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TV News Goes All In on Torture Report Coverage

BrennanCIAThe Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on CIA torture practices has been dominating news media since it was released. On the heels of massive cable and evening news coverage Tuesday, the reporting isn’t slowing down on the 525 page public summation of the still-confidential 6,000 page report.

CIA Director John Brennan’s news conference was live on all the cable news channels this afternoon. NBC even aired a special report anchored by Lester Holt.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is making the rounds. On FNC’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Cheney called the report “full of crap,” and a “terrible piece of work.” Cheney will join Chuck Todd in-studio on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

An interesting tidbit about Brennan’s presser is that cameras didn’t show which reporters were asking questions because clandestine members of the CIA were in attendance.

‘CBS Evening News’ Gives Torture Report 11 Minutes as CIA Story Dominates Newscasts

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 8.46.46 PMThe release of a sweeping report from the Senate Intelligence Committee into the CIA’s actions after 9/11–immediately dubbed the “torture report”–dominated Tuesday evening’s network newscasts, with the “CBS Evening News” devoting more than 11 minutes to the story.

CBS’ coverage included packages from Nancy Cordes and Bob Orr, and an extended clip of a 2007 “60 Minutes” interview Scott Pelley did with ex-CIA director George Tenet, where he firmly denied–repeatedly–that the U.S. engaged in torture.

“NBC Nightly News” spent seven and a half minutes on the story, beginning with Andrea Mitchell. ABC’s “World News Tonight” led with just over six minutes on torture, including packages from Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl.

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.02.38 PMOverseas, the U.K.’s Channel 4 (left) had extensive coverage on the torture report–more than fifteen minutes–including a live report from Washington, and a story on what role, if any, Britain played in the CIA’s torture of detainees.

Al Jazeera America, by comparison, gave the story twelve minutes of coverage in the network’s flagship U.S. newscast, “America Tonight.”

Kimberly Godwin Named Senior Broadcast Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

godwinKimberly Godwin has been named Senior Broadcast Producer of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” Godwin will report to Executive Producer Steve Capus, who issued the following statement.

Kim is an accomplished executive and proven leader who has performed brilliantly at the “CBS Evening News” for seven years and has successfully run many newsrooms across the country. Kim is principled, dedicated and respected. She has helped shape some of the most important broadcasts of the of the ”CBS Evening News.” I am delighted to have her as a partner as we continue to evolve the broadcast.

See the full press release, after the jump.

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Longest Top 10 Streak in 6 Years for ’60 Minutes’

Stahl60For the 7th week in a row, “60 Minutes” made the Top 10 list of most-watched broadcast programs. Sunday’s show was watched by 11.5 million viewers, good enough for 6th place. And that came against stiff competion from FOX’s broadcast of the Seahawks-Eagles game. This is the longest streak on the weekly list since Jan. 2009, a period which included Steve Kroft‘s award-winning “The Price of Oil” story. Sunday’s show included another energy-related story: Lesley Stahl‘s investigation of toxic coal ash waste in North Carolina.

Where Does Sharyl Attkisson Go for Investigative News?

AttkissonSharyl Attkisson, the CBS News correspondent who resigned earlier this year, then wrote a tell-all about her experiences there, says there are plenty of places to go for good investigative journalism. And she lists 11 of them on her blog.

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CBS, Dish Network Reach Agreement

CBS55Dish Network customers in fourteen major cities have CBS again after an agreement restored the network, which went dark Friday evening. “We are very pleased with this deal, which meets all of our economic and strategic objectives,” Ray Hopkins, president of television networks distribution for CBS, said in a statement. “We look forward to having DISH as a valued partner for many years to come.”

Negotiations over a new carriage agreement dragged on for months, with a deadline passing Thursday evening and both sides continuing to talk. By Friday night, CBS accused Dish of being “unwilling to work towards an agreement.”

“We are pleased to continue delivering CBS programming to our customers, while expanding their digital access to Showtime content through Showtime Anytime,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish senior vice president for programming.

Shaking Up the Morning News Landscape

cbsthismorning130The Wrap takes a detailed look at the morning show wars and what they found will probably surprise a lot of people. The article essentially says CBS is doing its own thing, while “GMA and “Today” grab all the attention. And, as we showed you yesterday, it’s working: for the month of November, “CTM” is the only morning show to see viewer growth.

As “Today” and “Good Morning America” continue to duke it out for morning television’s top spot, “CBS This Morning” has been quietly but aggressively closing the gap. In the last couple of years, “CTM” has gone through a complete reboot in a last-ditch effort to save what was until recently a morning TV dud.

CBS Goes Dark on Dish Network

CBSTVCBS pulled its programming from the Dish Network ahead of prime time Friday, after the network and Dish failed reach a new carriage agreement. “Unfortunately, Dish was unwilling to work towards an agreement that kept CBS stations available to its subscribers,” said a CBS statement.

“You can no longer see your favorite programs,” reads a message posted to the websites of CBS-owned-and-operated stations, urging viewers to complain to Dish. “Call Dish to demand they give you a rebate and return your favorite programs.” The decision impacts viewers in 14 markets that get CBS programming from CBS-owned stations, including WCBS-TV in New York, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.

A deadline of 7 p.m. ET Thursday passed with both sides continuing to talk–and CBS still on Dish–but 24 hours later, those talks appear to have failed. Previously, CBS had accused Dish of “deliberately dragging its feet” during negotiations, which have lasted for months. “Dish appears willing to drop the most popular programming in its entire channel lineup because it won’t negotiate the same sort of deal that other cable, satellite and telco companies have struck with CBS,” the network said in a statement. “Not reaching agreements is nothing new for Dish. In fact, Dish has dropped more than 120 stations since 2013 alone, whereas CBS has only had one service disruption.”

CBS, Dish Network Deadline Passes Without Blackout, For Now


A threatened 7 p.m. ET deadline passed Thursday night without CBS going dark for Dish Network subscribers, with the network releasing a statement that negotiations “progress into the night.”

CBS and Dish have been in negotiations over a carriage dispute for six months, with CBS twice pushing back a final deadline. “In the last few weeks, we have granted two extensions, in the hopes that this would give both parties sufficient time to come to a resolution,” CBS said in a statement. “The second extension, which protected Dish subscribers’ programming over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, was the final one.” CBS has threatened to pull its owned-and-operated stations from Dish if a deal is not done.
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’60 Minutes’ Has Best Night in Two Years

WardLions“60 Minutes” had its most-watched show in two years Sunday. The CBS News magazine averaged 18.4 million viewers, the most since December 2012, finishing at No. 3 for the week. “60″ had a very strong lead-in from the Packers-Patriots game which averaged 30.9 million viewers.

The game was the most-watched Sunday game of the 2014 season and the most-watched Sunday regular-season game on any network in six years (33.8 million; New England-Indianapolis on CBS; Nov. 4, 2007).

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” featured Scott Pelley‘s report on the World Food Programme, Bill Whitaker’s story on hackers stealing credit card numbers, and Clarissa Ward’s (above) reporting from Africa on the fate of petting zoo lions when they grow — which included the  use of a drone to capture magnificent video of lions in the wild and the so-called lion whisperer.