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Archives: December 2005

2005: Fox’s Fourth Year On Top

> Dec. 21: FNC chief Roger Ailes signs five year, $25 million contract

> Dec. 21: Anchor Shep Smith returns to the Gulf Coast

> Nov. 30: Conservative “Journal Editorial Report” moving from PBS to FNC

> Nov. 19: Fox is taking a “patient approach” to Geraldo Rivera‘s sub-par ratings

> Nov. 10: FNC reports 64 percent operating income growth

> Nov. 10: FNC imitates CNN’s Situation Room

> Nov. 8: The EEOC files a lawsuit accusing VP Joe Chillemi of sexual harassment; “This is a case involving bad language,” Fox’s attorney says

> Oct. 31: Geraldo At Large scares viewers on its premiere

> Oct. 31: FNC wants $1 per subscriber from cable ops

> Oct. 28: FNC and Sirius have their first fight

> Oct. 18: XM launching “Fox News Talk” in January 06

> Oct. 18: O’Reilly is thinking about retirement; combating “evil” is hard work

> Oct. 17: FNC exploits crimes on new weekend show The Line Up

> Oct. 6: Dennis Swanson becomes Station Group president; he is expected to focus on local news

> Oct. 4: O’Reilly reups with Westwood One Radio

> Oct. 3: David Shuster slams Fox News; Fox calls Shuster “disgruntled and bitter;” Shuster warns FNC “not to start a battle;” and FNC wishes Shuster well

> Oct. 3: Sharri Berg becomes senior VP of news operations for Fox Stations Group

> Sept. 30: Former war spokesperson Dan Senor hosts “Saddam Hussein on Trial”

> Geraldo Rivera 1, Alessandra Stanley 0: NYT acknowledges there was no nudge

> Sept. 22: Fox announces Geraldo At Large, a “live, first-run strip” for the broadcast network

> Sept. 20: Shep Smith starts anchoring a 5-minute radio newscast

> Sept. 15: John Gibson to host a three-hour radio show

> Sept. 12: FNC cancels “After Hours with Cal Thomas” and “Fox Magazine”

> Sept. 5: In the wake of Katrina, Shep Smith appears on Letterman

> Aug. 26: Terrorism expert John Loftus is booted from FNC after giving out the address of a purported terrorist in California

> Aug. 22: Roger Ailes says CNN’s Sit Room make leave viewers feeling sick (but then he copies the split-screen approach)

> Aug. 16: David Asman trades the anchor desk for the documentary unit

> Aug. 15: Ailes takes charge of the Fox TV Stations Group

> Aug. 11: With 30 percent profits, FNC is “carrying” News Corp’s cable division

> Aug. 2: Following Lachlan Murdoch’s departure: Ailes is interested in improving ties between FNC and the Station Group

> July 27: Shep Smith “says he’d love to do an 11pm newscast for the Fox broadcast network,” TV Guide reports

> July 19: Bill Hemmer joins FNC as anchor/correspondent; Later, Aaron Brown covers Hemmer up

> July 16: GM Bert Solivan becomes EVP of Fox Interactive Media

> June 22: O’Reilly bans Curt Weldon from the Factor; Congressman Responds on House Floor

> June 14: Geraldo signs a four-year correspondent with FNC and becomes “correspondent at large”

> June 12: Howard Dean calls FNC a “propaganda outlet for the Republican party”

> June 3: FNC downplays the discovery of Deep Throat

> May 31: FNC names Janet Alshouse the senior VP for international distribution; Later, Vipp Jaswal becomes VP

> May 24: Bill O’Reilly and the L.A. Times have a battle

> May 18: Rumors of a Fox broadcast morning show

> May 13: Rita Cosby and FNC part ways

> May 6: FNC plans to at least double its licensing fee

> Apr. 21: O’Reilly loofah accuser Andrea Mackris purchases a condo for $809,000

> Apr. 19: FNC’s first wireless venture: A deal with Sprint streams the net to cell phones

