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’60 Minutes’ in Top 10; Homeless school kids story generates donations from around the world

Homeless school kids, polar bears and Christopher Hitchens.

That combination of stories put “60 Minutes” in the top 10 again this week. The show drew 12.24 million total viewers Sunday night, winning its time period and finishing as the 8th most-watched show of the week. Scott Pelley‘s report on homeless school children in Central Florida attracted hundreds of offers to help from as far away as Japan and the story was the most-watched video on CBSNews.com Monday, thanks to social media referrals which were 38% above normal.

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Christopher Hitchens on ’60 Minutes’

Author, Vanity Fair columnist and former cable news mainstay Christopher Hitchens discusses his battle with stage 4 esophageal cancer tonight on “60 Minutes.”

“I am a member of a cancer elite. I rather look down on people with lesser cancers,” jokes Hitchens with correspondent Steve Kroft.

The author of “God is not Great” tells Kroft about his diagnosis just nine months ago: “I was very afraid it would stop me writing. And I was really petrified with fear about that because I thought that would, among all things, diminish my will to live because…being a writer’s what I am rather than what I do.”

Kroft’s interview airs tonight on “60 Minutes.”

Bob Schieffer Discusses His Experience Fighting Bladder Cancer

CBS News “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer was diagnosed with bladder cancer seven years ago. Last night, Schieffer discussed his experience fighting the disease on the “CBS Evening News.”

“It is about what we can do to defeat this disease,” Schieffer told CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. “That is what its about.”

On CNN last night, another regular figure on the enws channels discussed his cancer treatment. Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens talked about his diagnosis of esophageal cancer with Anderson Cooper:

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BBC is no CNN. “At Some Point It’s Almost Parody”

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Hartman_11.1.jpgIf you’re looking for bells and whistles on Election Night, the BBC is not your cuppa tea.

“I don’t think the BBC will ever be, or aspire to be, the bells-and-whistles network,” says CBS exile Rome Hartman, executive producer of “BBC World News America.”

“Fundamentally, we’re about great stories. Graphics help, and they’re cool. I have a lot of admiration for David Borhman and what he’s doing at CNN. But at a certain point, it’s almost parody.

“If the technology is just there as a ‘Gee whiz!’ it’s probably not the right thing. If it helps tell the story in a clear and understandable way, it’s perfectly fine.”

The BBC’s “U.S. Election Night” will be broadcast live from the network’s Washington bureau to more than 200 countries around the world beginning at 6pmET. In the Colonies, it will be seen exclusively on BBC America and BBC World News.

Former ABC Newsman Ted Koppel will join co-anchors David Dimbleby and Matt Frei in the studio “to step back and paint the big picture,” in Hartman’s words.

In a cheeky twist, contributors will include Ricky Gervais, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Schiff, Jay McInerney and Gore Vidal.

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