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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.”

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.”

Steve Capus Named Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CapusSteve11Former NBC News president Steve Capus is joining CBS News as the executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and executive editor of the news division. He will begin in his new role in July.

Capus was president of NBC News for eight years, from 2005 to 2013. Before that he was executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and later Brian Williams from May 2001 to June 2005.  At CBS, he replaces Patrica Shevlin who is joining “60 Minutes.”

“The Evening News is an excellent broadcast, and we believe under Steve’s leadership it will get even better,” Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman said in a statement. “He is a real pro with an extraordinary record, and we are fortunate to have him joining us at CBS News.”

Capus will be the third “Evening News” EP in three years. Shevlin oversaw the show when Pelley joined as anchor in 2011. Before that, Rick Kaplan was EP of the show for four years, when it was the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” A few years earlier, Kaplan worked for Capus at NBC News when Kaplan was president of MSNBC. And in a further show of how small the TV news world really is, Kaplan replaced Rome Hartman as EP of “Evening News.” Hartman was later hired by Capus at NBC News to launch “Rock Center.”

Capus will now be competing head-to-head against his friend and former NBC colleague Brian Williams. Capus also produced Williams’ MSNBC show in the late 1990s before moving up the ranks at NBC News.

As Executive Editor Capus joins the CBS News management team “as a resource for colleagues around the Broadcast Center and a strategist on coverage of ongoing stories,” says David Rhodes, CBS News president.

The release and Rhodes’ note are after the jump. Read more

‘The Proverbial Perfect Storm’ of Lara Logan’s Benghazi Report

LaraLogan304In an in-depth report for New York magazine, Joe Hagan pieces together “the proverbial perfect storm” that led to Lara Logan‘s now-infamous Benghazi report on “60 Minutes” last year. The piece focuses on Jeff Fager‘s leadership of “60 Minutes,” as well as Logan’s rapid rise at CBS News, reportedly orchestrated in part because CBS chairman Les Moonves saw her “steely eyes, breathless delivery, and exotic accent as the raw material of a future star.”

Logan “delivered the kind of muscular reports that inoculated CBS against charges of a leftist agenda following the Rather incident, especially valuable in the patriotic climate after 9/11,” Hagan writes:

As Logan rose, however, Fager was left to manage the risk inherent in Moonves’s asset. Logan had a zealousness that could cross the line into recklessness, a confidence that could come off as arrogance. A common view among current and former colleagues (keeping in mind that not-for-attribution backbiting and Schadenfreude are a stock-in-trade of TV news) is that Logan’s star power blinded her superiors to her flaws. “She got everything she wanted, always, even when she was wrong, and that’s been going on since the beginning,” says a former CBS News producer who worked with her.  Read more

The Interview Scott Pelley Will Never Forget

In a “60 Minutes Overtime” piece last night, Scott Pelley reveals the interview he’ll never forget.

“Of all the interviews that I have done at ’60 Minutes’ over all of these years, that was one that I will never forget,” Pelley said about his 2010 interview with Mike Williams, who was an oil rig worker who survived the Deepwater Horizon explosion. “My goodness…he was about the best storyteller I’d ever met.”

Pelley went on to note how his interview with Williams led to congressional action in the aftermath of the BP oil spill.

TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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