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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.”

No One’s In Hot Water at CBS News DC

CBSNewsDCThe boiler at the CBS News Washington bureau sprung a leak last week, flooding the boiler room and sending a chill through the aging three story building.

The parts for the boiler are on order and things should be back to normal by the end of this week, we’re told. Insiders tell us a plan to be in a new building on the same site in early 2017, can’t come soon enough.

Late last month, CBS News president David Rhodes sent a note to the DC bureau informing them of a proposal to build a new state of the art facility on the current site at 2020 M Street NW.

The mid-century red brick building is so old that “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer uses Eric Sevareid’s office. Sevareid, one of “Murrow’s Boys” was Washington Bureau Chief in the early 1940s.

“But history can be limiting on the technical side,” Rhodes wrote in his note, obtained by TVNewser. “We’ll put the latest technology to work in the new building, and we’ll have more of the collaborative workspaces we’ve been introducing in New York.”

It’ll have hot water, too.

The Time Willie Nelson Helped Jan Crawford with Her Contact Lens

CrawfordNelsonJan Crawford got choked up at one point during her profile of country icon Willie Nelson on “CBS This Morning” today. As he played his song “Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground” Crawford wiped away tears and wiped a contact right out of her right eye. “I see it in your eye… yeah right there,” said Nelson as he plucked the lens from her cheek.

’48 Hours’ Editor Beats Out 5 ’60 Minutes’ Colleagues, and They Couldn’t Be Prouder

CBSEmmyBefore last night’s News and Documentary Emmy Awards “48 Hours” editor Doreen Schechter got a bouquet of flowers and well wishes from her fellow nominees: five men, all colleagues who are editors on “60 Minutes.”

“Good luck, we’re all rooting for you,” the card read.

Well, it seems to have worked. Schechter, a 32-year CBS News veteran, picked up her first Emmy last night for Outstanding News Editing for an episode of the 6-part “Brooklyn DA” series produced by “48 Hours.”

The “60 Minutes” editors are said to be “over the moon” that Schechter won. So is her 89-year-old father Harvey Schechter, who made it to the Lincoln Center event last night in his tuxedo.

48 Up, 60 Down For the Week on CBS

48Hours304LostSaturday’s season premiere of “48 Hours” was the No. 1 program among total viewers for the night and was No. 1 in its timeslot in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Drawing 5.54 million viewers, the show had its best audience delivery since April 26 and its best A18-49 rating since Dec. 14, 2013.

Meanwhile on Sunday night, “60 Minutes” took a hit from the NFL. “60″ was off more than 25% from its debut a week earlier. “60 Minutes,” which included a two-part interview with Pres. Obama, was no match for the San Francisco 49ers / Philadelphia Eagles game of the week on FOX.

CBS Speaks With ISIS Enemies; CNN With ISIS Member/Defector

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Timely interviews in Turkey and Syria as the U.S. continues airstrikes against ISIS.

Over the weekend, CBS’ Holly Williams and her crew met danger in Syria. While meeting with a small army fighting ISIS, the CBS crew came under fire, taking cover in a village with mud-covered huts. The army, led by a man, has 40 soldiers; 10 of them are women, including teenagers. “There’s no difference between the men and the women,” the army’s commander told Williams. “Some of the women are better fighters than I am.”

And in Turkey last week, CNN’s Arwa Damon spoke with Abu Omar, a former ISIS member who defected following U.S. airstrikes. Omar said ISIS depends heavily on foreign fighters, particularly from France. Damon also spoke with ISIS fighter Abu Tahla via Skype. A male besides Damon asked the questions— Tahla wouldn’t speak with a woman. “We’ve been ready for this for some time,” he said. “We know that our bases are known because they’re tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations. They [the U.S.] thought they knew everything. But thank God, they don’t know anything. And God willing, we will defeat the infidels.”


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‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Has Best Season in More Than 25 Years

charles osgood cbs sunday morning“CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” just finished another record year.

The venerable 90-minute news and information program averaged 5.79 million viewers — even besting the No. 1 weekday show ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Sunday Morning” was up +6% in total viewers compared to the 2012-2013 season, and had its biggest audience since the advent of people meters in the 1987-1988 TV season. The show was on par with last season’s A25-54 rating, which was the best delivery since 2009-2010.

Inside the Scene of the ’48 Hours’ Crime

With four floors, 50,000 square feet, 400 lamps and no walls (not even for the bathroom), Boracayan was one American couple’s Costa Rican paradise. That was until one of them was shot dead.

And since that’s where all “48 Hours” stories start, correspondent Susan Spencer takes viewers back to the scene of the crime — or was it a suicide? You’ll have to wait until tomorrow night to find out on the season premiere of the long-running CBS News true crime series. But first take a look inside this amazing paradise on a rainforest mountaintop, that you probably won’t see anytime soon on House Hunters International.

’60 Minutes’ Has Best Debut in 17 Years

Pelley60isis“60 Minutes” was the No. 2 show of the week, only behind “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.

Sunday’s season debut drew 17.88 million viewers, its biggest premiere audience since 1997. The show got a boost from the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seakawks game. A Super Bowl rematch which went into overtime.

Sunday’s show, which featured a Scott Pelley report from the frontlines of the battle to defeat ISIS, and a Steve Kroft story about the growing concerns over an IRS scam, delivered its best premiere numbers since 2005 in the key demos: a 4.4/11 in A25-54 and a 3.5/10 in A18-49.

Bill O’Reilly Says a Mercenary Army is the way to Defeat ISIS

BORCTMBill O’Reilly is making the rounds promoting the latest in his “Killing” series. “Killing Patton”  looks at WWII General George Patton who died under mysterious circumstances just after the war ended. But in an effort to defeat the current global threat, on his show last night O’Reilly called for the formation of a mercenary army to defeat ISIS.

“The United States would pay well mercenary troops from all over the world,” O’Reilly said on “CBS This Morning.” “We would select them. Special forces would train them. 25,000-man force to be deployed to fight on the ground against worldwide terrorism, not just ISIS and that would be a permanent force and take the politics out of it.”

Up next for O’Reilly, “Live with Kelly & Michael.” He’ll be a guest on today’s show.

CBS News Called the Consumer Complaints Division of ISIS

If you haven’t seen last night’s Scott Pelley “60 Minutes” stories on ISIS, do yourself a favor and head over to But before you do that, take a look at what it took to put the story together. “60 Minutes” producer Henry Schuster and his crew went to the front lines of the fight in Northern Iraq. Attempting to get an interview with ISIS, he called a phone number listed in an English-language ISIS publication. It was the terror group’s consumer complaints division. He didn’t get through.

Meanwhile, associate producer Rachael Morehouse went to a refugee camp where Pelley conducted gut-wrenching interviews with a woman and her two brothers who survived the brutality of ISIS. “It was the worst story I’ve ever heard, personally,” Morehouse says in the “60 Minutes Overtime” video: