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Grant Tinker Remembers ‘No-Lose’ TV

May 5, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Former NBC chairman Grant Tinker remembers the days when decisions, and profits, were easy in the television business.

Before the advent of cable in the 1980s and the obsession with ratings and profits that now grips the industry, television was ``much more fun,″ Tinker said at recent festivities marking NBC’s 75th anniversary at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

``It was such a breeze to do what we did with three networks getting 90 percent of the audience every night. It was ... no-lose,″ he said.

Tinker helped build NBC into a ratings leader by sticking with shows like ``Cheers″ and ``Hill Street Blues″ for several seasons while they built their audiences.

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