Archives: August 2006
Bob Schieffer‘s CBS Evening News goodbye:
“As I mentioned earlier, tonight brings to an end my year and a half here in New York. Next week, I will be back on my old beat in Washington. We are ending just the way i like, with a scoop, the first look at our new state-of-the-art newsroom. I can’t give you a tour because it’s not quite finished yet but here is someone who will be a permanent fixture, my friend, Katie Couric.”
Couric introduced a video tribute of Schieffer. Then he concluded:
“Thank you very much. Most people don’t get to hear things like that said about them until their funeral. I’m really glad I got to hear that one. And may I say a word to each of you out there. This was a totally unexpected adventure for me but I’ve loved every minute of it. Spending this last year and a half helping to shape and sometimes guide this great news organization has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In March of last year, you invited me into your homes, but what made me feel good was is you were kind enough to invite me back. I will always remember that. Russ Mitchell will be here tomorrow and Monday, and then it will be the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Goodnight everyone. I’ll see you next time from Washington.”
As a stagehand urged the audience to applaud for Bob Schieffer‘s farewell, CBS Evening News president Sean McManus came on stage and shook the departing anchorman’s hand. And here’s what happened next:
Yes, it was the awkward half-hug. In frame one, McManus goes in for the hug… in frame two, they start the embrace… in frame three, Schieffer retreats… and in frame four McManus slinks away.
25-54 demographic: (LS)
Total day: FNC: 292 | CNN: 177 | MSNBC: 104 | HLN: 120 | CNBC: 55
Prime: FNC: 379 | CNN: 307 | MSNBC: 168 | HLN: 197 | CNBC: 76
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
Scott Collins calls this “CBS’ Final Dis to The Dan:”
“It was already telling that CBS decided to dump [Friday's primetime Dan Rather special] on the Friday before Labor Day, just days before Katie Couric assumes Rather’s old job in a burst of hype. But the network isn’t even bothering to air Rather’s show at its scheduled time on WCBS-TV in New York or KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, both owned and operated by CBS. Those outlets will instead run preseason NFL match-ups: the Eagles and the Jets in New York, the Chargers and the 49ers in L.A. In Los Angeles, Dan’s special will migrate to CBS-owned KCAL, where far fewer viewers are likely to see it. The fate of the special in the New York market is unclear; it’s not on published schedules for Friday.”
Here’s the full story…
Kyra Phillips‘ top ten excuses, from tonight’s Late Show with David Letterman:
10. Still haven’t mastered complicated on/off switch.
9. Larry King told me he does this all the time.
8. How was I supposed to know we had a reporter embedded in the bathroom.
7. I honestly never knew this sort of thing was frowned upon.
6. I couldn’t resist a chance to win $10,000 on “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
5. I was set up by those bastards at Fox News.
4. Like you’ve never gone to the bathroom and had it broadcast on national television.
3. I just wanted that hunky Lou Dobbs to notice me.
2. Okay, so I was drunk and I couldn’t think straight.
1. You have to admit, it made the speech a lot more interesting.
Ann Curry broke her nose between segments on Wednesday’s Today Show.
“We had a minute to go,” she says. “I was going into a revolving door. I hit the door so hard. I saw stars.”
Curry didn’t show up Thursday’s Today, but it wasn’t because of her nose. She’s in New Orleans, interviewing Brad Pitt. She’ll be back tomorrow…
> Thanks to MSNBC, Showbiz Tonight, the New York Times, TV Week, and others for crediting TVNewser with the Couric photo scoop. Eat the Press, MediaPost and On Deadline have more…
> Keith Olbermann‘s Wednesday night commentary is getting a lot of buzz. Here’s the transcript. “So few news people today ask the hard questions let alone speak truth to power,” an e-mailer says. “Olbermann stood up for free speech and all American citizens…”
> Bob Schieffer will appear on the Early Show tomorrow morning, the night after his last Evening News…
> Gail Shister writes about Cynthia McFadden‘s ties to Katharine Hepburn…
> “Sudanese riot police have beaten up an Aljazeera news crew and confiscated a camera while it was covering a protest in the capital Khartoum,” AlJazeera.net says…
> Press release: “With changes afoot in network television news, one thing that has not changed is NBC News’ dominance online…”
Today beat GMA by almost a million viewers last week. Compared to the same week last year, the Early Show is up in total viewers while Today and GMA are down, CBS says. But “season-to-date, Today is the only weekday morning news program to increase its total audience,” NBC says. Week of Aug 21:
Total viewers: NBC: 5,300,000 / ABC: 4,300,000 / CBS: 2,500,000
Households: NBC: 4.2/15 / ABC: 3.5/13 / CBS: 1.9/7
NEXT PAGE >>