> Apr. 1: Fox’s Shep Smith kills the Pope, then retracts the report

> Mar. 16: FNC forces a newspaper to correct a statement that the net is “consciously biased”

> Mar. 16: Previewing FNC’s carriage-renewal conversations

> Feb. 17: Steve Harrigan’s hotel in the Congo comes under fire; he calls the Foreign Desk and they alert U.N. troops

> Feb. 14: Tony Snow is diagnosed with colon cancer

> Feb. 10: Fox hires staffers for a Fair & Balanced Radio Network

> Feb. 6: Geraldo declares that Michael Jackson is not guilty

> Jan. 25: Ted Turner compares FNC’s popularity to that of Hitler’s; FNC wishes him well

> Jan. 19: Suzanne Scott becomes network executive producer

> Jan. 6: Kevin Magee becomes senior VP of Fox News Radio

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2005: CNN Wants To Be “Essential”

> Dec. 16: Bob Novak leaves CNN after 25 years

> Dec. 5: Pipeline launches in HD; Jim Walton calls it “our first major effort to move our live video assets online”

> Dec. 2: Lou Dobbs receives a Lifetime Achievement Emmy

> Nov. 26: North Korea says a CNN documentary is “full of sheer lies”

> Nov. 21: Drudge gets excited about a CNN “X” glitch

> Nov. 15: Brown says CNN has “lost its way”

> Nov. 8: Cooper premieres at 10pm, thanks Brown

> Nov. 7: The Anderson Cooper/Ashleigh Banfield comparisons begin

> Nov. 3: Klein says “the whole country is talking about Anderson”

> Nov. 2: Klein takes Brown off the air; a “true shame;” fire and?

> Nov. 2: Anderson Cooper 360 moves to 10pm; expands to two hours; The Situation Room moves to 7pm

> Oct. 25: CNN cancels Daybreak, expands American Morning

> Oct. 20: On NewsNight, Brown “treats his co-star like a senior statesman humoring a whippersnapper”

> Oct. 20: Who needs Costas? Ryan Seacrest subs for Larry

> Oct. 14: CNN expands Reliable Sources to a full hour

> Oct. 12: NewsNight is a “work in progress,” and it’s not working, Tim Goodman says

> Oct. 4: Cooper lands a $1 million+ book deal
> Sept. 30: Klein says Aaron and Anderson are “fire and ice”

> Sept. 29: Happy 20th birthday to CNN International — now let us watch it in the U.S.!

> Sept. 17: CNN airs photos of Katrina’s missing children for 40+ hours

> Sept. 17: Jack Cafferty says The Situation Room “is a telethon without a disease”

> Sept. 8: Brown and Cooper begin co-hosting a two-hour edition of NewsNight

> Aug. 16: Jim Walton’s e-mailbox is clogged with 10,000 conservatives

> Aug. 16: Midwest bureau chief Edith Chapin becomes chief in NYC

> Aug. 8: CNN unveils The Situation Room

> Aug. 5: CNN’s stalwart political program, Inside Politics, dissapears

> Aug. 4: Bob Novak says “bullshit” and walks off the set of Inside Politics; He doesn’t appear on CNN again for four months

> July 19: CNN replaces its weekend business shows with general news programs. “We are finding new and better ways to showcase” our biz coverage, Klein says

> July 18: At the press tour, CNN stands by Bob Novak

> July 10: CNN uses Iraq war technology to create “Hurricane One”

> June 23: On the Story is moving to GWU

> June 10: “It’s going to take a couple of years to show meaningful and sustainable ratings growth,” Klein says

> June 8: Bob Costas becomes a sub for Larry King

> June 7: Jon Klein is reshaping the entire network

> June 6: Bill Hemmer leaving CNN; The O’Brien’s to anchor American Morning

> June 3: David Doss becomes EP of 360; Victor Neufeld become EP of Paula Zahn Now; Mark Nelson becomes senior EP of editorial content

> June 3: After 23 years and thousands of debates, Crossfire concludes

> June 3: Judy Woodruff says goodbye to CNN

> June 1: CNN’s 25th birthday. Reflections: 1, 2, 3 and a party

> May 31: Liveblogging from the CNN World Report Conference: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

