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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.”

Chris Rock Says He’d Love to Report for ’60 Minutes’ in Ferguson…’And It Would Be Funny’

2011-topic-celeb-chris-rockIn an extensive interview with Frank Rich in New York magazine, comedian Chris Rock talks about television, President Obama, and the news business. He compares Obama to CBS’ Les Moonves, arguing that Obama’s mistake has been trying, like CBS, to appeal to everyone. “The thing liberals don’t like about Obama is that he’s a network guy. He’s kind of Les Moonves. He’s trying to get everybody. And I think he’s figured out, and maybe a little late, that there’s some people he’s never going to get.”

Asked to evaluate Obama’s legacy, Rock said “everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career.”

Rock also said he’d love to be a correspondent on CBS’ “60 Minutes”:

What would you want to cover?

I would cover anything. I mean, I’d be in Ferguson right now, and it would be in-depth, and it would be funny.

It’s hard to do funny in journalism.

No, it’s not. It’s all in the cut.

What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?

I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.

Networks Will Cover Chuck Hagel Resignation

abccbsnbclogosLess than a week after the White House got annoyed over major broadcast networks skipping President Barack Obama‘s address on immigration, networks will cover today’s special report on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation.

ABC News is breaking into regularly scheduled programming today at approximately 11:10amET. George Stephanopoulos anchors for the network from New York with live reporting from Martha Raddatz and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl from Washington D.C.

NBC will provide a special report, anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York. As part of NBC’s coverage, Jim Miklaszewski will be at the Pentagon and Chris Jansing at the White House.

CBS will not air a special report, but will cover the announcement on CBSN. The cable news networks — which have been covering the news since The New York Times broke the story just after 9am — will also cover Obama’s remarks.

Fox broadcasting is offering an optional special report for affiliates.

‘Sunday Morning’ Dishes

Sunday MorningTomorrow is the annual Eat, Drink and Be Merry edition of “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.” From the evolution of Spam to the mechanics behind menus, the food-themed show arrives just in time for Thanksgiving week. In the ratings department, so far this season “Sunday Morning” is up +3% in viewers compared to last year. Last Sunday, the show drew 6 million viewers, making it the #1 Sunday morning program.

‘We Need To Talk’ Heads to Broadcast TV

cbseye304CBS Sports’ all-female weekly sports show “We Need To Talk” will move from the CBS Sports Network to CBS for a year-end special on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 pm ET. The special will be the broadcast debut of the show which premiered back in September.

“The launch of ‘We Need To Talk’ was a very proud moment for CBS Sports,” said CBS Sports president David Berson. “We could not be more pleased with the quality of the show and the hard work of all the women in front of and behind the camera. The response to the show has been extremely positive, and we are excited to showcase the year-end special of  ’We Need To Talk’ to a broader audience.”

“We Need To Talk”  features a rotating panel of women discussing hot topics and sports news. The panel is comprised of members of CBS Sports’ roster of female journalists, including Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce, combined with some prominent women in the sports world, including Andrea Kremer, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Dara Torres, Swin Cash, Summer Sanders and Katrina Adams. 

Networks Divided On Use of Term ‘Illegal’

103114_illegalFlip from one channel to another, and the language used to describe the immigration debate will likely be different. Fusion’s Felix Salmon has broken down exactly where major media organizations stand on use of the phrase most often described as offensive–and banned by many newsrooms–”illegal immigrant”, finding a range of policies, from “never” to “preferred usage.”

Salmon argues there’s good reason to avoid the term:

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

According to Salmon’s breakdown, NBC, ABC, Fusion, CNN, and Univision refuse to use the term, while CBS allows its use: Read more

White House Adviser Says ‘It’s 2014′; White House Doesn’t Need Broadcast Networks

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer laughed as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him about the “snub” from the broadcast networks, who chose not to air President Obama’s address on immigration. Pfeiffer’s response was blunt: “this is 2014. We’re in a digital age.” In short, Pfeiffer was saying, having the networks break in to sweeps programming was just not essential to getting out the message:

It’s important to understand, this is 2014, you have to take a different approach to communications. We picked the time and place of this address knowing it was unlikely the networks would break away from the dramas and comedies they were showing in sweeps week, because this is the time when people would be most likely to be watching it on their smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Pfeiffer said a White House teaser video released on Facebook was watched by more than three million people ahead of the prime time speech.

Jeff Fager Stepping Down as Chairman of CBS News, Returns Fulltime to ’60 Minutes’

FagerJeff Fager is leaving his role as chairman of CBS News and turning his “full attention” to “60 Minutes.”

“It is hard to believe that it has been four years since Les asked me to take the job, but we agreed that when the time was right I would be able to return to ’60 Minutes’ full time,” Fager writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Fager has been at the helm of CBS News since February, 2011. At that time, Sean McManus left his dual role has head of CBS News and CBS Sports, and returned to CBS Sports fulltime. At the same time, David Rhodes joined as CBS News president. Rhodes had been head of Bloomberg TV and, before that, spent 12 years at Fox News.

“I hired [Rhodes] almost four years ago with this moment in mind, and he has exceeded all expectations,” Fager writes. Rhodes, 40, takes on sole leadership of the news division.

“60 Miuntes” has seen its share of bumps in the last year. An internal investigation into a 2013 Lara Logan report found the story “deficient in several respects.” In a more minor error, earlier this year the show apologized for selective audio editing in a story about Tesla.

Fager’s note after the jump…

More: Fager’s CBS News contract has been extended through 2019. “We would not be in such a strong position today were it not for Jeff’s leadership and his willingness four years ago to supplement his role at ’60 Minutes’ with the duties of chairman as David integrated himself into CBS News,” says CBS CEO Les Moonves. “I want to thank him for all he has done, and all I know he will do in the years to come.”

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White House Miffed Over Networks Skipping Immigration Address

the_white_house_0Yesterday, insiders told TVNewser that the White House did not request time from the networks for tonight’s primetime speech on immigration. According to Hadas Gold of Politico, the White House is now annoyed that the major broadcast networks will be skipping President Barack Obama‘s plan to deal with millions of illegal immigrants.

Obama’s speech is schedule for 8 pm ET tonight and will be passed over for the Winter Finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days” on NBC. None of the networks expressed interested in bumping a hit show for Obama’s primetime address.

Speaking with Politico, a senior administration official said tonight’s speech is bigger than others that have been shown on all three networks: Read more

Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Other CBS Newsers Hit Soul Cycle

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King arranged a field trip with staffers from CBS News, taking the group to a hard core Soul Cycle class last night. Judging by this photo, Elaine Quijano, Holly Phillips, Norah O’Donnell, King, and Vinita Nair got in a serious workout.

Soul Cycle

‘Dateline NBC’ Wins Friday Night

dateline logo_304x200“Dateline NBC” was the most-watched show in primetime Friday drawing 7.97 million viewers.

The show also won the A25-54 and A18-49 demo in the 8-9pmET/PT time period. In fact, the show drew its best A18-49 rating in seven months.

ABC’s “20/20″ won the 10pmET/PT time slot with 5.74 million total viewers. The CBS News special following the “The Hollywood Film Awards” didn’t do so well at 10pmET. The program drew 2.69 million total viewers. The HFAs are CBS’s answer to NBC’s telecast of the Golden Globes and ABC’s broadcast of the Academy Awards. In its first outing on CBS Friday, the HFAs averaged just 4.1 million viewers. Last year’s Oscar telecast, by comparison, was watched by 43 million viewers.

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