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Former CBS News President David Burke Dies

DavidWBurkeFormer CBS News President David W. Burke has died at the age of 78, TVNewser has learned.

Burke served as CBS News chief from 1988-1990, overseeing the network’s coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the First Gulf War. He also suspended the late “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney for comments that offended homosexuals.

Before CBS, Burke  served as executive vice president at ABC News, where he helped lift the network to first place in the ratings while also building Peter Jennings into a major figure. At ABC, Burke oversaw the creation of “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and “20/20″ with Barbara Walters. Following his two tumultuous years at CBS News, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Burke, was ”an outsider in the most inside of institutions.”

Burke worked in politics before his time as a broadcast executive, as an aide to Senator Ted Kennedy and New York Governor Hugh Carey. Later in life, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the first chairman of Broadcasting Board of Governors, which today hands out an award in Burke’s name.

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The Morning Ticker: Garrett, ‘The View,’ Rather

  • CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett will interview President Obama today in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, and also conduct a joint interview with the president and Vice President Biden. The interviews will air tonight on “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and tomorrow morning on “CBS This Morning.” The president and vice president will speak at a Pittsburgh-area community college today about their “Opportunity for All” job-training program.

  • ABC’s “The View” will feature all of the show’s 11 co-hosts, previous and current, for a special tribute to Barbara Walters episode on Thursday, May 15. Walters, the show’s creator and executive producer, will make her final appearance as a co-host on May 16.

  • AXS TV is premiering a new documentary series hosted by Dan Rather, “Dan Rather Presents.” The first episode, “One Way Ticket to Nowhere: America’s Mental Health Crisis,” debuts on Tuesday, May 6 at 8pmET. The special follows Rather as he looks at how America’s mental health problem is impacting hospitals, law enforcement, and individual states.

Barbara Walters to Don Lemon: CNN Wouldn’t Do Nonstop MH370 Coverage If Not for Ratings

WaltersWhile sitting in as a co-host on “The View” today, CNN’s Don Lemon fielded an onslaught of questions from the chat show’s ladies about his network’s nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Flight 370.

“You’ve covered this more than any other story that I can remember,” Barbara Walters said. “CNN would not do this if it were not for the ratings.”

“Well, I don’t know if we would do it just for the ratings; we do a lot of things that don’t rate well, but we still do it,” Lemon responded, adding that CNN is giving the audience what it wants.

Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked how Lemon finds the words to continue talking about the missing airliner, day after day. Lemon tipped his hat to a great group of CNN aviation experts. “I rely on them, I don’t pretend that I’m an expert,” he said.

“We [CNN] may not have taken the plane, but we might certainly find it,” Lemon concluded.

Lemon’s colleagues, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Wolf Blitzer echoed his sentiments while speaking to TVNewser last week. Cooper conceded the network has covered the story a lot, but called it a very “human” story involving “239 souls.” Burnett pointed to security concerns the story raises, while Blitzer raised the still-unknown question of whether criminal activity or mechanical failure was the reason behind the plane’s disappearance.

Barbara Walters to Retire May 16

barbara waltersBarbara Walters‘ final day co-hosting “The View” will be May 16, ABC News announced this morning. Walters, who announced her retirement last year, will also be celebrated that night with a two-hour primetime special highlighting her life and career.

In a statement, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said it is “hard to imagine television without her.”

“In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters,” Iger said. “She’s a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire, and it’s impossible to fully convey her impact and influence on television. She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years.”

Walters will continue to executive produce the view and will contribute to ABC News as news warrants. She will talk about her final broadcast on “The View” this morning.

>Update: Video of Walters’ announcement on “The View” is after the jump. Read more

Which Media Mogul’s Daughter Can’t Lunch With Barbara Walters Without Crying?

Barbara Walters interviewed Arianna Huffington about her new book, “Thrive,” this week at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, where Huffington revealed Walters’ “incredible capacity for intimacy.”

Walters is the Godmother of Huffington’s oldest daughter, Christina, who Arianna shared had asked her why waterworks were always on the menu when she dines alone with Walters.

“Mommy, why do I always cry when I have lunch with Barbara?” Arianna recounted Christina asking her.  ”It’s such a knack, right?” Walters joked. “Hello, how are you…cry.”

