Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Dateline's To Catch a Predator cancelled?

Entertainment: There is potential big news in this piece about ABC trying to take a shot at Dateline's successful series.

"Dateline" has been the subject of several scathing profiles, including those in Rolling Stone and the current issue of Esquire, which portrayed Myrick as a weak leader eager to please "Dateline" producers and who kept for his own use an SUV seized in the stings.

While the show is a ratings winner, advertisers have long expressed misgivings about it, and NBC News said no episodes are scheduled after September.

It's highly unusual for network news operations to take on one another. "20/20" and "Dateline" could be considered competitors.

NBC News declined to comment on the "20/20" story.

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