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Jane Pauley to Leave NBC After 27 Years
AP | 2/20/03

Posted on 02/20/2003 5:25:19 AM PST by kattracks

NEW YORK, Feb 20, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Jane Pauley, the co-anchor of "Dateline NBC," will be leaving NBC in June after 27 years with the network.

Her resignation was announced on Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, which she had anchored for 13 years before moving to Dateline.

Pauley decided not to renew her contract, opting instead to begin the next phase of her career, said Ann Curry, a co-anchor on the "Today" show.

The decision to leave the network was not an easy decision for Pauley but "she felt the urge to try new things," Curry said.

Details were not disclosed about Pauley's plans. A call to Pauley's office at NBC was not answered early Thursday.

Bob Wright, the chairman of NBC, called Pauley "a pioneer who has been synonymous with NBC for nearly 30 years," Curry said.



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1 posted on 02/20/2003 5:25:19 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Pauley decided not to renew her contract, opting instead to begin the next phase of her career...

Lemme guess...a new talk show with a coffee table & sofa, discussing women's issues and "world events" from a female perspective?

2 posted on 02/20/2003 5:46:22 AM PST by Fintan
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To: kattracks
do not watch nbc news, so will not miss her.
3 posted on 02/20/2003 5:53:54 AM PST by retiredtexan
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To: retiredtexan
ditto.
4 posted on 02/20/2003 5:56:16 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Pauley decided not to renew her contract, opting instead to begin the next phase of her career, said Ann Curry, a co-anchor on the "Today" show. The decision to leave the network was not an easy decision for Pauley but "she felt the urge to try new things," Curry said.

This is industry code for "The network gave her the boot because she's too old."

5 posted on 02/20/2003 6:09:06 AM PST by Sloth (I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!)
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To: kattracks
So where's the pictures?? Jane's a classy woman!
6 posted on 02/20/2003 6:25:08 AM PST by aShepard
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To: kattracks
Jane Pauley is still *alive*!?
7 posted on 02/20/2003 6:25:38 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Sloth; All
This is industry code for "The network gave her the boot because she's too old."

"Out!, Out!, D*mned [spot, cellulite, baggier eyes, etc.,]"

I ween, the aged networks are just as ancient as "I Ween" and they must cast the "dying wood" aside!!

8 posted on 02/20/2003 6:30:06 AM PST by Lael
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To: aShepard
I was fortunate enough to sit across the aisle from her on a plane about 7 or 8 years ago. A very attractive and classy woman indeed. Replacing her with Perky was enough to make me switch to Fox News (if I'm watching the tube at all).
9 posted on 02/20/2003 6:32:14 AM PST by boknows
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To: kattracks
My favorite Jane Pauley factoid: Her name is Margaret Jane Pauley. And she's married to Garry Trudeau. So she could be called Margaret Jane Pauley Trudeau. Or Margaret Trudeau for short. Now where are the Rolling Stones?
10 posted on 02/20/2003 6:32:53 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: kattracks
I would take Jane over that that horrible Couric woman any day of the week. She's a lovely gal.
11 posted on 02/20/2003 6:37:51 AM PST by truthkeeper
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To: kattracks
And now for something entirely different on MSNBC...

Mr. Donohue...your replacement is here.

12 posted on 02/20/2003 6:40:18 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: kattracks
who?
13 posted on 02/20/2003 6:54:58 AM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: aShepard
While I don't share you enthusiasm about her or her Doonesbury hubby, here's a photo anyway . . .


14 posted on 02/20/2003 7:14:24 AM PST by geedee
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To: truthkeeper
If I were forced to watch one or the other, I would pick Pauley. She's not nasty like Couric but she's still an enemy to this country as are most liberal/socialist/communist news people. So, I say good riddance!
15 posted on 02/20/2003 7:15:38 AM PST by Patriotic Bostonian
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To: kattracks
Now if only Trudeau would retire his unfunny comic strip and move to Patagonia with his wife.
16 posted on 02/20/2003 7:16:47 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: kattracks
ditto
she is probably being groomed for radio
17 posted on 02/20/2003 7:18:24 AM PST by cactusSharp
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To: geedee
Ahh, thanks for the pic!

Her choice of husband is truly regrettable. And, his comic is just plain awful, not even fit to line a birdcage. I's a wonder that the newspapers still pay him for his syndication.

18 posted on 02/20/2003 7:30:22 AM PST by aShepard
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To: aShepard
I agree about the husband. Never thought the strip was even remotely funny, either.
19 posted on 02/20/2003 8:55:03 AM PST by truthkeeper
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To: Sloth
This is industry code for "The network gave her the boot because she's too old."

Either that, or it's industry spin for "We reached the salary cap and we sacrificed her in order to pay for Katie Couric's contract."

