Date: 1st September 2000

Win A Nomination, Lose A Show

Geraldo Rivera has told the Washington Post that he will decide by Thanksgiving whether he will run for mayor of New York, adding "It's a dream I've had for basically my entire adult life." A formal announcement would trigger the equal-time provision of the Communications Act and force him to leave his current daily CNBC talk show, Rivera Live, and his other NBC projects (he fronts an NBC special on the death penalty on Sunday) until after the mayoral election. CNBC exec Paul Capelli told the Post that "There would be some point at which it would no longer be appropriate" for Rivera to remain on the channel as even a potential candidate, but, he added, "we're not at the point where we need to make that decision."

Source: Studio Briefing