> May 18: Larry King is called to court as a witness in the Michael Jackson trial, but the judge dismisses the testimony as irrelevant

> May 16: announces free video; “premium product” to launch in fall with multiple live video streams

> May 10: A simulcast of CNNI’s Your World Today is coming to the noon time slot

> May 2: NEXT@CNN is cancelled and the Science/Technology Unit is disbanded

> Apr. 28: Judy Woodruff decides to leave CNN; she is offered a new contract, but it would have been a demotion

> Mar. 16: Larry King re-ups through 2009

> Mar. 10: Frank Sesno rejoins CNN

> Mar. 1: Kim Bondy is named the VP of morning programming

> Feb. 22: CNN creates the “America bureau”

> Feb. 11: Executive vice president Eason Jordan resigns; “He’s getting unfairly railroaded,” a CNNer says; He was “aggressive and passionate” about making life safer for journalists

> Feb. 8: The rumblings about “EasonGate” begin

> Jan. 26: Two former CNNfn shows, Dolans Unscripted and Open House, join CNN’s weekend lineup

> Jan. 13: “Okay, the tsunami is over. Now what?”

> Jan. 13: Gail Shister suggests 360 could be expanded to two hours and Anderson Cooper could move to 10pm

> Jan. 7: Carlson’s last day on Crossfire; Also: Klein wants to highlight reporters in primetime

> Jan. 6: Klein tries to mimic HBO’s storytelling abilities with a quickie tsunami doc called “Saving the Children”

> Jan. 5: Tucker Carlson leaves CNN; Jon Klein says Crossfire will probably be folded into the network’s other programming

2005: Grace Awakens Headline News

> Dec. 19: Nancy Grace is coming to the weekends

> Dec. 19: Ken Jautz cites “record ratings growth” in 2005

> Dec. 14: NY mental patient is stalking Grace

> Oct. 20: Entertainment correspondent and sports anchor join Robin & Co.

> Oct. 3: Karyn Brant is off Showbiz Tonight

> Aug. 9: The network schedules a pilot called Talking Points, then postpones it

> June 28: Headline News beats MSNBC in total day and prime

> June 7: Nancy Grace begins promoting a new book, and she grants her first interview to Larry King

> Apr. 18: HLN changes its primetime schedule to give Nancy Grace two primetime airings

> Apr. 5: HLN starts to air car chases

> Mar. 31: Headline Prime is a “sizeable investment”

> Mar. 21: Ken Jautz is happy with the HLN Prime ratings; “It’s a good start,” he says

> Feb. 21: Headline News introduces “dramatic changes;” Showbiz Tonight and Nancy Grace premiere

> Feb. 9: HLN is dropping the ticker and becoming more “CNN-ish”

> Jan. 13: Gail Shister suggests 360 could be expanded to two hours and Anderson Cooper could move to 10pm

> Jan. 13: CNN and HLN will “complement each other”

> Jan. 12: Showbiz Tonight and Nancy Grace are announced; more on Jan. 13

2005: MSNBC Shows Signs Of Life

> Dec. 23: NBCU to acquire a controlling interest in MSNBC; Microsoft slowly backs away from the cable news net, but retains 50 percent interest in

> Dec. 22: Steve Capus is pleased by MSNBC’s recent strides

> Dec. 15: names Jennifer Sizemore managing editor

> Dec. 12: MSNBC launches a big online ad campaign

> Dec. 10: Dis-Connected

> Nov. 15: MSNBC cancels weekend entertainment shows and cans Connected

> Nov. 9: Keith Olbermann is “the future of news”

> Nov. 7: Connie Chung and Maury Povich to host Saturday morning show

> Oct. 7: Countdown counts “thirteen coincidences” when terror alerts “just happened” to come at a convenient time for the Bush administration

> Sept. 23: streams MSNBC during Hurricane Rita

> Sept. 13: Situation EP Bill Wolff becomes MSNBC’s executive in charge of primetime

