive ones like Stone).""

Hey, he's a step above his model,

Max Headroom.

That show was prescient.

46 posted on 05/22/2007 1:18:37 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: ponygirl
But we won't get to vote out on the winner.

They can't afford for someone like John Stossel to win.

47 posted on 05/22/2007 1:19:00 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Borges

You exactly right, I have never seen his politics at all, quite refreshing really.

Just a regular newsman.

No wonder they fired him.


48 posted on 05/22/2007 1:19:10 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

His siblings Paper and Scissors had no comment.


49 posted on 05/22/2007 1:19:53 PM PDT by pikachu (Take advantage of Global Warming by purchasing Ocean view property in Denver today!)
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To: jaydubya2
I’ve wondered how effective those tactics are in reducing the crime, and if the police manpower may be better served elsewhere


Police are not involved until the perp shows up at the victim's house. Communicating with perverts in chat rooms is done by volunteers.
50 posted on 05/22/2007 1:21:01 PM PDT by CAWats
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