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David Westin, Piers Morgan, Koran Pastor: The Media Week that Was

Today on “FOX News Watch” and tomorrow on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” watch as mediagazers discuss the past week’s big media stories: including the coverage of the planned Koran burning, the resignation of ABC News President David Westin and the worst-kept media secret of the year: Piers Morgan joining CNN early next year.

The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie, and former CBS News boss Andrew Heyward are among Howard Kurtz‘s guests tomorrow on “Reliable Sources.”

Earlier: TVNewser interview with Piers Morgan

What David Westin’s ABC Departure says about the Future of TV News

In the wake of David Westin‘s announcement this week that he’s stepping down after 13 years as president of ABC News, networks should initiate informal five-year term limits on news division chiefs.

Heyward_9.8.jpgSo says Andrew Heyward, (left) president of CBS News from 1996 to 2005.

“If the media continues to evolve and change at anything like the pace it has, you need a regular infusion of new ideas and new leadership,” says Heyward, a media consultant whose clients have included NBC News.

“These are very demanding jobs,” he says. “They’ve become incredibly complex in the last 10 years. The pressures have been building since the ’80s. They aren’t the statesmanlike positions they were when network news was invented.”

In Heyward’s view, the perfect candidate for ABC “would balance reverence for what is … valuable about network news with a willingness to consider pretty radical change. That’s more likely to happen with somebody who hasn’t been there for a decade or so.”

By Heyward’s yardstick, NBC’s Steve Capus and CBS’s Sean McManus would both be lame ducks. And the late, great Roone Arledge, who ruled ABC from 1977 to ’98, would have exploded the metric.

Lone exception to Heyward’s rule: Fox News top gun Roger Ailes, whom he says will remain in office “for at least 100 years.” (FYI: Heyward says he has never consulted for Fox.)

While some experts say Westin’s departure signals Disney intention to get out of the network-TV business, others insist it’s too early to tell.

“It’s not necessarily a sea change, but the world of mass-media journalism is changing so rapidly, people [including the media] are desperate to explain what the changes mean,” says network-news analyst Andrew Tyndall.

Thus far, according to Tyndall, “This is a trend piece masquerading as a news story.”

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Second Rather Lawsuit Dismissed

The NY Supreme Court dismissed a second lawsuit Dan Rather filed against CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward. The judge cited the appellate court’s recent dismissal of Rather’s original $70-million claim.

What’s a CBS Guy Doing at NBC?

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Heyward_6.26.jpgFormer CBS News chief Andrew Heyward says his new gig as an NBC News consultant has nothing to do with his alma mater.

“I have wonderful relationships at CBS,” says Heyward, 58, head of the news division from 1996 to 2005. “It’s just easier to come in and do a project at a place where you haven’t worked before. It’s totally non-threatening and positive.”

Heyward, who left CBS in the aftermath of Memogate, says he gets together regularly with his successor, Sean McManus.

He also chats with former colleague Alexandra Wallace, now an NBC News executive. During a recent conversation, “she said they had a project they wanted me to look into.”

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Heyward, Moonves To Be Deposed in Rather Suit

Rather_7.17.jpgThe judge in Dan Rather‘s case against his former employer has ordered CBS to produce several witnesses for depositions including former CBS News president Andrew Heyward and CBS CEO Les Moonves.

The court ruled Wednesday that the depositions would go forward, with Heyward’s scheduled for the end of this month and Moonves’ expected in September.

The network’s chief counsel, Jim Quinn, tells TVNewser, “We’re looking forward to them testifying,” adding, “they will support our case that CBS did nothing wrong by Dan Rather. In fact, the opposite is true. They did everything right by him.”

Rather’s lawyer tells TVNewser, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone may also be deposed, but the court ruled the Heyward and Moonves depositions would be taken first, and that he would rule on CBS’s objection to Redstone testifying, later.

A status conference is set for October. The case could go to trial by November.

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