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TV Watcher Asks: ‘Is Charlie Rose Too Old For This?’

The news that Charlie Rose will be a part of CBS’s re-imagined morning news show still has a lot people buzzing today.

In his story, Brian Stelter points out that Rose is a “mainstay on the Manhattan cocktail party circuit,” with a CBS executive adding, “Is there a curfew for morning TV anchors? We won’t have one.”

But Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici asks whether Rose is simply too old for a morning routine.

[I]t’s very unusual for anyone as old as Rose to be starting a new anchor job, much less one on a new, or at least entirely revamped, show. Rose is already older than ABC’s Charles Gibson and Peter Jennings were when they retired (both were 66) and older than Tom Brokaw was when he stepped down from “NBC Nightly News” (64). He’s six years older than Diane Sawyer was when she left “Good Morning America” for “World News Tonight.” He’s 16 years older than “Today’s” Matt Lauer.

I asked Andrew Tyndall, an analyst who closely tracks network news, if he could think of another instance where someone Rose’s age moved into a new anchor job. He could not. “It is especially astonishing that Rose is being used in the physically arduous morning timeslot with his history of heart disease,” he says. (Rose had open heart surgery in 2006.)

‘GMA’ Shrinks Gap with ‘Today’ to Lowest in 4 Years

Bloomberg has an interesting look today at the increasingly competitive morning show ratings battle. As we’ve reported, ABC’s “Good Morning America” has seen major growth in the past year, shrinking the gap that divides them from the perennial morning show leader, NBC’s “Today,” to a four-year low. Although NBC still leads ABC by about 500,000 viewers in two ratings categories — total viewers and the A25-54 demographic — Bloomberg examines some key factors in the “GMA” surge:

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, hosts of “Good Morning America,” are connecting with audiences after the show’s long-tenured hosts, Charles Gibson and [Diane] Sawyer, left in 2006 and 2009, according to James Goldston, who took over as executive producer five months ago.

Goldston said “Good Morning America” has revamped its cooking segments and other standing features to make them less predictable and more distinctive. The program has also introduced a daily entertainment segment.

“We’ve got a show that is working very well,” Goldston said. “We’re heading into the fall and the future with more confidence.”

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Charlie Who?

On last night’s “CBS Evening News” political correspondent Jan Crawford seemed to have a brief flashback to her days at ABC News.  While discussing John Edwards and Sarah Palin with anchor Harry Smith, Crawford called Smith “Charlie,” harking back to her days of talking legal issues with Charles Gibson at “ABC World News.”

Crawford’s comment comes just after 1:00 in the clip below.

Gibson, like Crawford, left ABC News in 2009.

Where Retired Anchormen Go

Charles Gibson retired from ABC News in 2009, but he hasn’t retired from the interviewing and in-front-of-the-camera work he’d done for almost 40 years, he’s just doing it now for a sponsor. And he’s talking about … retirement.

While Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather are still in the news biz, for NBC and HDNet, respectively, Gibson has been moderating the help2retire webcast series for Merrill Lynch. Here’s the most recent one.

On his final broadcast on Dec. 18, 2009, Gibson said, “There is so much to do in the years I have left, I don’t want to miss any of it.”

Former ‘ABC World News’ Head Writer Named Dean of Communications at Quinnipiac

Former “Dateline NBC” producer and “ABC World News” head writer Lee Kamlet has been named dean of communications at Quinnipiac University.

Kamlet left NBC in 2008 to join anchor Charles Gibson at World News.”"

“This is a tremendous opportunity to be with students and faculty who have great vision about the future of communications,” Kamlet said in a statement. “I hope to share the energy and excitement with students that has carried me through a 35-year career in broadcast journalism.”

More information in the release, after the jump.

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What Ben Sherwood Inherits: ‘GMA,’ ‘World News,’ ‘This Week,’ and ‘Nightline’ by the Numbers

Ben Sherwood not only inherits from David Westin (right at ABC News HQ this morning) a smaller ABC News staff then the one he left four years ago, he’ll also be overseeing the network’s big money news shows which have all seen a transformation over the last year; and in most cases ratings declines.

