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Bill Owens Readies To Step Up To ’60 Minutes Sports’ Plate

CBS News “60 Minutes” executive editor Bill Owens will be adding to his duties as the co-EP of “60 Minutes Sports,” which will debut on pay-cabler Showtime in January. Owens gets profiled by B&C’s Tim Baysinger (subscription required), and reveals a bit more about the program, which will combine updated archival stories, new stories, and in-studio interviews.

“Everybody on the floor is going to contribute stories,” he says, noting that Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Lara Logan and James Brown will all participate. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian will also be a full-time correspondent. And Owens says they have talked about bringing in sports talent from outside the CBS/Showtime corporate family: “We may well end up with a familiar face from one of the other broadcasts.”

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The Morning Ticker: Regis, ‘Nightline,’ Owens

  • “Nightline” is poised to win the May sweep after winning the week of May 14. It’s the 8th straight week the ABC news show has topped Letterman and Leno in Total Viewers as well as A25-54 and A18-49 viewers.
  • Bill Owens, the executive editor of “60 Minutes,” will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Towson University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication today.

A Round of Golf to Raise Money and Awareness After Sudden Death of CBS Newser

CBS Newsers turned out at the Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge, NJ today to raise funds for the American Heart Association in honor of longtime CBS News editor Tom McEneny.

McEneny, who’d worked for CBS News for 35 years mostly on “Evening News,” had dreamed of working on “60 Minutes.” His dream came true last April when he edited his first piece for the show. He died the next month of a heart attack.

CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, who played in the tournament, presented a check for $10,000 to Renee Helfenstein of the northern New Jersey chapter of American Heart Association. Also pictured, is Susan McEneny, Tom McEneny’s widow. In total, $17,000 was raised.

Jeff Fager on CBS News: ‘The truth is everybody does a pretty damn good job at this place’

The top-rated news program on television has long been the Sunday CBS flagship “60 Minutes.” That program has been under the watchful eye of executive producer Jeff Fager since 2004.

Today, CBS announced a shakeup at the top of CBS News, putting Fager in charge with the title of Chairman. David Rhodes joins CBS from Bloomberg. 37-year-old Rhodes has been named president of CBS News, with current News president Sean McManus exiting to focus on CBS Sports.

TVNewser spoke with Fager shortly after the announcement about his plans for CBS News, recruiting Rhodes, and his star anchor, Katie Couric.

TVNewser: Congratulations on the new role.

Jeff Fager: Thank you very much, it is exciting.

How did this come about?

Well, I have been talking to the boss, Leslie [Moonves] about it. He brought it up in the last couple of months. He has never wanted me to leave “60 Minutes,” I didn’t want to leave “60 Minutes,” so this is a really good solution to that.

Were you involved in recruiting David Rhodes from Bloomberg?

Yeah, I actually spent quite a bit of time with him in the past month. He is just such a tremendously interesting and smart guy. I will tell you, the fact that David is so capable made it a lot easier for me to do both jobs. He is one of the sharpest people I have known, and I think we have very similar sensibilities. We want to be proud of our broadcasts, and we want them to be the highest quality broadcast journalism out there, so much the way we feel about “60 Minutes.” It is the combination of David as president and Bill Owens as executive editor [at 60 Minutes] that really allows me to do both of these jobs.

Considering David came from Bloomberg, there has long been talk about CBS News talking to cable networks…

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’60 Minutes,’ with Help from Football, Draws Largest Audience in 10 months

“60 Minutes” saw its best ratings in 10 months last week, which put the show in the top ten for the third time in five weeks.  The CBS news program had 15.79 million viewers on Sunday, its largest audience since Dec. 12, 2009, to rank #6 for the week.

Sunday’s show consisted of reports on high unemployment in California’s Silicon Valley, chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall and a profile of the BBC’s show, “Top Gear.”

The show was boosted by its lead-in, which was one of two football games depending on the region of the viewer.

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2010 Gerald Loeb Finalists Announced

loeb_5-25.jpgUCLA’s Anderson School of Management announced the honorees for its 2010 Gerald Loeb awards for “journalists who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy.”

Here are the finalists for the television category:

Former television newser Walt Bogdanich, now NY Times assistant investigative editor, will be presented with a lifetime achievement award.