> Aug. 21: Joe Scarborough considers a Senate run, then declines

> Aug. 12: “Interim primetime coordinator” Bruce Perlmutter leaves MSNBC

> Aug. 10: Kaplan and Olbermann reportedly engage in a newsroom shouting match

> Aug. 8: Rita Cosby Live & Direct premieres

> July 11: Imus is being sued again; MSNBC is a defendant

> June 30: The NYP says NBC is weighing a plan to merge CNBC and MSNBC under one roof; a spokesperson discounts the story

> June 29: OJR says NBC and Microsoft could end their joint venture in 3 to 6 months

> June 21: Chris Jansing begins the Ethical Edge

> June 13: The Situation with Tucker Carlson premieres at 9pm

> May 13: Rita Cosby is promised a primetime anchor spot at MSNBC

> May 1: Drudge says MSNBC WILL be renamed the NBC News Channel

> Apr. 11: beats for the first month

> Mar. 7: Rename it “NBC News Channel!”

> Mar. 3: Microsoft and NBC are in discussions about a deal “that could result in NBC taking full control” of MSNBC, the NYP reports

> Feb. 17: Kaplan’s one-year anniversary as MSNBC president

> Feb. 15: Connected: Coast to Coast premieres at noon and 5pm

> Feb. 7: Imus moves to “cleaner” studios in Secaucus

> Feb. 2: MSNBC officially announces that Tucker Carlson is joining th
e net

> Jan. 14: Deborah Norville signs off from the 9pm time slot

> Jan. 11: MSNBC introduces “Up to the Minutes” newsbreaks

> Jan. 6: MSNBC announces “at the Movies” and “Entertainment Hot List;” an insider says it’s Rick Kaplan’s first attempt to increase weekend viewership

> Jan. 4: Kristine Johnson becomes MSNBC anchor

2005: New Execs, New Shows At CNBC

> Dec. 27: CNBC receives “tens of thousands” of complaints about the new graphics

squawk.jpg > Dec. 19: CNBC premieres Worldwide Exchange and new Squawk Box; Viewers immediately complain about the graphical changes

> Dec. 15: CNBC receives its first ever DuPont award (for Wal-Mart doc)

> Dec. 7: Is CNBC learning to promote its talent?

> Dec. 8: Josh Howard becomes long-form VP

> Nov. 22: Maria Bartiromo’s contract negotiations are at the center of CNBC’s business day schedule changes

> Nov. 15: CNBC announces an expansion of Squawk Box; Mark Haines is pushed aside; Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla become tri-anchors

> Nov. 15: CNBC schedules early morning global biz show

> Oct. 7: Elisabeth Sami becomes VP of global business development

> Oct. 4: CNBC launches “On the Money” at 7pm

> Sep 19: Pamela Thomas-Graham leaves CNBC for Liz Claiborne; Later, she defends her tenure

> Sept. 17: CNBCers are ordered to “turn up the heat”

> Sept. 13: Jeremy Pink becomes VP of international distribution

> Aug. 25: CNBC launches “High Net Worth,” a Sunday evening show for “America’s affluent”

> Aug. 22: Donny Deutsch throws a party to “celebrate the success” of his very-very-low-rated Big Idea

> July 28: Tyler Mathisen becomes managing editor of business news

> July 21: CNBC assumes control of the CNN International channels as Dow Jones exits their partnership

> July 14: Bob Meyers is out as primetime programming chief; Susan Krakower assumes duties

> May 30: Pamela Thomas-Graham has 15,000 shares of stock, despite a CNBC policy prohibiting ownership

> May 30: Tina Brown, who could never find an audience on CNBC, bids adieu to Topic A

> May 17: Glen Rochkind becomes VP of business news

> May 11: Hoffman cancels Dennis Miller and begins developing a new business day program for the 7pm hour

> Apr. 7: CNBC receives its first-ever Peabody award, for “The Age of Wal-Mart”

> Mar. 24: Have you watched Mad Money yet?

> Feb. 8: Kudlow & Cramer becomes Kudlow & Co.