Late last year, Charles Gibson‘s departure set the revolving door in motion: Diane Sawyer left “Good Morning America” for “World News”; George Stephanopoulos left “This Week” for “GMA” and Christiane Amanpour left CNN for “This Week.”

So how have those shows been doing?

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Ian Cameron to Leave ABC’s ‘This Week’

First on TVNewser: Ian Cameron, the executive producer of ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” is leaving the program at the end of the year, people familiar with the decision tell TVNewser.

Cameron was named executive producer of “This Week” in 2008, and before that served as senior Washington producer for “ABC World News with Charles Gibson.” He had been with ABC News since 1998.

“Nightline” executive producer James Goldston, who added oversight of “This Week” in August, will take over day-to-day operations when Cameron departs.

Based on a memo sent to employees by ABC News president David Westin, it appears that there may be some consolidation among the “Nightline” and “This Week” staff once the transition is complete:

James Goldston has been working with Ian and me for several months on This Week, and at the end of the year he will take over day-to-day responsibilities for producing the program, relying on the capable This Week staff in Washington as well as integrating operations where it makes sense with the Nightline team.

Update: It’s official, the letters from Westin and Cameron are after the jump.

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David Doss Leaving CNN’s ‘AC360′

The senior executive producer of CNN’s “AC360,” David Doss, is leaving the program, TVNewser has learned.

He will remain with CNN, and will work in the network’s program development group under Sue Bunda. CNN/U.S. executive VP Ken Jautz made the announcement to staffers this morning.

“Ken wanted to tap into David’s talents on behalf of more shows,” a CNN insider says.

Doss is a veteran of ABC News and NBC News, where he served as executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and worked with Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson on “PrimeTime Thursday.”

He joined “AC360″ in 2005 as executive producer, but has since been joined by longtime Cooper producer Charlie Moore, who currently serves as EP. With Doss leaving, Moore will take over day-to-day oversight of “AC360.”

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Evening News Ratings: 2009-2010 Season

The ratings are in the for just-completed 2009-2010 network evening news season. And when compared to 2008-2009 season, “NBC Nightly News” ABC’s “World News” and the “CBS Evening News” have lost a combined 739,000 Total Viewers and a combined 338,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Nightly News with Brian Williams,” which finishes at #1 for the 14th season in a row, lost the least: -138K Total Viewers (8.698M in 08-09 v. 8.560M in 09-10), while Katie Couric‘s CBS program, lost the most: -343K (6.053M in 08-09 v 5.710M in 09-10). “World News” which saw Charles Gibson anchor the first few months of the season, and Diane Sawyer picking up in December, lost the most younger viewers: -221K (2.351M in 08-09 v. 2.130 in 09-10).

The 2008-2009 season included coverage of the 2008 presidential election and inauguration.

Program Total Viewers A25-54 Viewers
nightly9-22.jpg 8.56M 2.56M
WN_9.21.jpg 7.56M 2.13M
evening9-22.jpg 5.71M 1.74M

Related: Broadcast Evening Newscasts Lose More than 1 Million Viewers in Past Year

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 23

ENLogos_4.13.jpgA less than stellar summer week for the three network evening newscasts. As we mentioned, the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” tied an all-time low. The nation’s #1 newscast, “NBC Nightly News” also lost viewers during a week the show sent its star anchor Brian Williams to the Gulf Coast to anchor two days of broadcasts on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “World News with Diane Sawyer” was the only show of the three to increase viewers week-to-week — up 80,000.

And not a good sign from the younger viewer department — none of the shows broke the 2 million viewer average in the A25-54 demo. That’s the first time that’s ever happened. The last time “Nightly News” was under 2 million viewers in the demo was the week of July 2, 2007 when the show averaged 1.91M viewers. That same week “World News with Charles Gibson” drew 2.2 million A25-54 viewers.

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total: 7,230,000 6,590,000 4,890,000
• A25-54: 1,990,000 1,710,000 1,490,000

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