On International Day of Happiness, Dan Harris Learns 10% Happier Will Debut at No. 2

HappierHarris“Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Dan Harris‘ new book 10% Happier will debut at No. 2 on the New York Times non-fiction Best-Sellers list for the week of March 30. That’s made Harris about 75% happier than he was yesterday and one notch ahead of Bill O’Reilly‘s Killing Jesus which is at No. 3 for the week, and now in its 25th week on the list. Other tvnewsers on this week’s list: Charles Krauthammer‘s Things That Matter is at No. 8 and Brian Kilmeade‘s George Washington’s Secret Six is at No. 17.

Harris’ 10% Happier recounts his on-air panic attack and how he got better and happier.

And speaking of happiness, did you know today is the International Day of Happiness? Well it is, and the folks at ABC News — and local TV stations around the country — are celebrating. So if you want to see Barbara Walters, and about 100 other ABC/ESPN/Fusion stars dance to Pharrell Willams‘ Happy, click through. Read more

Newsmagazines Dominate Saturday Night on Broadcast TV

2020SaturdayThe news divisions of the big three broadcasters dominated prime time last night. “20/20″ at 10pmET/PT was the night’s No. 1 show drawing 5.51 million viewers, and a 1.1 A18-49 rating, more than doubling CBS’s “48 Hours” in viewers and in the demo. The CBS newsmag was delayed by 30 minutes due to sports overrun, so the overnight numbers are based on viewing from 10:30-11pmET/9:30-10pmCT.

“20/20″ featured a Barbara Walters and Brian Ross exclusive investigation of the mystery of Paul Fronczak, the Chicago baby stolen almost 50 years ago.

Now in its second week, “Dateline’s” return to Saturday night gave NBC a win from 8-10pmET/PT. The 2-hour “Dateline” was the No. 2 show of the night drawing 5.35 million viewers, and a 0.8 in the A18-49 demo.

“Nightline Prime,” which debuted in the 9pmET/PT timeslot on ABC drew 3.07 million viewers. That’s ABC’s biggest audience in the time period since Dec. 28, 2013.

On Friday, “20/20″ drew 7.13 million viewers, No. 2 in the 10pmET/PT timeslot in viewers, and No.1 in the A18-49 demo.. “Dateline” drew 6.39 million, No. 2 in its 8pmET/PT timeslot.

Morning Shows Wear Red For Women’s Heart Health

Anchors and correspondents across the morning shows wore red on the air today for National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women’s heart health.

Among those participating: ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott; NBC’s Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager; CBS’ Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell; Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Nauert and Maria Molina; CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo; CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sara Eisen; Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy of “The View” and Kelly Ripa of “Live.”

Barbara Walters to Elizabeth Vargas: ‘We All Knew’ About Your Alcoholism

Barbara ElizabethSitting next to Elizabeth Vargas on “The View” as she opened up about her battle with alcoholism, Barbara Walters told Vargas that her addiction was well-known among colleagues.

“We knew…I’m very fond of Elizabeth and proud of her, but we knew. It was public at that point,” Walters said during a discussion about Vargas’ attempt to keep her struggle secret from her colleagues.

“No it wasn’t,” Vargas awkwardly responded generating a moment of silence on the panel.

Page Six reports Walters later called Vargas to apologize.

The two women told Page Six there’s nothing to the on-air frostiness.

Barbara told us, “I love Elizabeth and have great admiration for her. I never would have deliberately said anything to hurt her, and I called to tell her that.” Elizabeth added, “This is silly! Barbara is a colleague and a friend.”

The video after the jump. Read more

Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2013: Hillary Clinton

walters304x200In her final “Most Fascinating” special, Barbara Walters named Hillary Clinton the Most Fascinating Person of 2013. On running for President in 2016, Clinton tells Walters: “I still haven’t made up my mind.” The special drew its biggest overall audience in 3 years, since the 2010 edition. “Most Fascinating” was the most watched show of the night with 8.8 million total viewers. It was also No.1 in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos.

Also on the list was “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, who talked about her battle with MDS. “It was hard, because so much was unknown,” Roberts said in the emotional interview. “I was scared. For the first time, I was truly frightened.”

Watch (beginning at the 3:15 mark):

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