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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.”

Best Season Since 1987 For ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

OsgoodFor the 2013-14 television season, “CBS Sunday Morning” delivered six million viewers, the show’s highest audience delivery for a season since the advent of people meters in 1987.

The ratings stalwart was the top-rated Sunday morning news program in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic, as usual. “CBS Sunday Morning” averaged 1.5/07 in the demo, building on its performance last season in both ratings metrics.

The program was also up during May sweeps, delivering 5.81 million viewers, a 4% increase on the year-ago sweeps period. It was the highest-rated May sweep for the show since the advent of people meters.

48 No. 1 for 8 Seasons on Saturday Nights

48hours304x200CBS News’s “48 Hours” wrapped its 26th full season on Saturday, finishing the 2013-14 TV season as the night’s #1 non-sports broadcast. This is the eighth year running that “48 Hours” has been No. 1 in both viewers and the A25-54 demo rating. Saturday’s show was up +28% in viewers and up +9% in the demo vs. the same night last year. For the full season, “48 Hours” averaged 5.25m viewers and a 1.4/4 in the demo.

Charlie Rose on ‘CBS This Morning’: ‘We Have the Things That Matter’

CBS This Morning's Charlie RoseCharlie Rose thinks “CBS This Morning” has the right ingredients to continue its momentum among the morning shows.

“We have the things that matter,” Rose told TVNewser at yesterday’s Peabody Awards ceremony, where he was awarded for his 2013 interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We have a great production team, we’ve got things that the audience likes, in terms of the ‘Eye Opener,’ in terms of the way the set works.”

Rose also highlighted other important aspects of the show’s success, starting with his co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

“I sit next to two very bright and smart women, and the chemistry between all three of us is very good. And we’ve been able to take advantage of all of the capacity of CBS News as an organization, and as individuals, for great storytelling.”

“All of that, I think, has given us the kind of momentum we have,” Rose added.

Anthony Bourdain’s Peabody Award for Making ‘Some Pretty Strange and Fun Television’

BrokawPeabodyAnthony Bourdain is grateful for the Peabody Award which was presented to his CNN show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” today. But he tells TVNewser he leaves the programming, ratings and other network matters to others.

“I’m grateful that, for whatever reason, CNN has chosen to allow us the budget, the resources, and the support to go out and make some pretty strange and fun television,” Bourdain told TVNewser on the red carpet of the 73rd annual ceremony this afternoon. “Who’s watching it, whether males, 25-30, I frankly just don’t much give a f*ck.”

“I make the show. I’m glad that anyone’s looking at it,” said Bourdain, who is among several hosts taking over CNN’s 9pm timeslot starting tonight.

“CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose also took home a Peabody Award for his interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“This was the height of a very big story,” Rose said about his September interview which took place two weeks after a deadly chemical weapons attack in Damascus. “This was a man who thought at anytime, the Americans, along with their allies, might make a decision to attack.”

Tom Brokaw, who also spoke with us about his battle with cancer, accepted his personal Peabody on behalf of hundreds of others over the years who’ve helped him report meaningful TV from around the world. “I had wonderful colleagues, some of who are no longer with us unfortunately,” Brokaw told us. “You don’t do this on your own. You get to where you are when

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Les Moonves Confirms CBS is Developing Digital News Channel; David Rhodes Oversees

cbsnews304CBS is in the “early stages” of developing a 24-hour digital news network, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves says. Appearing on Bloomberg today, Moonves told Trish Regan the digital channel will be “an exciting alternative to cable news.” BuzzFeed first reported in October that CBS was considering the idea of an all-news network.

“With all the content going digital right now, 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.”

CBS News president David Rhodes, who is a veteran of Fox News and Bloomberg TV, is heading up the effort.

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Broadcast Networks Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication Ceremony

Broadcast networks broke in for special coverage of the 9/11 Memorial Museum opening this morning, where President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke.

ABC News broke in at 10:05amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring from New York. “World News” weekend anchor David Muir reported from the museum.

NBC News broke in at 10:07amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie co-anchoring alongside special correspondent Tom Brokaw in studio with them. National correspondent Peter Alexander reported from the museum.

CBS News broke in at 10:10amET with Norah O’Donnell and “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Anthony Mason co-anchoring in New York.

Local New York City stations produced their own coverage for the memorial dedication ceremony.

“A nation that stands tall, and united, and unafraid…because no act of terror can match the strength, or the character of our country,” President Obama said about America. “Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today, nothing can ever break us. Nothing can ever change who we are as Americans.”

The president then introduced Alison Crowther, the mother of financial worker Welles Crowther. Welles was a financial worker wearing a red bandana who died while helping evacuate fellow workers on 9/11; that red bandana is enshrined in the museum. His mother spoke after the president, alongside one of the people her son saved, Ling Young.

Bill and Willie Geist Share Good Talks in New Book

GeistsBookBill Geist, the award-winning special correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning,” and his son Willie Geist, “Today” show and “Morning Joe” host, have written a new book together. “Good Talk, Dad,” out next Tuesday, is written in a unique back-and-forth banter style, with riffs on music, sports, religion, fatherhood and summer camp fails, as recounted in today’s Wall Street Journal:

That saga involved sending the 13-year-old Willie to an idyllic camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

At least it seemed idyllic in the slide-show presentation a camp representative gave the Geists. However, it turned out to be less a camp than a penal colony. Willie discovered that when the buzz one morning in the mess hall was about a tire-slashing incident the previous night—not involving campers, but counselors.

“Camp Carson served not just as a place for carefree boys to spend a magical summer,” Willie writes with a minimum of wistfulness, “but also as a safe, wooded refuge for convicted nonviolent gang offenders to serve out their sentences as camp counselors.”

Morning Shows Celebrate Mother’s Day

The morning shows spent this week celebrating Mother’s Day. On NBC’s “Today,” as part of a weeklong series called “Mom’s the Word,” Savannah Guthrie took her mom shopping for her baby, who is due this summer:

On “GMA,” the anchors attempted to describe their mothers in one word (some were more successful than others): Read more

A Day in the Life of Charlie Rose

A local North Carolina station tracked a day in the life of one of their own recently, following “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose on one of his average 17-hour days.

“The only question is, why does anyone want to do a day in my life?” Rose asked WBTV’s Kristen Miranda. Co-anchor Gayle King asked if Charlie was aware of the video shoot. “When they said there was a crew here coming to cover Charlie, I said, ‘Does Charlie Know?’” adding he never agrees to these types of personal profiles.

“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht reveals how Rose motivates him: “He’s just a great person, and he has this zest and love of life and news and curiosity that I feed off of.”

And a day in the life of Charlie Rose doesn’t stop at his TV news colleagues–even Oprah got in on the action.

CBS Dedicates Emmy to Woman Who Died During Filming of Story

Christy60Minutes“60 Minutes Sports” won its first Emmy last night for a heart wrenching story about Kayaking on the Potomac River. The main character of the story, Shannon Christy died while being videotaped for the story. CBS News’s David Martin accepted the Emmy and dedicated it to Christy.

23-year-old Christy, who hailed from South Carolina, was one of the most experienced  Kayakers in the world. She was drawn to the “Great Falls” event in Virginia last summer, just as “60 Minutes” was planning to cover the sport.

Producers videotaped her first run on July 9. On a practice run two days later, Christy disappeared. Her accident was seen by a tourist who alerted others. Her empty orange kayak was picked up by “60 Minutes” cameras at the bottom of the falls.

Correspondent David Martin spoke to Christy at Great Falls two days before she died. “I kayak because I love the sport. Kayaking takes you to places that most of society will never see. I love the act of Kayaking for what it is.”

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