-PJ

20 posted on 02/20/2003 9:11:27 AM PST by Political Junkie Too
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To: truthkeeper
The Today Show "let Jane go" in about 1982, so they could bring in the "babe" Deborah Norville. Zillions of Today show fans stopped watching in protest, as Jane was everyone's "girl next door" favorite...So then they dropped Norville and brought in Katie Couric, apparently hoping people would think she had an appeal similar to Jane's. But she was no Jane! I don't think the Today Show has ever been as popular as it was before Jane and Tom left, but they hurt Jane's career too, as she never had a public identity after the Today show.... I am glad Jane is moving on to different, hopefully more fulfilling things!
21 posted on 02/20/2003 9:36:22 AM PST by Eowyn-of-Rohan
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To: kattracks
New things for Jane? Please please please...replace anything that Baba Walters is doing....
22 posted on 02/20/2003 9:42:26 AM PST by eleni121
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To: kattracks
When I used to watch Dateline, I liked Pauley. She probably is a liberal, but at least she is not like Couric.
23 posted on 02/20/2003 10:16:10 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." --Aesop)
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To: boknows
you talk politics? :)
24 posted on 02/20/2003 10:16:51 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." --Aesop)
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To: Fintan
Think she'll start her own show like that, or join Bahbwah Wahwah on her own show?
25 posted on 02/20/2003 10:19:00 AM PST by Future Snake Eater
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To: kattracks
One of the few times I ever admired Jack Welch was when he made Jane Pauley eat crow on air after GM proved NBC falsified a story on exploding pickmeup truck gas tanks. LOL! It looked like Pauley had tears in her eyes as she sucked on a bar of soap!
26 posted on 02/20/2003 10:22:00 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: geedee
Oh that Trudeau......I thought she was married to the infomercial guy...lol.
27 posted on 02/20/2003 10:25:12 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." --Aesop)
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To: Political Junkie Too
"Either that, or it's industry spin for "We reached the salary cap and we sacrificed her in order to pay for Katie Couric's contract."

Nope, but you're close. The deal is that Pauley DID reach the end of her contract - and both sides shook hands and walked away. Pauley, because she's tired of doing Doltline NBC, and NBC because the show would be just as profitable, if not more so, with someone else intro-ing the stories along with Stoned Phillips. Plus 27 years is a darned good career - not too many people work at one place that long.

When Dateline started, they needed her name. Now they don't. And she doesn't need the hassle or the money. So that's th' deal.

Michael

28 posted on 02/20/2003 10:30:39 AM PST by Wright is right!
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To: Eowyn-of-Rohan
The Today Show "let Jane go" in about 1982, so they could bring in the "babe" Deborah Norville

If I remember correctly, Bryant Gumbel was the driving force behind this. He wanted a new babe.

Between Jane and Katie, I'll take Jane. But I don't watch either.

29 posted on 02/20/2003 10:32:47 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: geedee

30 posted on 02/20/2003 10:35:18 AM PST by Dont Mention the War
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To: Eowyn-of-Rohan
The Today Show "let Jane go" in about 1982, so they could bring in the "babe" Deborah Norville.

No, it was much later than that, around 1988 or '89.

31 posted on 02/20/2003 10:36:14 AM PST by Dont Mention the War
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To: retiredtexan
Jane who?
32 posted on 02/20/2003 10:42:28 AM PST by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "General Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Yes you are right...the 80s are just a big blur to me
33 posted on 02/20/2003 12:26:48 PM PST by Eowyn-of-Rohan
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To: kattracks
Hey, after 27 years, the woman is entitled to her private life, and at least a year off! Maybe NBC is a sinking ship and she's too smart to go down with them.

Can't say the same for Botox Katie, though.

34 posted on 02/20/2003 12:27:29 PM PST by pray4liberty
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To: kattracks
"ditto"

. . .'double dittos'. . .

35 posted on 02/20/2003 12:29:08 PM PST by cricket
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To: kattracks
Just wondering and half kidding. Is her next phase being part of the liberal talk radio/TV movement to counter Rush, Sean Hannity, etc.?
36 posted on 02/20/2003 12:30:26 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: Wright is right!
Maybe Jane and Botox Katie don't get along.
37 posted on 02/20/2003 12:57:22 PM PST by pray4liberty
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To: kattracks
My favorite Pauley memory...her interview of Marilyn Quayle. It seems that Mrs. Quayle's mom used to play religious tapes when Marilyn was a little girl. Pauley kept bring this up during the interview, clearly implying that this was really a creepy thing for Marilyn's mom to have done and that it probably left Marilyn hopelesssly tainted. There was a nasty smirkiness to JP's demeanor, a real junior-high-school girl's-locker room meanness. Couldn't stand her from that day, and stopped watching. Later on, I thought she had dropped completely from sight, but I guess I haven't watched her where she landed.

Both the Trudeau's have a weird thing about the Quayles. Gary Trudeau supported the "Speedway Bomber" (in jail for injuring a family with bombs) because the jailbird claimed to have some dirt on Dan Quayle.

Later on, Trudeau used a hissing bomb to be the "icon" for Newt Gingrich. Wonder if Trudeau also has a thing for bombs? Nah, he just doesn't have enough artistic talent to actually draw Newt.

His cartoons look as if they're generated by stencils. No talent.

38 posted on 02/20/2003 1:00:52 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: rwfromkansas
Sure, why not.
39 posted on 02/20/2003 3:52:32 PM PST by boknows
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To: kattracks
Please Jane, try to become the liberal Rush. I would enjoy seeing a good crash and burn.
40 posted on 02/20/2003 9:40:53 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Fintan
Lemme guess...a new talk show with a coffee table & sofa, discussing women's issues and "world events" from a female perspective?

No doubt. And it will probably air on the Lifetime channel, or "The Victim Channel", as we like to call it.

41 posted on 02/20/2003 9:45:01 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: Pining_4_TX

"The Victim Channel", as we like to call it.
 

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

42 posted on 02/21/2003 2:40:00 AM PST by Fintan (I'm planning my Victory Garden. How about you?)
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