> Feb. 7: Pamela Thomas-Graham is shoved aside as Mark Hoffman is named CNBC president

> Jan. 25: The Big Idea returns, but no one notices

> Jan. 7: Bullseye will be replaced by Mad Money with Jim Cramer

> Jan. 5: The NYDN says “Pamela Thomas-Graham could be exiting” soon

2005: NBC #1; Changes At The Top

For the rest of this year’s news about NBC News check the NBC category.

> Dec. 28: In Q4, NBC Nightly News beats ABC by over 1 million viewers

> Dec. 21: NBC correspondents may decertify AFTRA

> Dec. 12: A Dateline NBC producer asks two governors to grant a death penalty waiver; Later, NBC says “appropriate action” has been taken

> Dec. 12: Who would replace Katie Couric? Part two

> Dec. 6: Couric speaks! “I’m figuring out what I want to do and when I want to do it,” she tells TV Guide

> Dec. 3: Who would replace Katie Couric? Part one

> Nov. 29: NN widens its lead: Brian Williams beats WNT by more than one million viewers for 5 of the last 6 weeks

> Nov. 29: Steve Capus becomes NBC News prez

> Nov. 28: Couric doesn’t know if she’ll stay at NBC

> Nov. 25: Two Macy’s parade-goers are injured on Thanksgiving, but Katie and Matt don’t tell viewers

> Nov. 24: 15 staffers are laid off from Dateline

> Oct. 31: The NBC Nightly News is going online

> Oct. 28: Tim Russert‘s role in the CIA leak investigation is revealed

> Oct. 15: Michelle Kosinski is up a flood without a paddle

> Oct. 10: You know it’s a good day in hurricane coverage when…

> Oct. 4: Williams returns to the Gulf Coast (and again in December)

> Sept. 22: Jeff Zucker tells staffers to expect layoffs as NBC faces a budget crunch

> Sept. 20: NBC partners with Habitat for Humanity to build homes at “Humanity Plaza;” More

> Sept. 19: Could Campbell Brown replace Couric?

> Sept. 15: Cheryl Gould is promoted to senior VP

> Sept. 6: Neal Shapiro steps down; Steve Capus becomes acting president of NBC News

> Aug. 23: Williams: “I would like to know who my competitors will be”

> Aug. 17: David Verdi, Mark Lukasiewicz promoted to VP positions

> Aug. 6: Bob Wright is looking for a “news czar”

> Aug. 1: “Couric has met twice with CBS CEO Les Moonves, and will reach a decision about her future this fall”

> July 25: NBC corres
pondent Jim Cummins accuses a Catholic archdiosese in Iowa of covering up two instances of sexual abuse that happened to him in 1962

> July 21: Andrea Mitchell is “roughed up” and “manhandled” by Sudanese officials; She blogs about it

> July 6: NBC Nightly News is the #1 evening newscast for 52 consecutive weeks

> June 29: NBC teases ABC for skipping presidential speech analysis in favor of a George Lopez re-run

> June 22: NBC cuts deal for exclusive access on First Lady’s trip to Africa

> June 13: Couric scores the first Runaway Bride sit-down

> June 9: Bill Wheatley, the “heart and soul” of NBC News, retires

> June 6: Capus moves up to senior VP; Also, John Reiss becomes Nightly News EP

> May 26: Amy Rosenblum becomes senior producer of Today II

> May 25: Shapiro’s days as NBC News president are numbered; The NYT says he WANTS to leave

> May 16: Ann Curry becomes co-anchor of Dateline NBC

> Apr. 29: Zucker is pressuring Couric to sign a three-year contract when her current one expires in May ’06

> Apr. 20: NBC vet Jim Bell is named executive producer of Today

> Apr. 19: Touchet is ousted from Today; and MSNBC VP Phil Griffin named exec in charge of Today

> Mar. 25: Howard Reig, the voice of NBC News for almost 62 years, signs off

> Mar. 10: Alex Wallace is named EP of Weekend Today

> Feb. 9: A conflict of interest for U.N. correspondent Linda Fasulo?

