Press: The Battle in Network News

CBS and NBC get new chiefs as the ratings war escalates

The departure of a top executive, even in the volatile news business, is normally a pleasant and courtly ritual marked by parting gifts and deferential staff tributes. That was not the way things went when NBC News President William Small, 55, was forced to resign two weeks ago. Reporters at NBC's Washington bureau danced in the corridors when they heard the news, singing, "Ding, dong, the witch is dead." Someone ripped the name plates from the doors of NBC Correspondents Bernard and Marvin...

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