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More on why NBCU's Jeff Zucker sees it as a cable company

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March 29th, 2009

from a TV Week profile on Jeff Gaspin, president and chief operating officer of the Universal Television Group:

In other words, Ms. Hammer and Ms. Zalaznick get to have all the fun, while Mr. Gaspin takes care of the more "boring" stuff. Like counting the $2 billion in operating profits his division brought in last year, a sum that neatly summarizes why NBC Universal Chief Executive Officer Jeff Zucker is so fond of calling the Peacock a cable-driven company every chance he gets.

"We're going to have our best first quarter ever-ratings, profits, everything," Mr. Gaspin said, referring to the cable portion of his empire. "Season-to-date, cable as a group is up 6%; we're up 12%. ... If these channels weren't as successful as they are, I'd have to get involved more. But I'd be stupid if I spent my time telling them what they're doing wrong, because they're not doing much wrong.

 
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