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CBS Taps Former Joint Chiefs Chairman General Richard Myers as Senior Military Security Analyst

CBS News has hired the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, to serve as its senior military security analyst, effective immediately.

Myers served as Chairman of the JCS beginning in 2001 (weeks after 9/11), retiring in 2005. He now serves as foundation professor of military history and leadership at Kansas State University, as well as the Colin Powell Chair for National Security Leadership, Character and Ethics at National Defense University.

CBS News has been snatching up a number of high-profile experts to serve as contributors. Among them: Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who talks about aviation issues, M. Sanjayan to talk about science and the environment, and Lee Woodruff.

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CBS News President on Sullenberger Hire: ‘If anybody is going to get any training, I think he can train us’

Former airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger, known better as “Sully” Sullenberger, made his debut as CBS News’ aviation analyst on the “CBS Evening News” last night. Sullenberger spoke to anchor Harry Smith about the Air France flight 447 disaster:

Sullenberger and CBS news president David Rhodes spoke to the AP’s David Bauder about his new job and revealed a few interesting tidbits, including how the relationship began:
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“60 Minutes” Up Double Digits, Finishes As 13th Most-Watched Show, Best in Nine Years

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Venerable “60 Minutes” has just wrapped up its best season in seven years averaging 14.29 million Total Viewers — good enough to rank as the 13th most-watched broadcast show of the 2008-09 season, its best ranking since the 1999-’00 season. The last time “60″ had as many viewers was the 2001-’02 season when the newsmagazine averaged 14.85m.

“60 Minutes” scored with Steve Kroft‘s first post-election interview with Pres.-elect Obama, the first interview with hero pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger conducted by Katie Couric and Scott Pelley‘s interview of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

The show grew 10% in Total Viewers and 8% in A18-49 viewers.

Said CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said, “I credit [EP] Jeff Fager and his team for once again setting the standard for the entire industry. With respect to quality, relevance and television ratings, 60 Minutes is truly in a class by itself.”

Added Fager, “It has been an extraordinary season by every measure and it makes us proud that our gains came with important interviews and solid reporting on the big stories of the year.”

The Long Weekend: Final Notes From WHCD

capts_5-11.JPGAll the photos from Bloomberg’s ultra-exclusive party are available to the public, courtesy of Bloomberg/Vanity Fair After Party.

Check out the Jersey boys (Gov. Jon Corzine and Jon Bon Jovi), the Tweeters (Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore) and this pairing on the left — the heroes of the night (Capts. Richard Phillips and Chesley Sullenberger).

martin_5-11.jpgThe Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar (who writes today why this whole thing matters) shares her pics on Flickr, with some more interesting pairs, including the guys to the right — RNC Chairman Michael Steele and CNN’s Roland Martin.

Wrapping up the FishbowlDC coverage:

Photos from Friday night’s Poliwood screening
• Newseum’s Friday night comedy panel
• Capitol File party coverage

Couric: “It’s A Little Retro To Strictly Talk About Ratings”

couric_2-20c.jpgIn a wide-ranging interview on The Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove talks to Katie Couric about Gov. Sarah Palin, Alex Rodriguez and more.

She describes how the evening news race has changed. “It’s a little retro to strictly talk about ratings, and I think you also have to talk about getting your product out there to the way people are watching, and that’s what I think about,” she said. “I think about, what about that person who isn’t in front of their television at 6:30 at night watching an evening newscast? How can we get some of our really strong content to them, so they can, even watch it, not always on CBSNews.com but in other venues as well.”

She also talks about scooping her former employer, NBC, for the Chesley Sullenberger interview, and NBC’s decision not to interview Sullenberger at all. “I think there was some anger there, and I’m not sure I would’ve done the same thing,” said Couric. “But I don’t work on the Today show, as much as I really like the people who are there, that was the decision they made.”

Click continued to see what she thought about being lied to by A-Rod about steroids…

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Sully And Crew Land at NBC After All

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The interviews just kept on coming for US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger and the crew of flight 1549 today. NBC’s transportation/aviation correspondent Tom Costello interviewed the crew for NBC Nightly News. The interview aired at the end of the program, with an extended version on Nightly.msnbc.com.

