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Marketplace PM for October 19, 2006
Oct 19, 2006

Marketplace PM for October 19, 2006

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Feathers flying at NBC

Oct 19, 2006
NBC Universal will cut 700 jobs and slash around $750 million in operating expenses before the end of next year. Sluggish ad sales and viewership are to blame, Amy Scott reports.

Trusting the e-vote

Oct 19, 2006
Many states have switched to new paperless electronic voting systems, but some officials are worried about unforeseen technical glitches. Janet Babin reports.

DIY Super Bowl commercials

Oct 19, 2006
A few big companies are planning to show user-generated commercials during Super Bowl XLI. Host Kai Ryssdal asks business of sports analyst Ed Derse about the latest trend in the advertising world.

Six degrees of options backdating?

Oct 19, 2006
A sizable number of companies that have been backdating stock options share common board members, according to a recent study. The SEC is looking into the possibility that they helped spread the practice. John Dimsdale reports.

We want your vote — and we'll pay for it

Oct 19, 2006
In all likelihood, a campaign office somewhere has an electronic file with your personal voting and spending habits as political consultants take a page from the marketing pros' handbook. Scott Tong looks at how they get all that info.

Race sells . . . doesn't it?

Oct 19, 2006
CBS's hit show "Survivor" began this season with teams split by race. The division didn't last long once the controversy spooked advertisers — and Youth Radio's Jordon Monroe says that's a shame.

Oil money divides a village

Oct 19, 2006
Oil giant BP recently opened a new pipeline from Azerbaijan to Turkey. Some residents of one Azeri village received hundreds of thousands of dollars to compensate for lost land, but is the town better off? Kelly McEvers has the story.

A history of oil problems

Oct 19, 2006
Gas prices could be on the rise again if OPEC follows through with production cuts, but things could be worse. Stacey Vanek-Smith takes us back to this week in 1973 for the OPEC oil embargo.