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NBC Universal’s Profit Woes Totally Not Ben Silverman’s Fault

Probably figuring the news media would appreciate having the weekend to plan their coverage, NBC Universal announced late Friday afternoon that its 2009 second-quarter profits were down 41 percent, owing in large part to an advertising slump for NBC and a string of box-office failures for Universal. But here's the good news: None of the profit-shrinking blunders perpetrated over the past month can in any way be blamed on NBC wunderkind (and Vulture hero) Ben Silverman. Reports the Daily Beast's Kim Masters today: "[Silverman] just returned after being absent for four weeks."

Universal Sees Red [Daily Beast]