TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

2006: Bye Dan, Hello Katie: Ushering In “A Whole New CBS News”



> Dec. 25: Broadcasting pioneer Frank Stanton dies

> Dec. 22: Couric devotes half the Evening News to an interview with the Mt. Hood widow; some viewers are not happy

> Dec. 14: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta becomes CBS contributor

> Dec. 11: In November, Couric averaged 169,000 less viewers than Schieffer a year ago

> Dec. 8: CBS revives Person to Person

> Dec. 7: Mitchell is named news anchor for The Early Show

> Dec. 6: Cooper gets his first piece on 60 Min.

> Dec. 5: Friedman is creating “more delineated roles” for Early Show hosts

> Dec. 5: Rene Syler is leaving CBS; she was told Early was “moving in another direction”

> Dec. 4: CBS is up 11 percent in the demo, and that’s “enough to pay Katie’s salary”

> Dec. 4: CBS says the Evening News is being tweaked; “we’re adjusting,” McManus says

> Nov. 28: CBS hires CNN tech whiz Daniel Sieberg

> Nov. 20: McManus says Bradley is irreplaceable; family holds memorial service

> Nov. 14: Rather comments on Couric: “They’re trying to do the Today Show in the evening”

> Nov. 9: Ed Bradley, a “reporter’s reporter” and a “gentle giant,” dies

> Oct. 31: Dave Price re-ups with The Early Show; will he replace Bob Barker?

> Oct. 30: The Early Show gets a new look

> Oct. 24: CBS gets slammed for choosing “lifestyle features” over hard news; days later, the Evening News runs Couric’s long interview with Michael J. Fox

> Oct. 24: The critics come out: “There is no urgency to this broadcast, no bite, no edge and — for the most part — no personality”

> Oct. 18: CBS Evening News gets stuck in third place; lower than Schieffer’s ratings; the net blames low-rated lead-ins

> Oct. 4: freeSpeech ruffles feathers again, when the father of a Columbine victim declares that “this country is in a moral free fall;” by the end of the month, the segment starts to fade away

> Sep. 16: The first freeSpeech flare-up: Bill Maher says he wasn’t free to speak, but CBS denies it

> Sep. 12: Andrew Tyndall says Couric’s EN has less hard news

> Sep. 11: Robert Klug becomes director of 60 Minutes

> Sep. 6: Couric #1 on day one, two, and three; back to third place on Friday; archive of TVNewser coverage

> Sep. 5: She’s on: from Taliban to Suri; with a “plain-spoken” style; call it “30 Minutes”

> Sep. 4: Bracing for Couric’s premiere: CBS expects “big tune-in,” followed by “some drop-off;” the new Evening News is emblematic of “a whole new CBS”

> Aug. 31: Schieffer signs off; Couric says hello; he awkwardly half-hugs McManus

> Aug. 29: Schieffer is at CBS through 2008

> Aug. 24: Walter Cronkite voices the open for Couric’s Evening News

> Aug. 22: A federal judge orders a probe of a leak to CBS

> Aug. 9: Technically in retirement, Wallace interviews “impressive” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran; C-SPAN airs unedited interview

> Aug. 9: Molly Levinson becomes political director

> Aug. 8: Barbara Fedida Brill becomes talent director

> Aug. 7: CBS fires Elizabeth Kaledin and hires Dr. Jonathan LaPook; Kaledin is “heartbroken”

> Aug. 3: CBS announces “freeSpeech”

> Aug. 3: Dozier leaves the hospital; “it’s not pretty, but I’m walking on my own,” she says

> Aug. 2: James Horner creates the new CBS News score

> Jul. 14: Former Dateliner Marc Rosenwasser becomes Evening News senior producer

ratherjan1.jpg > Jul. 10: ‘Dan Rather Reports’ will be on HDNet; he promises “independent journalism”

> Jun. 20: “I will do the work I love elsewhere,” Rather says

> Jun. 20: “Dan Rather will leave CBS News;” McManus never met with him; the anger is evident
> Jun. 16: Couric producer Bob Peterson to oversee “look” of CBS broadcasts

> Jun. 15: Rather would like to stay, but CBS is “trying to embarrass him” out the door

> Jun. 1: Dozier “has a very tough and long road ahead of her;” a soldier gives her his purple heart

> May 29: CBS News convoy hits roadside bomb in Iraq; Paul Douglas and James Brolan are killed, Kimberly Dozier is critically injured; archive of TVNewser coverage

> May 23: Are Dan Rather and CBS about to part ways? The rumors get louder

> May 17: Moonves touts 60 Minutes: “We’ve reduced the average age from 85 to 82″

> May 16: For one week, CBS Evening News beats ABC

> May 8: Anderson Cooper cuts deal to contribute to 60 Minutes

> Apr. 25: Paul Friedman becomes #2 at CBS

> Apr. 11: Jennifer Siebens becomes London bureau chief; other bureau changes

> Apr. 11: Black producer files racial discrimination suit

> Apr. 3: Russ Mitchell becomes anchor of Sunday’s Evening News

> Mar. 28: Thanks to Schieffer, the CBS Evening News gains half a million viewers in one quarter

> Mar. 27: Steve Friedman becomes the CBS morning VP

> Mar. 14: Mike Wallace is (mostly) retiring; an “era is coming to a close;” maybe he wasn’t pushed, but he was nudged

> Mar. 9: Bob Schieffer‘s one-year anniversary on EN

> Feb. 15: Armen Keteyian becomes chief investigative correspondent

> Feb. 10: Steve Hartman starts “Assignment America”

> Feb. 2: Promotions for Jim Axelrod, Byron Pitts, and Lara Logan

> Jan. 18: McManus wants to groom a bench of correspondents

> Jan. 18: Sean McManus wants an outsider to anchor the Evening News; he rules out John Roberts

> Jan. 11: Sumner Redstone would love to buy CNN

> Jan. 9: Rome Hartman‘s first day as Evening News EP

> Jan. 7: Positive press: “CBS News is rebounding”

Mediabistro Course

Mediabistro Job Fair

Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on January 27 at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media companies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!