Scott McKain, an adviser to many on how to more effectively run a business, just did a great article on how NBC screwed up with this Leno at 10 problem.
What Scott doesn’t point out in his advice is that the change is not always necessary for the good of the company. In this case, Conan was getting his butt kicked by the more experienced (and more entertaining) Letterman.
Scott’s article is excellent. Jump over and read it. Here is some of his advice:
1) Don’t EVER make the assumption that ANY productive employee is ready to be put out to pasture. We work for many reasons, and only ONE of them is money. Zucker’s assumption that Leno was wealthy enough and would want to ride off in the sunset started the disastrous chain of events.
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Why is it that every President in the modern age of media has been able to convince the media to not talk about their children but it is okay for the media to talk about the children of a Vice President contender, Sarah Palin? David seems to be confused with the 14-year old daughter and th 18-year old daughter.
I am happy to see that even Bob Lefsetz appears to agree with me that Conan is boring and NBC will need to do something to save this great show. I really liked this quote on Lefsetz Letter:
If NBC were smart, it would immediately pay off Conan and reinstall Jay at 11:35. But it won’t, it’d rather lose the franchise and blame it on something other than its ineptitude. Just like the record business!
It appears that I am not the only one that thinks that Conan is boring. Letterman took over the top spot in ratings last week when he had Julia Roberts as his guest and Conan had Eddie Murphy.
Conan’s market share has dropped 56% since he took over on the first of June.
Looks like it is time to start looking for a replacement to the very boring Conan.
On Monday, Conan O’Brien was given the keys to one of the best jobs in television. The Tonight Show has been going strong since 1954 and is one of the longest running shows ever. It was first hosted by Steve Allen, then Jack Parr (very shortly), followed by the masterful Johnny Carson, and finally Jay Leno. The producers should have left the show with people that have a first name beginning with “J” since Conan simply doesn’t have what it takes.
It is interesting that Conan took the job over from Leno where he comes from taking the David Letterman vacated show. Letterman was upset that he didn’t take over for Carson and left to form a show on a rival network. Leno and Letterman have been battling for the entire time and Leno consistently won. Now it appears that Letterman will easily have the upper hand since there is no way the very un-funny O’Brien can compete.
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For the past decade or two, Ronald Wilson Reagan set the standard as “The Great Communicator” while he was President of the United States. There is no question that he excelled over the many bumblings of George Walker Bush as David Letterman has so aptly recorded for us!
However, it is already clear that President Barack Hussein Obama is going to take the mantle of the Great Communicator if he hasn’t already done so.
Here are some of his accomplishments so far:
Congratulations to BHO and his staff on all of this. I am sure that it has been quite difficult! Our government has never been the center of excellence for the use of technology. Clinton’s team was extremely frustrated at the lack of technology when they moved into the building.
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