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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.”

Ebola Survivors Suddenly All Over Television

While New York city is busy dealing with its first Ebola case, recent survivors of the deadly disease are popping up all over our televisions.

Nina Pham, the first Dallas nurse diagnosed while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, spoke at a news conference this morning. Pham addressed at the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after doctors announced that she was free of the Ebola virus. She asksed for privacy as she returns to Texas “to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog Bentley.”

Pham’s colleague Amber Vinson, who also was infected while treating Duncan, is still being cared for at Emory University Hospital near Atlanta.

Dr. Richard Sacra, declared Ebola-free on Oct. 5, was interviewed by CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook on “CBS This Morning.”

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CBS News Releases Election Coverage Plan

PelleyScott“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell will lead CBS News coverage of the midterm elections on November 4. The network provide hourly updates at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., followed by a one-hour election special at 10:00 p.m.

CBS will live-stream network coverage on, and provide additional original reporting online. The network also promises to make extensive use of Twitter:

As the coverage unfolds, CBS News will use the Twitter account @CBSPolitics to communicate all election projections and characterizations. CBS News will use Twitter and other social media to introduce a new level of transparency into all CBS News political reporting, revealing internal guidance on competitive races as soon as the information is reportable.

Rehearsals Continue for New CBS News 24-Hour Channel

jeff glorCBS News is getting closer to launching its streaming channel. TVNewser has learned rehearsals have been underway for several weeks with the hope of launching by election day, less than two weeks away. The exact launch date is in flux, we hear.

Jeff Glor, anchor of the Sunday edition of “CBS Evening News,” will be a primary anchor as will CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. The channel will be based out CBS News headquarters on W. 57th Street. It’s not known yet how other talent, including “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, will particpiate in the channel.

Last week, CBS became the first broadcast network to launch an internet TV service, without needing a cable subscription. CBS All Access will cost $5.99 a month and includes next-day access to new shows and past seasons of other CBS programs, as well as access to CBS’s local stations.

> More: CapitalNY reports that the channel will be called CBSN and that a marketing campaign will soon launch around the tagline “CBS News. Always On.”

A Look Back at Ben Bradlee on ’60 Minutes’

Longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who died last night at age 93, is being remembered this morning across the fourth estate. Bradlee was famously portrayed by Jason Robards in the film “All the President’s Men,” and was known to be among John F. Kennedy’s close friends. The late Mike Wallace profiled Bradlee on “60 Minutes” back in 1995.

The Evening Ticker: CBS in Syria; New Hires at Bloomberg, Fusion

  • CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports tonight from inside Syria, where she speaks with a teenager who says he was forced to fight alongside ISIS. The report, broadcast on “The CBS Evening News” is a rare example of American journalists doing on-the-ground reporting inside the country. Williams spoke with 15-year-old Kareem Mufleh in the basement of a prison in northern Syria, where men accused of being ISIS terrorists are being held by a Kurdish group fighting against the Islamic extremists. “They captured my village and gave me a choice-either join ISIS or be beheaded,” Mufleh told Williams in Arabic.

  • Bloomberg has named Joe Weisenthal managing editor of’s markets and finance coverage. Weisenthal will lead coverage of markets and finance coverage across Bloomberg’s digital brands. Weisenthal, who joins from Business Insider, also will host a daily markets show on Bloomberg Television. He starts November 10 and will be based in New York.

  • Fusion CEO Isaac Lee has announced Boris Gartner is joining the company as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Gartner will be working on strategy, partnerships, and business development. “Boris is a high-impact player who has a proven track record of developing and executing forward-looking initiatives,” Lee said. “Boris was a part of the Univision team that conceived Fusion in 2012 and he will play a critical role as we continue building Fusion into a next-generation media company.”

ABC’s ’20/20′ Cribbed from CBS’s ’48 Hours’

MicheleWilliams2If you watched last night’s “20/20″ on ABC you also caught a glimpse of CBS’s “48 Hours.”

ABC’s Matt Gutman reported on the case of Michele Williams, a Texas woman accused of murdering her husband. Williams was about to get away with the murder, after agreeing to a plea deal which would have meant pleading guilty to a lesser charge: tampering with evidence.

But after she conducted an interview with “48 Hours’” Peter Van Sant, claiming her innocence in the 2011 murder, the judge withdrew the plea deal and forced her to stand trial for murder.

“20/20″ used the clip, crediting “48 Hours” by name. It had been entered as evidence in the case.

A jury found Williams guilty of murdering her husband, Greg Williams, late last month.


Scott Pelley on ‘The World’s Greatest Continuing Education Program’

PelleyMcClatchy News Service’s DC bureau reporter Maria Recio spent some time with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on a recent trip to Washington DC for a profile. “For a kid from Lubbock, Texas, who used to ride his bike to the library, this is the world’s greatest continuing education program,” says Pelley, anchor of the “CBS Evening News” and correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

At six foot, gray-haired and blue-eyed, Pelley is Boy Scout handsome (he was, in fact, a Boy Scout), and while his entourage includes hair and makeup people, he is focused on his product – the news. And he gives credit to all the people around him who are instrumental in that effort.

While he doesn’t want to dwell on the evening news rankings, the clearly competitive newsman points out that “60 Minutes,” hugely successful in its 47th year on the air, is frequently No. 1 among all television programs.

The evening news outlook is tougher. “We’re not as deeply in third place as we were before,” said Pelley.

T.J. Holmes, Susan McGinnis Back in the Anchor Chair


A couple of familiar faces have been spotted on the network overnights. T.J. Holmes has been filling in on ABC News, and this morning co-hosted “World News Now.” Holmes spent 5 years at CNN, before departing for BET in 2011. Since his BET show was canceled in 2013, he’s been doing fill in work for MSNBC and now ABC.

Over on CBS, longtime “Up to the Minute” and “CBS Morning News” anchor Susan McGinnis has returned to the early morning anchor chair this week filling in for Anne-Marie Green. McGinnis spent 8 years anchoring the early mornings at CBS, departing in 2008 while still reporting for CBS Newspath.

Bill Whitaker’s First ’60 Minutes’ Story Covers Familiar Territory

Bill Whitaker‘s first story for “60 Minutes” last night was on a topic he’s quite familiar with: Mexico’s drug war.

“That was sort of my bread and butter when I was in Los Angeles,” Whitaker says in this “60 Minutes Overtime” profile. Whitaker, who has reported more than 2,000 stories for CBS News, spent nearly 21 years as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. He found no shortage of stories along the U.S.-Mexico border. WATCH:

Anderson Cooper on His Mother’s Love Life

From Ebola to his mother’s dating habits

David Letterman‘s interview with Anderson Cooper last night ran the gamut. Cooper, son of designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, 90, told Letterman that while he’s not the son of Frank Sinatra — “That’s that other guy on MSNBC,” Cooper said, speaking of Ronan Farrow, who may or may not be. Cooper said Sinatra was just one of his mother’s paramours.

In other Vanderbilt news, Anderson Cooper’s grandfather’s Manhattan mansion is on the market.