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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.”

‘CBS This Morning,’ Now on Pandora

CBSThisAm“CBS This Morning” now has its own Pandora station which will feature an evolving playlist of the songs played each morning. The show announced the new channel after a feature report on the streaming music service and its founder Tim Westergren. The show already has its own Spotify playlist.

Inside Sharyl Attkisson’s Steep Decline in Airtime

SHARYL-ATTKISSON-DOJ-facebookNews of Sharyl Attkisson‘s resignation this afternoon from CBS News suggested the veteran correspondent no longer felt her work was supported.

Supported or not, she definitely got less airtime over the last few years.

According to Andrew Tyndall‘s Tyndall Report, which measures the amount of airtime correspondents receive, Attkisson’s airtime on “CBS Evening News” dramatically decreased in recent years.

From 2007-2009, Attkisson was among the top 20 network correspondents, drawing between 145 and 160 minutes each year. In 2010, she fell out of the top 20 with 149 minutes. By 2011 she fell to #60 with 71 minutes and in 2012 she was ranked #100, with 36 minutes. Last year she improved in minutes, with 54, still ranked #100.

Tyndall tells TVNewser Attkisson’s declining presence on “CBS Evening News” is due to the changing nature of news beats.

“There are a few key beats that receive frequent assignments: White House, Capitol Hill, Justice, Pentagon, and every four years, the assignment to the campaign of a major Presidential contender,” Tyndall told us. “The major factor accounting for the drop-off in Attkisson’s minutes was her replacement as Congressional correspondent.” Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes followed Attkisson as Congressional correspondents when she moved over to the investigative beat.

He also points out that many of her assignments looked critically at the Obama administration. Read more

Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From CBS

SharylAttkissonCBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has resigned after more than two decades at the network.

“CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors,” CBS News spokesperson Sonya McNair said in a statement provided to TVNewser. “We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”

Attkisson, a Washington-based investigative correspondent, called her time at CBS News “one of life’s great privileges” and said she is “grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had.”

Politico’s Dylan Byers reports the departure is the result of several months of “hard-fought” contract negotiations:

Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television.

At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration.

CBS News announced last year that Attkisson’s computer had been accessed by an “unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012.” At the time, Attkisson said she was “outraged” about the “very serious and disturbing matter.”

Franken Says Merged Comcast, Time Warner Cable ‘Will Be Bad for Consumers’

Having done two stints as a writer and performer on “Saturday Night Live,” Sen. Al Franken knows a thing or two about NBC. This morning on CBS, the Minnesota democrat said NBC parent company Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable “will be bad for consumers of TV, of cable TV and of the Internet.

“I think consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and worse, even worse service,” Fraken said on “CBS This Morning.”

As chairman of the Privacy, Technology, and Law Subcommittee, Franken also discussed Steve Kroft‘s report on personal data being harvested by marketing companies.

“You saw it last night on ’60 Minutes,’” said Franken. “I really believe that Americans have a right to privacy, that they have a right to know what’s being taken, what of their private information’s being taken, and to give permission if you’re going to take their private information.”

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News Magazines Have a Big Weekend

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It was a big weekend for network news magazines.

Friday night, “Dateline NBC” drew 7.5 million viewers at 8pmET winning the time period among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos. Later Friday, at 10pmET, ABC’s “20/20″ won its hour among the other networks with 7.6 million total viewers and 2.6 million in the A25-54 demo, winning the hour in the demos.

The debut of Dateline’s “Saturday Night Mysteries” drew 5.2 million viewers and 1.6 million in the A25-54 demo from 8pm-10pmET, topping the other broadcast networks. Excluding sports, this was NBC’s best Saturday night time slot in three years. At 10pm, CBS Saturday stalwart “48 Hours” drew 5.1 million viewers.

And last night, the granddaddy of news magazines, CBS’ “60 Minutes” drew 10.6 million total viewers, up +15% from the week before.

All ratings information is preliminary Nielsen data. Final numbers come out tomorrow.

Bill Whitaker Joins ’60 Minutes’

BillWhitakerNewCBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker has been named a correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

“Bill Whitaker is one of the great veterans of CBS News. He has had a distinguished career covering just about every kind of story all over the world,” said CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager.

“Bill is a natural fit at ’60 Minutes’ and it’s exciting that he has agreed to join us.”

Whitaker has been with CBS News for 30 years, joining in 1984 with stretches reporting from Atlanta, Tokyo, South Africa,  and Los Angeles.

He’s covered everything from earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, to presidential campaigns, to the O.J. Simpson trials, to the early stages of the Afghanistan War.

China Allows CBS News Rare Question at Government Press Conference

CBS News correspondent Seth Doane got the rare opportunity to ask a question at a high-level government press conference in Beijing this week. Doane’s question, which he was required to submit to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs ahead of time, was one of about a dozen selected to be answered at the press conference.

Before Doane’s report aired on “Evening News” last night, Scott Pelley pointed out the differences between a Chinese press conference and an American one. “Long live the First Amendment,” Pelley said. Watch:

Vinita Nair Named Correspondent for CBS News

vinita nairVinita Nair has been named a New York-based correspondent for CBS News in addition to her current role as co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday.”

Nair joined CBS Newspath, the network’s 24-hour television news service for CBS affiliates, as a New York-based correspondent in January 2013. Before that, she served as a co-anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning” at ABC. She was also a contributor for “Good Morning America.”

On TV Sunday, Nancy Kerrigan vs. Liam Neeson

HardingKerriganNBC Olympics has scheduled its much-hyped documentary about the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan for 7pm Sunday night against CBS’ “60 Minutes” which normally wins the timeslot.

Kerrigan hasn’t talked about the attack plotted by the ex-husband of rival U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. Harding and Kerrigan would go on to compete at the Lillehammer Olympics the following month, where Kerrigan skated away with the silver.

Mary Carillo interviewed both Kerrigan and Harding for the documentary. While Harding has stayed in the spotlight for the last 20 years (remember when she was on the “Weakest Link” in 2001? She was), “It took years to convince Nancy,” Carillo said.

Why now? Kerrigan, who is working as a skating analyst for NBC Olympics in Sochi, says, “I trust Mary and producer Margaret [Grossi] to really just tell the story from my perspective, instead of just assuming what my perspective would be.”

Over on “60 Minutes” Anderson Cooper talks with Liam Neeson about the sudden death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, who died following a skiing accident 5 years ago. The “Schindler’s List” and “Taken” star opens up about donating his wife’s organs, as well as his childhood and how his age is beginning to conflict with his action star roles.

Vicente Arenas Joins CBS News

vicente arenasVicente Arenas is joining CBS News as a Miami-based correspondent, CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes announced today.

Arenas comes to CBS from Houston, where he has been the weekend anchor at CBS affiliate KHOU since 2003. He will begin at CBS on March 17.

TVSpy has more details.

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