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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.”

In Profile: Abrams, Artley, Capus

Dan Abrams and his son Everett are on the cover of Hamptons Magazine‘s December issue. Abrams discusses his new restaurant, love of wine and running MSNBC.

Running MSNBC was an interesting experience, but I think it convinced me that what I thought I wanted to do was run a network, but what I really wanted to do was run my own media company. That’s what led me to start all these web properties.

Meredith Artley was recently promoted to editor-in-chief of CNN Digital. She was profiled for Fast Company and discussed women in media, her new role and detaching from the hectic life of a 24/7 newser.

There’s a line outside of my office of people who want to talk to me about ideas and cool things they could do, and we just need to start putting even more of that in motion. So that’s one of the things I’m really excited about with this job

The Philadelphia Business Journal spoke with Steve Capus, executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” The Bucks County native discussed his time in local news, moving from NBC to CBS and the future of TV news.

There is an inevitable change and that’s why we launched CBSN. As long as you are a trusted source of news, the distribution channel doesn’t matter as much. If we have to move to tablets or phones, that’s fine. But in 2014, people still turn to television to be informed about big events. And the people working in TV news are just as talented as when I was working for KYW. So I’m excited about the future.


Mandy Patinkin Studied Bob Simon’s Kidnapping for ‘Homeland’ Research

bobsimon“60 Minutes” senior foreign correspondent Bob Simon visited “Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin on location in South Africa.

For today’s “60 Minutes Overtime” web exclusive, Patinkin took Simon and crew on a tour of the “Homeland” set, which Simon found very realistic. “The extent to which those two blocks look like Pakistan for me was mind-blowing,” Simon recalls. “To see how they created a foreign land was something staggering.”

Simon, who was famously captured by Iraqi forces back in 1991, chronicled his experience in the book, Forty Days. Patinkin’s “Homeland” character is going through a similar experience, and the actor studied Simon’s experience during the first Gulf War to prepare for his role on the show this season. Read more

’48 Hours’ To Air Video Diaries From Mexican Jail

FRICaptureCBS News gave former reality show producer Bruce Beresford-Redman a GoPro camera to document his life behind bars. For the last four months, Beresford-Redman has recorded a video diary of his experience inside Benito Juarez prison in Cancun.

Beresford-Redman is on trial for the 2010 murder of his wife Monica. He’s been in prison for the last three years. ”48 Hours” correspondent Troy Roberts has been following the case from the beginning and arranged with prison guards to give Beresford-Redman the GoPro. CBS tells us no money exchanged hands; not to Mexican authorities nor to the accused killer.

“For many years I worked in reality TV and the reality of reality television, even at its best – it’s a world that’s created,” Beresford-Redman says. “Being here is real. It’s real.”

Beresford-Redman remains incarcerated with upwards of 10 others in a 12 x 15-foot cell designed for three people. He describes the Mexican prison system as a dirty, rat-infested village with razor wire around it. There are about 1,800 men, women and some children living in a prison originally built for 700 people.

“It is almost impossible to live in the present because the present is just absolutely miserable,” he says.

Beresford-Redman’s video diary will air as a special “48 Hours: Prison Diaries” tonight at 8pm ET.

Charles Osgood Has the Most Awesome Parlor in all of Manhattan

Charles Osgood, anchor “CBS Sunday Morning” and “The Osgood File” hosted an intimate Westwood One client event at his home in New York City last night. “The Osgood File” is distributed by Westwood One. Osgood tinkled the ivories of his stunning Steinway in his splendid oak paneled library filled with many leather-bound books. Then they all went out to eat at the Red Lobster. We kid. They actually went somewhere much more grand: Olive Garden.


Rich Eisen’s Stolen Production Truck Found (Well, Most Of It)

20141023_EisenShowStolenTruckEven in anything-goes South Florida, it’s not easy to hide a 48-foot television production truck. The multi-million dollar rig, in town for DirecTV and CBS Sports’ Rich Eisen to do the Thursday night Miami Dolphins-Buffalo Bills game, was stolen from a hotel parking lot. The Miami Herald reports Miami-Dade Police tracked it down, mostly intact, with only the truck’s cab missing.

