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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.”

’60 Minutes’ Apologizes for Audio Editing in Tesla Report

TeslaSound“60 Minutes” has apologized for an editing error in Scott Pelley‘s feature on Tesla founder Elon Musk Sunday night.

As an electric car, the Tesla Model S doesn’t make a typical engine noise, so the editor added some sound for effect. Many of the 14 million viewers, including auto blog Jalopnik, picked up on it: “It sounds like they recorded a motorcycle engine and used it to spice up the car footage. Whatever it is, it’s not the sound of a Tesla,” Jalopnik’s Robert Sorokanich noticed.

A “60 Minutes” spokesperson explains: “Our video editor made an audio editing error in our report about Elon Musk and Tesla. We regret the error and it is being corrected online.”

14.30 million viewers watched “60 Minutes” Sunday night, making it the 4th most-watched show of the week.

Terrell Brown Exits CBS News

terrell brownTerrell Brown has left CBS News, TVNewser has learned. Brown’s last day at CBS was Friday.

Brown, a New York-based correspondent, joined CBS News in 2009. During his five years at the network, he served as a fill-in anchor for early-morning newscasts “Up to the Minute” and “CBS Morning News.”

We hear Brown is headed to Chicago as an anchor for one of the local stations. >Update: Brown is joining WLS, the ABC-owned station in Chicago, as a general assignment reporter and contributing anchor.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Draws More Than 6 Million Viewers

Osgood“CBS Sunday Morning” had 6.09 million viewers last week, the ninth time this season the show has crossed the six million viewer mark. The show delivered a 1.6/08 in the A25-54 demographic.

Season-to-date, the show is up +6% in viewers and flat in the demo. The show also grew compared to the same day last year, up +14% in viewers and +7% in the demo.

CBS’ Sunday public affairs show, “Face the Nation,” undoubtedly benefited from the strong “Sunday Morning” lead-in: “Face” took the top spot in both ratings measurements on March 23.

NBC News Airs Special Report on Pres. Obama, Pope Francis Meeting

PopeObamaNBC News was the only broadcast news network to provide a network special report of President Obama’s first meeting with Pope Francis this morning.

Matt Lauer broke in at 5:13amET as the president arrived at the Vatican, with correspondent Anne Thompson alongside him in New York and White House Correspondent Peter Alexander reporting from Vatican City.

Many local stations in the eastern and central time zones carried the live pictures as the president and pope shook hands and sat down for what would be a :50 minute meeting.

“Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning each led with the historic meeting. Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reported from Vatican City for ABC, while Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reported live from Vatican City for CBS.

What Are Morley Safer’s Favorite Cartoons?

After taking viewers inside the process of how The New Yorker selects its cartoons on last night’s “60 Minutes,” Morley Safer shared some of his favorite cartoons from the magazine over the years in “60 Minutes Overtime.”

One of his proudest moments was being part of one of the cartoons, Safer says. “It’s a commentary on the fact that HD television will pick out every small fault in your clothes, in your face, in whatever,” he said, showing a cartoon of a family watching him on TV, debating “what that thing on Morley Safer’s neck is.”

Sharyl Attkisson Not Surprised by Cooperation Between Reporters and White House

SHARYL-ATTKISSON-DOJ-facebookFresh off her departure from CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson chimed in on the story of local CBS affiliate anchor Catherine Anaya who’s come under fire for saying that White House correspondents submit their questions to the press secretary before briefings. Anaya has since retracted the reporting and apologized for it.

Still, Attkisson, a veteran of the Washington beat tells Philadelphia radio station WPHT, “I wouldn’t be surprised if sometimes there is that sort of level of cooperation with some questions that want to be asked.” Attkisson says when she couldn’t get answers from the White House, she’d redirect her questions to CBS’ White House correspondent, who would then ask White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Carney, she says, whould instruct the correspondent to ask the question at the White House briefing.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s sometimes more coordination,” she continued. “It’s almost as if we’re all in the same type of club, and we’re supposed to protect each other a little bit,” Attkisson continued, citing an example from a few years ago, when she got blowback for publicly sharing that a White House official screamed at her when she inquired about the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal.

Attkisson also opened up about her resignation.

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‘CBS Evening News’ EP Pat Shevlin Stepping Down

ShevlinCBSPolitico’s Dylan Byers reports Pat Shevlin is stepping down from “CBS Evening News” just shy of three years as Executive Producer of the show. Byers reports Shevlin sent a memo to her colleagues announcing the move. Shevlin, who has been with CBS News since 1973, is expected to stay with the network.

Shevlin has been EP since June 2011, when Scott Pelley took over as anchor. The show, which remains in third place among the evening newscasts, has seen ratings growth under her tenure, and has won three Emmys.

Asia bureau chief Marsha Cooke recently returned to New York and is likely to take over as EP. Sonya McNair, senior vice president for communications for CBS News, declined to comment on the changes.

Which Network News Correspondent Was Also An Irish Step Dance Champ?

BrennanDanceCorn beef, cabbage, parades and pints, just a few of the things that mark St. Patrick’s Day. And here’s one more: Irish step dance. Steeped in Irish tradition, it’s actually become a year-round thing, with competitions held from coast-to-coast.

And did you know CBS’s own Margaret Brennan was a teenage step dance champ? ‘Tis true. Brennan, CBS’s State Department correspondent, told us so on “CBS Sunday Morning” yesterday.

And showcasing her versatility as a reporter, following her jig on “Sunday Morning,” Brennan two-stepped on to “Face the Nation” where she reported live with breaking news on the situation in Crimea. The “Sunday Morning” story after the jump…

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Newsmagazines Dominate Saturday Night on Broadcast TV

2020SaturdayThe news divisions of the big three broadcasters dominated prime time last night. “20/20″ at 10pmET/PT was the night’s No. 1 show drawing 5.51 million viewers, and a 1.1 A18-49 rating, more than doubling CBS’s “48 Hours” in viewers and in the demo. The CBS newsmag was delayed by 30 minutes due to sports overrun, so the overnight numbers are based on viewing from 10:30-11pmET/9:30-10pmCT.

“20/20″ featured a Barbara Walters and Brian Ross exclusive investigation of the mystery of Paul Fronczak, the Chicago baby stolen almost 50 years ago.

Now in its second week, “Dateline’s” return to Saturday night gave NBC a win from 8-10pmET/PT. The 2-hour “Dateline” was the No. 2 show of the night drawing 5.35 million viewers, and a 0.8 in the A18-49 demo.

“Nightline Prime,” which debuted in the 9pmET/PT timeslot on ABC drew 3.07 million viewers. That’s ABC’s biggest audience in the time period since Dec. 28, 2013.

On Friday, “20/20″ drew 7.13 million viewers, No. 2 in the 10pmET/PT timeslot in viewers, and No.1 in the A18-49 demo.. “Dateline” drew 6.39 million, No. 2 in its 8pmET/PT timeslot.

White House Happy with Results of Pres. Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Appearance

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President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says it wasn’t hard to persuade the president to take part in Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns,” a web series that’s an homage to old, bad local TV and cable access talk shows.

“No, it wasn’t hard to get him to participate. And yes, so far it has been overwhelmingly successful,” Jarrett said on “CBS This Morning.” “I was checking how many hits were on the site last night when I went to bed. It was 10 million, which I’m sure breaks all kinds of record. But more importantly than that, the traffic on [healthcare.gov] has gone up 40% between yesterday and today, and that was the goal.”

The “Today” show featured the segment from the Orange Room Tuesday morning, while on his show last night, Bill O’Reilly took issue with the timing of the President’s appearance. “Abe Lincoln would not have done it.” All three videos after the jump…

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