CBS News is the news division of television network CBS, a division of CBS Corp. Jeff Fager is the chairman of the division and is also the executive producer of “60 Minutes.” David Rhodes is the president of CBS News. Other programs include “CBS This Morning,” the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” CBS News “Sunday Morning,” “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” and “48 Hours.”
Two primetime Fox Newsers turned up in late night last night.
In a coincidental booking, Megyn Kelly was on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, while Bill O’Reilly dropped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC. Both Kelly and O’Reilly were first time guests on Kimmel and Meyers, respectively.
With Meyers, O’Reilly talked politics, specifically Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and O’Reilly declared victory in the war on Christmas. With Letterman, Brokaw talked about his Presidential Medal of Freedom honor, his new NBC Sports Network show and his health: “Things are going along as well as they possibly could be. And I’m at a stage now where I really worry about other cancer patients because I’m on a good track.”
With Kimmel, Kelly talked about her experience at the White House Christmas party Tuesday night. “Is there a separate section for Fox News,” Kimmel joked. “You mean somewhere other than outside in the rain?,” Kelly said, adding, “Boy or boy, did I see a lot of MSNBC anchors. I think they got a few more invitations than we got.” WATCH: Read more
They gambled, and it paid off. On the day President Obama announced he would move forward with talks aimed at normalizing relations with Cuba, “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley stunned many observers when he appeared–looking crisp in a suit and tie–in Havana, the only evening news anchor on the island Wednesday night. “Everyone is so happy here,” said one CBS News insider about the hectic hours of work by dozens of “Evening News” staffers to make that liveshot happen.
On air, Pelley may have made it look effortless, but it wasn’t. Not at all. The decision to go for it was made shortly after the Cuba story broke. CBS execs decided it was worth the risk of having Pelley absent from the newscast on a major news day–Norah O’Donnell was slated to fill-in on the anchor desk in New York–for the chance to make a bold statement by having Pelley in place in Cuba.
Pelley started the day in Washington, where he attended last night’s White House media holiday party. Once the decision was made, Pelley and his team scrambled and headed directly to the airport.
In New York and Havana, producers, coordinators and fixers worked through the day to make sure that if Pelley’s travel went as hoped–entering the country is hardly without unexpected problems–there would be a live location waiting for him. The best case scenario was that Pelley would land, drive to the camera, mic up and go live.
Bob Schieffer says he’s not only “stunned” by the news that the U.S. is normalizing relations with Cuba, but by the fact that no news organization saw it coming.
“I’m as stunned as everybody else is around here,” said Schieffer during CBS’s special report. “Washington is not good at keeping secrets, but this is a secret that obviously held. The few people who knew this was going on certainly held it to themselves and it did not leak.”
“I came of age when Fidel Castro was the enemy,” said Schieffer who’s been with the network since 1969. His first big story came at the age of 26, as reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, covering the assassination of Pres. Kennedy.
“This is just a bombshell. I’ve never seen something quite as unexpected as this happen in a long, long time around here,” said Schieffer.
Richard C. Hottelet, the last living member of Edward R. Murrow‘s team known as “Murrow’s Boys,” has died. Hottelet, who spent 40 years at CBS News radio and TV, died this morning at home in Wilton, Ct. He was 97.
In 1957, after years of war and post-war reporting, Hottelet anchored a 15-minute daily newscast for CBS called “Richard C. Hottelet with the News.”
“Richard C. Hottelet was the ultimate CBS News reporter,” said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “He was one of the true gentleman reporters, a real ‘Murrow boy,’ an elegant combination of reporter and storyteller.” From the CBS News obituary:
Hottelet was the last to join the team when he presented himself to Murrow in London and was hired in January 1944 to help report the imminent Allied invasion of Europe. His first war reports for CBS were from the air; he is believed to have made the first recording for broadcast on a warplane while flying on a bombing mission over France in the spring of 1944. On D-Day, Hottelet was in a bomber again, this one attacked German defenses on Utah Beach and returned to London safely in time for him to broadcast the first eyewitness report of the Allied invasion. Read more
CBS’ “60 Minutes” and PBS’ “Frontline” have a lot in common. Both have deep and distinguished roots in traditional media–your Mom, for instance, will know both brands, while Vice may still be a bit of a mystery–and both have been doing capital-J journalism on television in a style that has resisted flash and fluff for decades.
So it might seem natural that “Frontline” has hired two “60 Minutes” veterans, James Jacoby, who spent four years as a producer at “60 Minutes”, Anya Bourg, who produced at “60 Minutes” for eight years. But Bourg and Jacoby won’t be working on traditional TV stories–they’re part of a major push to expand the venerable “Frontline” brand beyond old-school TV. “They will strengthen Frontline’s presence and identity as a digital newsroom,” said Raney Aronson-Rath, deputy executive producer for “Frontline”–and it’s probably wise to think of “Frontline” the way its own journalists do–as a news organization, and not just a show.
Bob Orr, the Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News, is retiring from the network in February.
Orr, who joined CBS News in 1993, covers law enforcement issues ranging from global and domestic terror to school shootings to organized crime. “Please join me in congratulating Bob on his extraordinary career at CBS and in broadcast journalism and on his well-earned retirement,” writes DC bureau chief Chris Isham in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.
Before CBS, Orr was a reporter and anchor for WBNS-TV, in Columbus, OH and WCAU in Philadelphia. He began his career at WTRF in Wheeling, WV.
Isham’s full note after the jump…
“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley‘s old enough to have grown up in a world where CBS News was a titanic force, looming over the horizon. Today, CBS fights for its share of an ever-expanding audience, not just against ABC and NBC, but also CNN, Fox, and a myriad of digital news operations like BuzzFeed and Vice and Fusion. And he’s worried. “What I would like to see in journalism today is a renaissance that spreads to the Internet — what many consider to be old-fashioned journalistic values.”
In an interview with AM New York, Pelley says the seemingly limitless supply of information available to consumers carries a risk–the difficulty of knowing whom to trust. He argues the internet needs some of the same old school values that were taught in newspaper and TV newsrooms:
Those values are not common on the Internet. They are common among major newspapers, they are common among major television networks, etc., but they need to become the ruling principles of what we’re reading on the Internet. It’s never going to be perfect, it’s never going to be pervasive, but I think we’re at an inflection point here in journalism and in media now where we’re making a decision about the quality of our country going forward because of the quality of the information that we’re offering our audience. It worries me a great deal, and I’m often on my bandwagon banging the drum, particularly with young people who are interested in journalism because we need them, but we need them to be good.
Martha Teichner’s first report for CBS News was back on Nov. 8, 1977 with legendary newser Walter Cronkite sitting at the anchor desk. Teichner interviewed survivors of a collapsed damn which killed 38 people at a religious college in Georgia.
It all came full circle 37 years later when Teichner visited The Library of Congress’ National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, the world’s largest collection of moving images, while reporting a piece for this week’s “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.” Check out what she found…
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