Earlier: Hero Pilot Gives First Interview to CBS’ Katie Couric, Not NBC’s Matt Lauer

GMA Has Octuplet Mom’s Mom Exclusive

gma_2-8.bmpWhile “Today” aired more of Ann Curry‘s exclusive interview with Octo-mom Nadya Suleman, including first pictures of the babies, Good Morning America had an exclusive with Grandma.

Angela Suleman says her daughter’s decision to impregnate herself again was “really unconscionable.” The interview was conducted by the news agency Splash News.

Here’s what TVNewser has learned about how GMA got the interview: the Splash News interview was bought by Radaronline.com, then ABC News paid Radaronline.com a licensing fee to air it.

So, ABC News pays Radaronline.com, Radaronline.com paid Splash News and Splash News likely paid Grandma Suleman. Last week there were questions raised as to how “Today” landed their mom exclusive.

By the way, Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira briefly mentioned the grandmother’s comments this morning on Today.

• This was also Sully Day on two of the morning shows, CBS’s The Early Show as well as GMA. And since the US Airways pilot’s handlers gave his first interview to Katie Couric instead of Lauer, how did Today play it? With a “shrug of the shoulders,” writes Newsday.

CBS News Given Captain Sully “Veto Power”

couric_2-7.jpgCBS not only scooped NBC with the Capt. Chesley Sullenberger exclusive, they were also given “veto power” for all other media requests before the airing of 60 Minutes tonight, according to the Associated Press.

“Along with the interview, CBS and ’60 Minutes’ were given ‘veto power’ over all other media access to the crew before the interview was aired, said James Ray, a spokesman for US Airways’ pilots union,” writes the AP.

“Whatever we do on Sunday has to be blessed by CBS,” wrote Corey Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the flight attendants, to the AP.

Related: Here’s your guide for where to find Capt. Sully and the rest of the crew tomorrow.

Pilots and Pregnancies: What To Expect Monday Morning

Expect some big ratings from all three network morning shows on Monday. Here’s why:

• ABC — Good Morning America will conduct the “first live television interview and reunion of the captain, crew and passengers of U.S. Airways Flight 1549.” What that means — although Katie Couric already interviewed this group for 60 Minutes, it took place last week. GMA is also devoting the entire first hour of the program to the story. Captain Sully (Chesley Sullenberger), of course, will be the centerpiece of the hour.

• CBS — Well, if GMA is devoting an hour to the story, The Early Show is doubling it and making the Hudson River landing the focus of the entire show. Sully and the entire crew will be on The Early Show after GMA, as will the public debut of a song about the landing by Australian singer Emma Sophina, who was a passenger on the flight.

• NBC — The Today show is going a different route. After being scooped by Couric for the exclusive, the Today show’s big guest will be octuplet mom Nadya Suleman. Ann Curry got the exclusive yesterday (some of which aired during today’s show), and questions were raised whether any money changed hands. NBC’s response: “NBC News does not and will not pay for an interview.”

> Update: ABC just announced Charles Gibson has some Flight 1549-interviews planned as well for Monday. Click continued to see those…

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“Sully” Expected to Get Two-Part Treatment During Sunday’s “60 Minutes”

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US Airways Flight 1549 flight attendants Donna Dent, Sheila Dail and Doreen Welsh, the pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and Co-Pilot 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles.

CBS sent us this image of Katie Couric interviewing Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and the entire crew of US Airways Flight 1549. This part of the 60 Minutes interview was conducted Monday at one of US Airway’s maintenance hangars at Charlotte-Douglas International airport.

TVNewser has learned Sunday’s story will most likely be a two-parter, a rarity for 60 Minutes. But when the show lands a big story, they have been known to take the extra time to tell it. Couric also talked with Sullenberger and this wife at their home in California last week and the show assembled more than 50 passengers along with the crew during Monday’s taping in Charlotte.

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