> Jan. 17: Newspapers buzz about Couric’s possible departure to CBS

> Jan. 3: Capus predicts the tsunami will be “one of the events that is going to define Brian Williams”

2005: ABC Replaces Two With Five

For the rest of this year’s news about ABC News check the ABC category.

> Dec. 16: Ex-ABC reporter Richard Gizbert wins a U.K. unfair-dismissal suit

> Dec. 5: GMA announces an XM satellite radio show

> Dec. 14: Michael Clemente takes charge of “ABC Digital News”

> Dec. 12: The skeptics weigh in on ABC’s West Coast WNT plan

> Dec. 7: V&W will be “a real partnership,” Vargas says

> Dec. 6: Charlie Gibson wanted the job, but not on ABC’s terms

> Dec. 5: Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff become anchors of World News Tonight; ABC announces webcast and Web site expansion; V&W tell viewers

> Dec. 3: Nightline tries to hold a town hall in Baghdad

> Nov. 30: A bunch of negative Nightline reviews

> Nov. 29: In the wee hours, ABC launches the new, LIVE Nightline

> Nov. 23: Ted Koppel signs off: “Give this new Nightline anchor team a fair break. If you don’t, I promise you the network will just put another comedy show in this time slot. Then you’ll be sorry”

> Nov. 21: Nightline’s “primary correspondents:” Vicki Mabrey, Chris Bury and John Donvan

> Nov. 17: At Koppel’s farewell party, he tells the new Nightliners: “I don’t know if everyone will give you a fair amount of time, but I promise you I will”

> Nov. 8: WNT launches “Quit to Live” stop-smoking campaign

> Nov. 7: Koppel warns ABC not to tweak Nightline to appeal to a younger demo

> Nov. 3: GMA celebrates its 30th anniversary; It looks great in HDTV

> Oct. 24: B&C floats Diane Sawyer‘s name for the WNT anchor chair; ABC quickly denies it

> Oct. 18: Goldston says “no one has presented any evidence that we’re softening Nightline”

> Oct. 17: ABC officially names Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Martin Bashir co-anchors of Nightline; The program will move to a multi-topic format and air live at 11:35 p.m.

> Oct. 12: Tony Perkins says he is leaving GMA for WTTG in D.C.

> Oct. 5: Koppel and Tom Bettag are rumored to be working on a deal with HBO

> Sept. 24: WNT beats NN two quarters in a row in the 25-54 demo

> Sept. 24: ABC airs a six hour edition of GMA Weekend for Rita

> Sept. 9: Nightline is #1 in its timeslot the week of Katrina

> Remembering Peter Jennings

> Aug. 1: Nightline broadcasts an interview with the mastermind of the Beslan school massacre; Russia condemns the program and declares ABC to be “persona non grata”

> July 28: James Goldston will take over for Bettag as Nightline EP at the end of the year

> July 14: Nightline’s first HDTV broadcast airs

> June 7: Woodruff begins reporting exclusively from North Korea

> May 23: ABC News is preparing to podcast

> May 23: ABC names Kathy O’Hearn EP of This Week

> May 9: Robin Roberts is promoted to GMA anchor

> Apr. 18: The NYT says ABC’s corporate parents are committed to news at 11:35pm, post-Koppel

> Apr. 4: ABC News Now turns into a “multimedia news initiative”

> Mar. 31: Koppel says he is leaving ABC; Also, his note to viewers and speculation about his future; he says he wants to “go on making great television”

> Mar. 14: 20/20 EP David Sloan is named interim EP of Primetime Live

> Mar. 1: Bashir testifies in the Michael Jackson trial

> Feb. 16: Talk of Koppel moving to This Week, and George S. moving to Nightline

> Feb. 7: ABC shoots a Nightline replacement pilot; The working title is “ABC Times Square”

> Jan. 24: ABC News Now leaves airwaves and cable’s digital tiers; Network says it is beginning negotiations with distributors

> Jan. 21: ABCers buzz about their historic inauguration broadcast in HDTV

2005: At CBS, Fixing ‘News’

For the rest of this year’s news about CBS News, check the CBS category.

