Kurt Davis has been named Vice President, News Services for CBS News. Davis will lead CBS News’ satellite newsgathering organization, which provides news and information to 200 CBS affiliates as well as to broadcasters around the world. The appointment is effective immediately, and he will be based in New York. Davis joins CBS News after 10 years as Executive News Director Executive News Director at CBS affiliate KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas.
CBS News confirmed that its 48 Hours and 60 Minutes accounts were compromised earlier today: “We have experienced problems on Twitter accounts of #60Minutes & @48Hours; We apologize for the inconvenience; Twitter is resolving …
The new collective bargaining agreement takes effect Saturday and runs through April 2016, replacing the previous deal that was set to expire Friday. The WGA‘s East and West branches voted 159-31 to accept the new terms, which include wages …
If you care about news, then the Pew Research Center’s latest annual State Of The News Media report will make you want to cry. Providers across all platforms became “more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information put into [their] hands,” Pew’s Project for Excellence In Journalism finds. The shortcomings stood out during the election when “campaign reporters were acting primarily as megaphones, rather than as investigators, of the assertions put forward by the candidates and other political partisans.”
Even in a year with an exciting presidential election the collective audience for ABC, CBS and NBC’s evening newscasts fell 2% to 22.1M “resuming the downward trajectory of nearly three decades” after an uptick in 2011. Total audience for local TV newscasts — the nation’s #1 news source – shrank last year in all key time slots except for early morning and across stations aligned with all the networks, resuming a downward trend that seemed to have ended in 2011. Viewing of the evening newscasts that aired between 5:00 and 7:00 PM at the major network affiliates fell 7% last year. One reason: young people are tuning out. About 28% of adults under 30 regularly watched local news last year, down from 42% in 2006. Local news devoted 40% of air time to sports, weather, and traffic, up from 32% in 2005. And just 20% of the stories last year ran at least a minute, down from 31% a decade ago.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor. Rice appeared today on Face The Nation, where host Bob Shieffer announced her new CBS gig and welcomed her as a panel participant. In a statement, …
The former CNN and Fox News White House correspondent will join CBS News full time effective Sunday after contributing over the course of the Presidential campaign as part of a partnership between the news division and National Journal, where Garrett has worked. Garrett and CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley co-hosted the network’s November 2011 South Carolina Republican Primary debate that was co-sponsored by CBS News and National Journal. He also appears regularly on the revamped CBS This Morning and joined CBS News’ special coverage of the fall debates in Denver, Hempstead, and Boca Raton. As Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. He will also occasionally substitute as anchor of Face The Nation. Garrett succeeds Norah O’Donnell who segued to a co-host gig on CBS Morning Show in September.
Michael Radutzky has been named Executive Producer of CBS News’ new Creative Development unit, CBS News Chairman and 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager and CBS News President David Rhodes announced today. According to the network, the Creative Development unit’s mandate is to find innovative ways to create and distribute CBS News content across cable, broadcast and other platforms. Taking on his new job, the 60 Minutes Senior Producer will also be holding on to his position at the long running news magazine show.
James Brown has been named Special Correspondent for CBS News, it was announced today by CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. Brown will contribute original reported pieces and will appear on various CBS News broadcasts.
Brown begins his assignment this Saturday, March 3, on CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY. Brown continues in his current role as host of THE NFL TODAY, CBS Sports’ NFL pre-game studio show.
“James Brown is among the very best in our business,” said Fager. “He is a fixture at CBS Sports and will be a great addition to CBS News because of his abilities, and because he also happens to be a great human being.”
“Audiences know JB as the face of THE NFL TODAY and other sports broadcasts — what they may not know is his curiosity about the news,” said Rhodes. “His wide-ranging interests from sports to faith to community service will be great assets to CBS News and to our viewers.”
The show may come from CBS News, and recall the legacy of Edward R. Murrow, but it looks like there’s a lot of fluff ahead for the first Person To Person with co-hosts Lara Logan and Charlie Rose. Next week’s special will go inside the homes of George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, and Warren Buffett. Here’s the release:
CBS News’ iconic PERSON TO PERSON will air as a television special on Wednesday, Feb. 8 (8:00 PM, ET/PT). Meet today’s legends and newsmakers, not in public, but in private – inside their homes, inside their lives. George Clooney gives Logan and Rose a tour of his Los Angeles home, while Warren Buffett opens the door to his Omaha office, and Jon Bon Jovi welcomes PERSON TO PERSON to his magnificent home on the Navesink River in New Jersey, including his private recording studio. Actor George Clooney, billionaire Warren Buffett and rocker Jon Bon Jovi share their most prized possessions and the unforgettable stories behind them.
