NBC Fires "What's the Internet" Leaker

NBC has fired the source of the recently leaked "Today Show" footage that showed then (1993) Today Show anchors Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, and Elizabeth Vargas asking "What is the Internet? Then, the Internet wasn't something we couldn't live without, and thus, the hosts' confusion over it was understandable.

The video was originally off-air footage, though NBC did air it at one point and had a laugh about it. Thus, it wasn't really a "leak," but according to what NBC said, it's not just that the network doesn't have a sense of humor. Rather, it seems the source had a history of doing this sort of thing. NBC's official statement is:
“The individual in question violated the company’s standards of conduct by repeatedly copying and distributing a variety of materials without permission.”
While some are blasting NBC over the issue, the video was NBC's intellectual property, and whoever the poster was, he obviously didn't have permission to post it. Thus, they were well within their rights to terminate him.  Also, since he was apparently a repeat offender, it was even more egregious that he continued to leak content.

That said, it was still hilarious, and let's take another look at it.

Via:  MediaMemo
Tags:  Internet, NBC, Today Show
FreeJet 3 years ago


CDeeter 3 years ago

A Gumbel is an out-dated, obsolete form of news anchor, who's main talent was appearing intelligent while being fed dialog through an earpiece. Or possibly something you get from a southern lady of a certain age!  Wink

AKwyn 3 years ago

It's a shame when they have to let perfectly talented people go just because they leaked a Today video from 1995 showing their visible confusion over the internet. Companies should really be leniant in these types of things but alas, they're not.

I hope he gets another job soon, I'm sure his job experience at NBC will be enough to bolster his resume.

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

Bummer!! Shame on NBC...I hope someone does an Interview to the fella, hear his side of the story.

Joel H 3 years ago

This makes precious little sense as far as I'm concerned. NBC might have had legal recourse to fire the guy, but it's not as if he leaked footage of Gumbel whizzing on one of the show's couches during a commercial break. You'd think these people would've heard of the Streisand effect.

3vi1 3 years ago

Joel - My guess is that NBC didn't just decide to fire him. I'll bet lawyers from Couric and Gumbel sent letters demanding action.

I totally agree with you: The Streisand effect is going to make them sorry they ever did that.

rapid1 3 years ago

Well you know who now own's NBC commiecast. So it is expected really. However; as they also said he was a repeat offender with this type of thing, so they could also be warranted in it I guess. This video though really showed nothing negative as I am positive at that time 80% of the US populace most likely new about as much as they did if not less. So all in all it seems stupid, but what'll ya do, right!

inspector 3 years ago

Well, i had a laugh and thats all i care for :P

kid007 3 years ago

I will love to see his resume, "I got fired because i wanted to be funnier than anyone else"

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