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TV Execs Sweep the ’100 Most Powerful Women in the Entertainment Industry 2010′ List

CBS News anchor Katie Couric was the keynote address speaker yesterday in Beverly Hills at the 19th annual event honoring the 100 most powerful women in the entertainment industry, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter and presented by Lifetime Television.

Couric joked yesterday that she loves the smell of estrogen in the morning. She then, switching tones, paid tribute to her sister Emily, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2001.

Disney/ABC Television Group President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney made it to the #1 spot on the list for the second consecutive year. She shared the honor in 2009 with Sony’s Amy Pascal.

Other notable women in TV on the list were Oprah Winfrey, President of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler, president of NBC Universal Cable Bonnie Hammer, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Television Dana Walden, president and CEO of A&E Television Networks Abbe Raven, and chairman and CEO of MTV Networks Judy McGrath.

Dame Helen Mirren received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, presented by Halle Berry.

Video from the event with Mirren and Couric is after the jump…
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CBS’s Pelley Moving To NY

scott pelley.jpgThe latest name to surface in the ongoing Katie Couric saga at CBS News is that of Scott Pelley, a Washington-based 60 Minutes correspondent since 2004. According to a scenario being heard in whispers at CBS News, Pelly is being positioned to possibly replace Couric at some future date, should her numbers not improve.

Pelley, CBS’s former chief White House correspondent, is in the process of moving with his family from the Washington area to New York, where 60 Minutes is produced.

In confirming the move, a CBS spokesperson tells TVNewser: “Scott is an integral part of 60 Minutes. The move is a practical matter.”

Pelly was a candidate to replace embattled anchor Dan Rather before Couric was wooed to the CBS Evening news last spring. Rather was said to have been campaigning for Pelley, a fellow Texan.

Should this plan go down, don’t look for it to happen before the ’08 elections, CBS sources say. As for Pelley, his move north is expected in about a month.

As for the speculation Pelley is in any way being groomed to take over the “Evening News” chair, the CBS spokesperson tells TVNewser that kind of talk is “PURE BUNK.”