No leads on suspects just yet, but the truck itself has popped up on Twitter:


Al Jazeera Knocks ’60 Minutes’ Ebola Report

Al Jazeera’s new app, AJ+, hopes you’ll quit “60 Minutes” and try their video service instead, suggesting the coverage will be bias-free. As we’ve reported, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan is in voluntary quarantine following her travels to Liberia to report on the Ebola outbreak. Logan’s exposure to the disease has gotten most of the post-story attention, but there have been critics of the story, among them, author Howard French who called Logan’s report “Africa without Africans,” noting that “60 Minutes” failed to talk to any of the people impacted most by the outbreak.

“Liberians as screen extras,” French called it. To be fair, Logan herself noted in the story that “we want to talk to some of the patients, but you have to keep your distance.”

Al Jazeera has seized on the criticism in a new video promo for the network’s AJ+ app, asking “is there a better way to cover the Ebola crisis?” Posted to the AJ+ page on YouTube, the video’s description says of the CBS story, “is this another example of a larger media bias in reporting on Ebola? Or is this the only way to get attention in the U.S.?”

Lara Logan Self-Quarantines Following Reporting Trip to Africa

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 7.17.41 PMIt’s rare for a “60 Minutes” correspondent not to introduce their own story. Tonight, Lara Logan, back for her second story this season, reported from Libera on the Ebola outbreak, and the American medical professionals trying to help contain it. Scott Pelley introduced Logan’s story adding that she was on a 21-day self-quarantine.

Logan and her crew were in close proximity to confirmed cases. Her stand-up was done in front of a man named George, who survived, and his son William, who didn’t. Logan is quarantined in her native South Africa and talked about the experience, via FaceTime, with “60 Minutes” overtime.

Geoff Mabberley, a high desk adviser working for CBS News, traveled with the team and is also quarantined. His job was to make sure that Logan and her team did not come in contact with Ebola.

“Geoff just watched us every minute of the day,” Logan says. “[He] sprayed us with chlorine and disinfected everything: the drivers, the cars, the luggage – every time you got out, came out of somewhere.”

Jon Stewart on ‘Meet the Press:’ ‘They’re Confused’

StewartSundayFor “CBS Sunday Morning,” Mo Rocco asks Jon Stewart about being approached by NBC about the possibility of taking his act to the venerable “Meet the Press.”

“They didn’t offer me anything, it was just one of those, like, ‘What do you think about that?’ kind of conversations,” Stewart says.

Rocco: “And what did you say about that?”

Stewart: “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

Rocco’s interview with Stewart airs this Sunday. As for the venerable “Sunday Morning,” the CBS News broadcast drew more than six million viewers last Sunday, its biggest audience since March and up +6% in viewers compared to the same Sunday last year. Season-to-date, the show is up +8% in the A25-54 demo and up +6% in viewers.

See the Stewart clip (where he also talks about the family pets) after the jump. Read more

Happy 60th Birthday ‘Face the Nation’

FTN60Pres. Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W. Bush will be Bob Schieffer‘s guests Sunday as “Face the Nation” celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The CBS News public affairs show debuted 60 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1954. It was originally broadcast Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm. The first host was Tedd Koop. The first guest was Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a month before McCarthy was censured by the Senate.

Schieffer has moderated the show for more than a third of its existence, since 1991. Previous hosts include Lesley Stahl (1983-1991) and Howard K. Smith (1960-1961). Yesterday NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the longest running show on television, celebrated its 67th anniversary.

Low-Key, Glitch-Free Launch of CBSN


It didn’t look like launch day at CBSN, and that’s a big achievement. Freed from the burden of launch day hoopla and high expectations, CBS News turned on its brand new live streaming news channel Thursday, and did so without a hitch. The motto is “Always On,” and for the bosses on West 57th Street, getting it on and keeping it on without a meltdown–not so much as a hiccup in the hours we watched–is a win for CBS News and the digital gurus at CBS Interactive.

Will it work? Who knows. But the potential is there, if CBS is willing to give CBSN time to evolve, experiment, and find its own pace and style. On day one, there’s little flash, no rush, and plenty of potential. Read more