Nancy Lane has been named Executive Producer of CBSNews.com, it was announced today by David Rhodes, President, CBS News, and Mark Larkin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive. In this role, Lane will oversee all editorial for CBS News’ digital properties, social media and mobile apps. Her appointment is effective immediately.
“Nancy’s long experience managing a global news organization will help us deliver original reporting from CBS News across all digital media,” said Rhodes. “Early in our discussions about this role, Jeff Fager and I became convinced that Nancy shared our editorial values and could be a tremendous asset in this growing area.” Fager is the Chairman of CBS News and Executive Producer of 60 MINUTES.
Wynton Marsalis, internationally acclaimed musician, composer and educator, has been named Cultural Correspondent for CBS. It was announced today by CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. In this role, Marsalis will provide insight into a broad range of cultural and educational developments on CBS THIS MORNING and CBS SUNDAY MORNING. His first CBS News appearance will be on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, as the nation observes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
You can forget the cigarette. But we’ll see whether Charlie Rose or Lara Logan pay homage to Edward R. Murrow’s famous interview series by showing up in Seville Row tailored suits — and ending each broadcast with “Good night, and good luck.” CBS says that the new show will hearken back to the original by taking viewers into the homes of notable people, and frequently letting them lead the discussion. Here’s the release:
CBS News will revive its iconic franchise, PERSON TO PERSON, it was announced today by CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. The broadcast, based on the ground-breaking interview series created by news legend Edward R. Murrow, will begin Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 (8:00 PM ET/PT). CBS THIS MORNING co-host Charlie Rose and CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and 60 MINUTES Correspondent Lara Logan have been named co-hosts of the series. In addition to her duties as Executive Producer of 48 HOURS MYSTERY and Special Projects, Susan Zirinsky will serve as Executive Producer, as will Judy Tygard, Senior Producer of 48 HOURS and Special Projects.
The network is giving the former regular on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart a title that’s usually reserved for journalists. But the release tries to make it clear that CBS hasn’t forgotten the distinction between fake news and the real thing:
Mo Rocca has been named Correspondent, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, CBS News announced today. Known for his satirical news reports and commentary, Rocca has been serving as a contributor for the broadcast since 2006, and in his new capacity will continue reporting for SUNDAY MORNING, as well as other CBS News broadcasts.
“His title is Correspondent, but we see Mo, as we see all our SUNDAY MORNING contributors, as a ‘columnist,’ bringing his own unique – and it is unique – perspective to everything he does,” commented SUNDAY MORNING Executive Producer Rand Morrison.
CBS made it official today that it will launch a new morning program hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and current Early Show co-host Erica Hill. It will debut January 9, 2012 and run weekdays from 7-9 AM. CBS News’ VP Programming Chris Licht will executive produce. There’s still no word on whether it is keeping its The Early Show name, but the new incarnation is departing its current digs at the General Motors Building for a new studio on the ground floor of the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan.
CBS News will redefine the morning landscape with the debut of a new morning program, announced CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. The broadcast, which will launch on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, will air from 7:00-9:00 AM and will be hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill. Chris Licht has been named Executive Producer of the new broadcast. He will continue as Vice President, Programming, overseeing CBS News broadcasts and the development of new opportunities across all platforms. John Miller will join the broadcast as Senior Correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis will serve as Business and Economics Correspondent and Jeff Glor will serve as Special Correspondent.
John Miller has been named a Senior Correspondent for CBS News, it was announced today by Jeff Fager, Chairman, CBS News and Executive Producer, 60 MINUTES and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. Miller will have a major role in the mornings on CBS News. He will report for all CBS News platforms and broadcasts, including occasionally for 60 MINUTES.
Lee Cowan will return to CBS News as National Correspondent, CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, President, CBS News, announced today. Cowan will contribute to CBS News broadcasts and platforms across the division and he will be a substitute anchor for CBS SUNDAY MORNING. He will be based in Los Angeles. His appointment is effective November 1.