> Dec. 26: Lara Logan is “absolutely fearless”

> Dec. 20: CBS is restructuring the political unit; Dotty Lynch is leaving

> Dec. 13: The CBS Evening News enjoys ratings gains; Bob Schieffer says CBS has been “standing still” for 5 years, but that’s changing

> Dec. 6: Report: If Katie Couric comes to CBS, she will contribute to 60 Minutes

> Dec. 1: The LAT says Sean McManus is “doggedly courting” Couric and she is “seriously considering” a move to CBS

> Nov. 29: CBS announces that Rome Hartman will become EP of the CBS Evening News; Jim Murphy is in talks about a new assignment

> Nov. 28: Les Moonves is wooing Couric “with a new urgency;” Later, any announcement is “a little bit down the road”

> Nov. 23: Logan is a rising star at CBS

> Nov. 15: CBS senior VP Marcy McGinnis “steps aside”

> Nov. 10: Dan Rather returns to 60 Minutes

> Nov. 8: Mary Mapes begins her book tour. “I don’t think I committed bad journalism,” she says

> Oct. 27: It’s talent shopping time for McManus

> Oct. 26: McManus takes the helm of CBS. “We can build upon its legacy and become even more successful,” he says

> Oct. 26: Andrew Heyward is leaving CBS News; he says goodbye to colleagues, but says he isn’t leaving the media business

> Oct. 19: 60 Minutes experiments with a limited commercial, single sponsorship broadcast

> Oct. 1: Heyward says “the notion of objectivity in mainstream news needs to be reexamined”

> Sept. 27: “Twenty-two minutes on the Evening News is very unappealing,” Couric says

> Sept. 22: “Changing of the guard” at 60 Minutes

> Aug. 17: Interns help CBS reinvent the Evening News

> July 12: CBS announces a “broadband news network” in the form of; It’s a philosophical shift for CBS News; Also, a preview of Public Eye

> June 23: “The web is going to be our cable news network,” CBS Digital prez Larry Kramer says

> May 26: About 50 staffers of 60 Minutes Wednesday lose their jobs

> May 23: The Viacom entertainment division offers Evening News input

> Ma
y 18:
Moonves confirms that he had a “conversation” with Couric about the CBS anchor chair

> May 18: Tarred by Memogate, 60 Minutes Wednesday is cancelled

> Apr. 26: Heyward says Schieffer will be anchoring “for the foreseeable future”

> Apr. 21: Schieffer loosens up the Evening News, emphasizes the correspondents, and Moonves likes what he sees

> Mar 22: Josh Howard leaves CBS; Also, Mapes signs a book deal

> Mar. 10: Schieffer takes the helm, calling it a “daunting” honor

> Mar. 9: Dan Rather signs off the CBS Evening News with “courage;” For Viacom, an opportunity to remake the broadcast

> Feb. 25: Memogaters Mary Murphy and Betsy West leave CBS News

> Feb. 1: “Schieffer…will serve as the interim anchor of the CBS Evening News for a short transition period”

> Jan. 21: One of the first big mentions of correspondent Lara Logan

> Jan. 18: The AP says “CBS will probably replace Dan Rather on the evening news with a multi-anchor, perhaps multi-city format”

> Jan. 12: Moonves: “We’re looking to do things differently”

> Jan. 11: Moonves is “not even close” to choosing Dan Rather’s replacement; Bob Schieffer’s name is floated for the interim

> Jan. 10: CBS News releases an independent panel’s Memogate report; Betsy West, Josh Howard, Mary Murphy, and Mary Mapes are asked to resign; Heyward stays; the panel does not conclude whether the documents were authentic

> Jan 3.: Heyward meets with the White House to “repair chilly relations with the Bush administration”

2005: This Year’s Interviews

> Dec. 15: Keith Summa, producer, Peter Jennings Productions

> Dec. 13: Jon Klein, CNN/U.S. president

> Dec. 5: Jon Banner, executive producer, World News Tonight

> Dec. 1: Steve Capus, NBC News president

> Nov. 29: Rome Hartman, executive producer, CBS Evening News

> Nov. 21: James Goldston, executive producer, Nightline

> Nov. 16: Mark Hoffman, CNBC president

> Oct. 24: Chad Myers, CNN severe weather expert

> Sept. 14: Juliet Huddy, co-host of DaySide

huddydec31.jpg > Sept. 14: Jon Klein, president, CNN/U.S.

