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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 Eyes October Launch of Digital Channel

CBSEyesCBS News is in hiring mode for the new CBS News digital news channel and is looking at a launch in October, TVNewser has learned.

The channel is being championed by CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, with CBS News president David Rhodes heading up the effort. Rhodes is a veteran of the cable game, having worked the early years at Fox News Channel and later as head of U.S. TV for Bloomberg.

We’re told Mosheh Oinounou, who worked with Rhodes at both Fox News and Bloomberg and Nancy Lane, head of editorial for CBSNews.com, are doing most of the candidate interviews. Lane is also a cable news veteran, having worked at CNN for 29 years. Oinounou has been with CBS since 2011. CBS is looking to have a staff of around 60 people for the launch, including interactive, technical and editorial, many plucked from current cable TV news ranks.

In May, Moonves told Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, “Wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has…all over the world. And there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute newscast at 6:30, or ‘CBS This Morning.’ So we can do that.”

Longtime CBS News Political Editor Dotty Lynch Dies

Dotty Lynch AU SOCDotty Lynch, a polling pioneer who served as CBS News political editor from 1985 to 2005, died yesterday after a yearlong battle with cancer. “Dotty was a rare combination of book smart, street smart, and incredibly funny,” deputy Washington bureau chief Ward Sloane wrote in a memo to staff today:

She led us through some remarkable times and elections. I like to think that Dotty was digital before digital was cool – she re-created and formatted The CBS News Campaign Directory in 1992. Those of you who had one will never forget it. It was a pocket sized book that had every phone number of every official any political reporter or producer could want. It was the envy of the road, many reported outright theft by competitors or being begged for a copy.

She also had an eye for talent – that rare ability to see not just what a person could offer today, but also to see what they could become. Here are a few examples of the researchers Dotty hired: FACE THE NATION Executive Producer Mary Hager and FACE THE NATION Senior Producer Rob Hendin, both were also CBS EVENING NEWS White House producers; Steve Chaggaris, who ran political coverage in 2008 and now edits CBSNews.com in Washington and Kia Baskerville, who is a special events producer and talent scout.

Sloane’s full note is after the jump. Read more

The Story Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt Lauer has done it, so has Shepard Smith and Rachel Maddow. NBC’s Dylan Dryer did it late last week, then on Saturday challenged her “Today” colleagues Erika Hill, Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe. They accepted. So where did the ice bucket challenge start? “CBS This Morning” had the back-story this morning. And, naturally, led to a challenge for Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and fill-in host Jane Pauley. Rose and O’Donnell accepted the challenge. Pauley asked, “Can I just write a check?” WATCH:

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Looks to Continue Ratings Growth As Jane Pauley Fills in

Pauley304Jane Pauley takes the reins of “CBS Sunday Morning” tomorrow for the first time as host. The former “Today” show co-anchor will fill in for Charles Osgood, and she’ll also sit in for Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” all next week. Pauley, who spent 13 years at the “Today” show, signed on as a contributor for CBS News in April.

Pauley hosts “Sunday Morning” as the show comes off another big win. Last Sunday, “CSM” averaged 5.19 million viewers — more than the averages for “Good Morning America,” “Today,” and “CBS This Morning’s” for the Monday thru Friday editions in July. That’s up +11% vs. the same week last year. The show drew 1.2 million A25-54 viewers, flat vs. last year.

Israel-Gaza: TV Networks Say They Were There Too

WolfTunnel304We’ve been hearing from tvnewsers following our Q&A yesterday with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity who was finishing up a 4-day reporting trip to Israel. During the interview, we asked Hannity what he thought of the media coverage so far of the conflict.

Here’s my take on the media coverage, and I did glance around. I didn’t see — and maybe some of them did it — but I didn’t see reporters in the elaborate tunnels, I didn’t see them at the indoor playground, I didn’t see people go to the war room of the mayor of Sderot, like we did. I think there are too many Hamas representatives put on the air. I don’t think enough emphasis has been put on the lives of the average Israeli. Where’s CBS? Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?

