As we continue to review the voluminous sales package provided by our source, NBC/MSNBC are offering a vast array of options, from special, highlighted news item mentions, to by-the-hour tributes, to multiple day, 24/7 broadcasting, complete with NBC/MSNBC, and CNBC on-air talent.
“This is extremely ambitious,” offered Bruno Anthony, editor of “The Final Close-Up”, an on-line newsletter that tracks the amount of time television news programs allot to the death of prominent persons. “This has never been done before … Proactively selling airtime for this purpose … For death …”
“It’s one thing if the deceased is already in the news, a prominent politician, businessman, or, celebrity,” continued Anthony. “But this can open up serious ethical and standards questions … Like, if you don’t pay, will NBC not report your death?”
Pricing is steep, ranging from high-five-and-six-figures, and significantly higher.
One package, the top, or Gold Plan, is the most expensive.
The Gold Plan is available only to those person who have been interviewed, on-air, by the late Tim Russert.
This is a multiple-day tribute package, with the Russert interview of the deceased customer being broadcast in primetime.
And to protect the exclusivity of this Gold Plan, NBC/MSNBC, as they continue, into the 4th day now, their “Remembering Tim Russert”, will only broadcast B-Roll of Russert interviewing colleagues, or making appearances on the various NBC or MSNBC programs.
Additionally, throughout the sales package, upselling of combo-talent, having multiple NBC/MSNBC persons waxing on about the deceased, is encouraged.
As to non-NBC/MSNBC on-air talent, the talking heads, those are priced ala carte, and subject to availability.
Of those mentioned in the sales package, included Mike Barnicle, Lawrence O’Donnell, Bob Shrum, Al Hunt, Hillary Rosen, Eugene Robinson, Rachel Maddow, and a host of others, with the deceased having to provide scripts of what they want discussed, or how the pundits should describe the dead customer.
Former MSNBC on-air talent Rita Cosby is not offered in any of the Eulogy Packages, however, MSNBC will provide contact information for the deceased purchasing a plan to negotiate with Cosby directly.
Special Doc Blocks are also available, with pricing noted as TBD.
The NBC/MSNBC sales package also notes that all costs reflect in-studio work only.
The deceased purchasing any of the Eulogy Package plans will incur additional costs if they wish to have on-site events included, such as funerals, memorial services, hospital watches, and candlelight vigils.
Protesters can also be included for an additional fee.
One whimsical offering comes with the ‘Today’ Program.
As with most of the Eulogy Packages, for an additional fee, the deceased’s burial location can be included as a stop, in the Today program’s feature, “Where In The World Is Matt Lauer”, with the ‘Today’ program of that day being build around the deceased package purchaser.
Anthony sees this as a heavy push for NBC/MSNBC, with a “striking while the iron is hot” mentality.
“It could be big, they can see the dollar signs adding up,” says Anthony.
“And, you’re likely to see them continuing to roll out “Remembering Tim Russert” programming… That’s their biggest sales tool … This will go on for days … Probably, weeks … ”
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