> Aug. 21: David Ensor, CNN national security correspondent

> Aug. 1: Jeff Gralnick, NBC News special consultant

> July 29: Carlson and MSNBC president Rick Kaplan

> June 25: Al Hunt, Capital Gang panelist

> June 13: Tucker Carlson, MSNBC host

> June 6: Zain Verjee, anchor, CNNI’s Your World Today

> June 2: Kevin Magee, senior VP of Fox News Radio

> Apr. 18: John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent

> Apr. 7: Shep Smith, FNC anchor, in Rome

> Mar. 22: Gloria Borger, national political correspondent, CBS News

> Feb. 7: Mark Hoffman, CNBC president

> Jan. 13: Bill Shine, Fox News senior vice president of programming

> Jan. 10: Linda Mason, CBS Senior VP For Standards & Special Projects

> Jan. 6: Kevin Magee, senior VP of Fox News Radio

2005: You Heard It Here First

TVNewser had more than its fair share of scoops this year:

> Nov. 29: Senior VP Sid Bedingfield leaves CNN

> Nov. 16: CNN Pipeline, with four live streams, will cost $24.95 a year or 99 cents a day

> Nov. 14: “Significant changes” are coming to Squawk Box; New global business program is coming to CNBC’s early morning

> Nov. 2: More NBC News Netcasts are on the way

> Oct. 31: Aaron and Anderson are being separated, and Brown’s future at CNN is in doubt

> Sept. 29: The Brown-Cooper pairing becomes “permanent;” EP shuffle

> Sept. 17: Terry Moran, Cynthia McFadden, and Martin Bashir will be the hosts of the new ‘Nightline’

> Aug. 29: CNN cancels People in the News and expands documentary unit

> Aug. 19: Holloway overload: Substitute host Bob Costas refuses to fill in for Larry King; Later, he explained why

> Aug. 13: It seems Linda Vester won’t be returning to DaySide

> Aug. 9: Behind the scenes of The Situation Room premiere

> July 29: MSNBC’s Carlson to 11pm, making way for Cosby

> July 19: Rita Cosby will host “Live & Direct” on MSNBC

> July 5: CNN’s premium product is called Pipeline; it will include a live newscast from 8am to 8pm

> June 22: Linda Vester is going on maternity leave; a replacement host for FNC’s DaySide will be named soon

> June 17: “Production and technical personnel at FNC were exposed to diazinon, a neurotoxin class insecticide banned by the EPA for indoor use since the year 2000,” and OSHA is investigating. June 22: A recap of the situation

> June 3: American Morning is moving to the Time Warner Center

> May 28: The Situation with Tucker Carlson is taking MSNBC’s 9pm slot

> May 25: CNBC is developing a 7pm “newscast of record for the business world;” it’s set to debut in September

> May 6: Eason Jordan wants to establish a security company for journos and contractors in Iraq

> May 3: CNN may cancel Inside Politics and expand Wolf Blitzer’s afternoon role

> Mar. 14: Primetime Live EP Shelley Ross is “assuming new duties within ABC”

> Mar. 7: A CNN insider says execs are stressing “quality,” but it’s an illusion; In response, the execs fire off a memo warning employees not to leak information

> Feb. 15: The executive producer of NewsNight is “let go”

> Jan. 20: Behind the scenes of MSNBC’s inauguration broadcast

> Jan. 14: Imus is bringing his broadcast to MSNBC’s Secaucus HQ

> Jan. 11: Karyn Bryant and A.J. Hammer will co-host HLN’s Showbiz Tonight

> Jan. 5: Tucker Carlson leaves CNN; network is developing a new afternoon show