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The Wright stuff

Some executives were frustrated by GE’s lack of attention to the Internet. (Lisa Berg / NBC)
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In 2003: Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Entertainment, left, Bob Wright, chairman and CEO of NBC, center, and Jean Bertrand Levy, COO of Vivendi - Universal. (AFP / Getty Images)
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Wright’s grip began to erode at performance obsessed GE when the entertainment unit suddenly was no longer a financial stand-out. NBC Universal’s contribution to GE’s profits fell to 10% during the last two years, from 18% in 2004. (Lisa Berg / NBC)
From left: Rabbi Marvin Hier, comedian Jay Leno, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Universal Chairman and CEO Bob Wright attend the Simon Wiesenthal/Museum of Tolerance National Tribute Dinner honoring Wright on May 4, 2005. (Vince Bucci / Getty Images)
Tensions have surfaced recently over the Wright’s use of his position, and airtime on NBC, CNBC and MSNBC (the joint venture with Microsoft), to promote Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization that the Wrights established in 2005 after their grandson was diagnosed with the disease. (Wally Santana / AP)