That's January 1976 that this snippet from my Compton's 1977 Yearbook is talking about.
All this time later, it still makes me smile.
Wikipedia adds these details: In February 1976, NBC was sued by the Nebraska ETV Network, Nebraska's chain of PBS affiliates, for trademark infringement, since the new NBC logo was virtually identical to the Nebraska ETV Network logo, except in the coloring. An out-of-court settlement was reached in which NBC gave Nebraska ETV Network new equipment and a mobile color unit, valued at over $800,000, in exchange for allowing NBC to retain their logo. In addition, NBC paid $55,000 to Nebraska ETV to cover the cost of designing and implementing a new logo.
In 1979 this N was pretty much hidden behind NBC's peacock. It seems to have disappeared entirely in 1986.
They say truth is stranger than fiction. All I know is that it sure is funnier.
Or maybe I'm just easily amused.