Because the headline of our story included the last part of the quote, a couple of those other networks reached out to us to emphatically say, “We were there.” So, in the interest of fairness, here are some of those reports from CNN, CBS News and NBC News:

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Ed Joyce, Former CBS News Pres., Has Died

cbsnews130Ed Joyce, who climbed the ladder at CBS News for nearly three decades, reaching the pinnacle as president of CBS News in 1983, has died.

Joyce’s short, two-year tenure as president of the news division was chronicled in his memoir Prime Times, Bad Times. When the memoir was published in 1988 The New York Times wrote, “The view from within CBS – a la Ed Joyce – is not pretty. What he shows us is hypocrisy, paranoia and ego, and on a corporate level too: ‘an era of junk bonds and debt/equity ratios endangering [the] legacy’ of network news.”

Joyce’s first TV jobs were in Utica and Schenectady, New York. We would move on to CBS Radio in Chicago and, later, New York where he hosted a daily talk show. He moved in to news production and management, first at CBS’s local stations in Chicago and Los Angeles, before returning to New York in 1981 as executive vice-president of CBS News and elevated to president two years later.

Joyce’s son Randall Joyce is a producer for “60 Minutes.”

Jane Pauley Returns to Morning News

PauleyClintonJane Pauley is returning to morning TV.

TVNewser has learned the longtime “Today” show host will be filling in for Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” the week of August 11. Pauley will also fill in for Charles Osgood on “Sunday Morning” on August 10. Pauley signed on with CBS News as a contributor to “Sunday Morning” in April.

She was co-anchor of the “Today” show for 13 years, from 1976-1989, and remained with NBC News for several years anchoring “Dateline” and contributing to “Today.”

James Brown on Anchoring ‘CBS Evening News’: ‘I Forgot How All-Encompassing It Is’

BrownHe’s won multiple Emmys for his work as an NFL studio host for both CBS and Fox, but this week, James Brown has called an audible, filling in for Scott Pelley on “CBS Evening News.”

“It’s been exciting, it keeps my juices flowing,” Brown told TVNewser in an interview this afternoon. “I forgot how all-encompassing it is because news happens continuously.”

“I got a call the other day saying, ‘J.B. you need to get over here a little bit sooner than planned because we have some breaking news you need to be on top of.’ So, I am on 24/7 in that regard.”

The leads on “Evening News” have reflected a busy news week: extreme weather on Monday, athlete head injuries on Tuesday, and the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa on Wednesday.

“I’ve made it a point once I signed on to become a special correspondent [for CBS News] to make certain my day consists of at least being relatively well-versed with a range of news, whether it’s local, domestic, or global.” he said. “And also on the silos: health, education, Capitol Hill–and all the dysfunction that’s taking place there–I make certain that I have at least a good fundamental understanding of what’s going on.”

And how does Brown feel about sitting in the anchor chair for CBS’ flagship newscast compared to his usual NFL studio digs?

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Carney: White House TV Correspondents ‘Tend to Play for the Cameras’

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says White House correspondents “tend to play for the cameras” during televised briefings. Carney says when he would conduct off-camera briefings, “The difference is like night and day, in terms of the tenor.”

On the “Late Show with David Letterman” last night, Carney said correspondents from TV networks who fill the first couple of rows, “tend to be the most agitated, especially when the briefing is televised, but you can’t ignore them, because then that would be the story.”

One of those correspondents, NBC’s Chuck Todd, has responded via Twitter:

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In Profile: Pelley, Bartiromo

“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley does a Q+A with The Hill:

Pelley304What did you want to be when you were a kid? An astronaut, oh, without question. That was what it was all about when I was growing up in the mid-’60s. … I would write NASA letters and they would send me back 8-by-10-inch color glossies of the astronauts that were flying, and I built model rockets and replicas of the rockets that we were flying. And I’ll never forget the night Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969. I shot pictures of it off our television screen watching Walter Cronkite do the coverage. I guess that was my introduction to journalism.

FBN anchor Maria Bartiromo talks to the Chicago Tribune about her favorite places to travel:

maria bartiromoQ. What’s a nice, low-key trip for you?

A. My husband and I go to Tucson, Arizona, and go to the Santa Catalina Mountains and hike. I love putting on my hiking boots and going into the wilderness. It takes me away and clears my head and helps me not be so busy and stressed. It’s so nice to make time to be in nature. That’s probably my favorite type of trip.

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