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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.”

David Letterman’s Sunday Show Lookalike is…

On “The Late Show” this week, David Letterman revealed he often gets mistaken for one of the Sunday show hosts. “I can’t go anywhere — honestly, every time I go out, people think I’m Bob Schieffer,” Letterman said. “It’s crazy. ” Watch:

“This sort of thing happens to me all the time,” Schieffer tweeted at Letterman in response. “I just say I am whoever they want me to be!”

Lara Logan Returns to CBS News

lara-logan Lara Logan is back at work after a forced leave of absence from CBS News, a network spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. News of her return was first reported by the AP’s David Bauder.

Logan was asked to take a leave of absence in November after a flawed  “60 Minutes” report about 9/11/12 Benghazi attack. Logan’s report was centered around an interview with Dylan Davies, a man who claimed to have been a witness of the attacks; it was later revealed that he had not been present that night. In retracting the story, Logan said “we were misled and we were wrong.”

An internal review of the report found it to be “deficient in several respects.”

Although initial reports said Logan was slated to return to the network in early 2014, her leave of absence was nearly seven months long. “60 Minutes” is currently off-season and will return with new episodes in the fall.

‘Dateline’ Cracks Top 10 in Broadcast Primetime Viewers

dateline logo_304x200For the week ending on June 1, NBC’s “Dateline” finished eighth in broadcast primetime total viewers.

7.1 million viewers tuned in on Friday, May 30, making “Dateline” the number one show in total viewers for the night; the audience was NBC’s biggest in the Friday night timeslot in two months.

Year-over-year, “Dateline” was up +18% in total viewers.  On Friday’s two-hour episode, correspondent Andrea Canning investigated the mystery behind Leslie Mueller‘s drowning, and her husband Fred’s role in the tragedy.

For the same week, fellow newsmagazine “60 Minutes” ranked #4, with 8.2 million viewers tuning in Sunday night.

Networks’ D-Day +70 Coverage Plans

D-day_Normandy_Nara_26-G-2343Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is doing a weeklong series, with correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds speaking to World War II veterans about their stories from the invasion. Phillips and Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, fresh off a cycling tour of France, will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday’s 70th anniversary.

Brian Williams will anchor special editions of “NBC Nightly News” from the site of the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach on Thursday and Friday. Joining Williams on-the-ground in Normandy will be special correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and national correspondent Peter Alexander. And on the evening of the anniversary Friday, NBC News will air an 8pmET primetime special, “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” spotlighting four World War II veterans as they make their return to Normandy.

On Friday, “World News with Diane Sawyer” will air the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy this week for the first time since he and the Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will also report from Normandy on Friday, as he covers President Obama’s speech.

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How CBS News Remembered Maya Angelou

When Maya Angelou died Wednesday, the CBS Evening News memorialized her with her own words.

Producers asked several people from around the country: from Secretory of State John Kerry, to a student from the Chicago School for the Arts; from actor and singer Billy Dee Williams, to a teacher from North Atlanta High School, to recite lines from Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird.” WATCH:

Bill Plante on His ‘Fabulous Vantage Point for History’ During 50 Years with CBS

BPlanteCBSOn June 1, 1964, 26 year-old Bill Plante reported to work as a new correspondent for CBS News in New York.

He’d spend the next five decades with the network, traveling to Vietnam and Iceland, to Moscow and Teheran.  He’d cover every presidential campaign from 1968 on, and serve as a White House correspondent for four Presidents.

On the occasion of his 50th anniversary with CBS, Plante spoke with TVNewser, telling us his work has given him “a fabulous vantage point for history and for watching politics. I love it.”

So much so, he has no plans to retire. “I don’t have one of those wall calendars where I’m ‘x’ing’ out the days until I can go to an island somewhere,” Plante jokes.

He’s enjoying his job and proud of a news division he feels is re-energized by a return to its hard-news roots.  “All of us who’ve been around here for a long time have lived through the various phases of CBS News, some of which we liked better than others. The current phase,” he pauses to emphasize, “we like a lot.”

He cites the “CBS Evening News,” helmed by network homegrown Scott Pelley, as an example. Plante also mentions “CBS This Morning,” adding that the show’s competitors are ”all kind of doing entertainment.”

“I learned from people like [Mike] Wallace, [Walter] Cronkite, from many others,” he reflects. “I learned what was expected of good reporters. It isn’t something you can commodify easily, but you watch them work, and you see what their standards are…and you hold yourself to those same standards.”

He says CBS News maintains that journalistic integrity, declining to comment specifically about accusations of political bias at the network by former colleague Sheryl Attkisson.  ”I think we make a major effort to play it down the middle,” Plante says about the news division in general.

“I’ve never had anybody, in the last five years of covering this administration, or for that matter, the previous one, suggest that we go easy or go hard [on a particular President].”

The White House beat, and his time on the campaign trail, have provided some of the most memorable moments for Plante, along with covering the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War.

But the years of travel came at a price.

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‘Face the Nation’ Wins 2013-14 Season

Face The Nation With Bob SchiefferAlthough the Sunday public affairs shows continue to be in a tight race for the top spot from week to week, “Face the Nation” finished the 2013-14 season first in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. It was the best audience in total viewers for “Face” in 21 years, since the 1992-93 season.

ABC’s “This Week” was second for the season, followed by NBC’s “Meet the Press” in third, “Fox News Sunday” in fourth and Univision’s “Al Punto” in fifth.

Compared to last season, “Face the Nation” — which is rated on only the first half hour because it is only broadcast contiguously across about half of the CBS affiliates — was up in both total viewers and the demo.

’48 Hours’ Adds New Monday Episodes

48hours304x200The team at “48 Hours” isn’t going on summer vacation just yet. CBS has ordered new episodes of the Saturday night true crime series to air on Mondays for several weeks this summer. The Monday run begins tonight at 10pmET. The show will also continue its Saturday run. In tonight’s episode, a key witness in the murder case against an Arizona stockbroker speaks out  for the first time on network TV.

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.

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