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Pelley: Part of Steve Capus’ Job is to ‘Help Us Get Up to Number Two, and on to Number One’

SteveCapus1Variety‘s Brian Steinberg speaks to “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and Executive Producer Steve Capus about propelling the third-place CBS broadcast up the ratings ranks. Last week, the program saw the most younger viewer growth among the evening newscasts.

At one time, Capus oversaw – among many other things – the nation’s most-watched evening newscast, NBC’s “Nightly News” with Brian Williams, as president of NBC News between 2005 and 2013. . Now he has come aboard CBS News as an executive editor, as well as the new overseer of the evening newscast. His new mission? He wants to boost “Evening News” out of its third-place roost, without abandoning CBS’ old-school reliance on in-depth reporting, despite a competitor, ABC, that has made strides by featuring a faster-paced program. Part of Capus’ job “is to help us get up to number two, and on to number one,” says Scott Pelley, the anchor and managing editor of the broadcast, in an interview held in his office in the “CBS Evening News” studio.

And Capus says the program will succeed without gimmicks.

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The Afternoon Ticker: ‘Rise of the Drones,’ Roberts, Turner

  • Next weeek, Fox Business’ Liz Claman will host a weeklong special segment on “Closing Bell” called “Rise of the Drones.” Claman will interview a variety of start-up and established business figures on the growing drone industry.

  • Robin Roberts talks to Variety’s Brian Steinberg about “Good Morning America” being on top. “Never take for granted being number one. Never for a second. We don’t act that way and the sports person in me says that once you do that, you get yourself in trouble.”

  • FishbowlDC reports former Fox News and CNN Capitol Hill producer Trish Turner has been named senior producer of “CBS This Morning.” Turner replaces Jill Jackson, who is joining “Face the Nation” as senior producer.

The Ronan Reviews Are In…

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Ronan Farrow Daily” is about to take to the air for its second outing. Here’s what media reporters are writing about the first:

  • Entertainment Weekly‘s Darren Franich thinks cable news is in need of saving, but Farrow is not yet its hero. “But Farrow is also young — and looks younger, and sounds even younger — and so the debut of ‘Ronan Farrow Daily’ was also an awkward mix of tones.” The EW review also suggested Farrow’s attempts at humor are part of the problem, as his joke about growing up with Murrow, Cronkite, and Colbert only emphasizes he is too young to have real newsmen to admire. Franich’s overall grade: C-
  • The New York Post’s Michael Starr notes a lack of fireworks in the premiere—particularly no mention from Ronan about father Woody Allen and sister Dylan Farrow‘s recent back and forth over Dylan’s molestation charge. Even without a buzzworthy moment to offer “something we haven’t seen before,” the Post credits the show with not embarrassing itself, and Farrow for looking quite comfortable on camera.
  • Variety‘s Brian Steinberg writes about Farrow’s “detached,” “bemused” stance toward the stories he reported on, observing that the 26-year-old did not come off as a “cheerleader” for any one cause. Noting that Farrow targeted a younger audience with numerous social media mentions, he still might have a problem reaching the youth: “Farrow’s challenge will be to gain momentum during a time slot that is not known for luring the millennials who might form his natural audience.”