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CBS News Plans for 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

JFKCBSNetworks are planning special reports and broadcasts for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy.

CBS News will include reporting from the only current network news anchor who was in Dallas on the day of the shooting. Bob Schieffer, who was a reporter with the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, will anchor his “Face the Nation” from Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 17. The night before, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9pmET/PT, Schieffer will host “As it Happened: John F. Kennedy 50 Years” produced by the “48 HOURS” team. Schieffer will give viewers a look at four days that changed America and American television history.

On Friday, Nov. 22, the actual anniversary, Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” from Dallas. Pelley will interview with Clint Hill, a former U.S. Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade when President Kennedy was assassinated.

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The Weekend Ticker: Willis, Rather, Griffin

  • Gerri Willis will host a special call-in show, “A User’s Guide to Obamacare,” on FBN Monday night at 6pmET. Willis will be joined by a panel of experts to answer questions on the Affordable Care Act.

  • Dan Rather Reports” returns to AXS TV Monday night with “Gone to Pot,” a report on illegal marijuana growers in Northern California.

  • In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin talks to Women’s Health about her battle with Stage III triple negative breast cancer. “After diagnosis, you’re looking at a year of your life that will be devoted to fighting and overcoming the disease. You need to look at it as a marathon year and get your body, mind, and spirit as strong as it can be,” Griffin said.

As Shutdown Ends, A Toast to Chris Matthews’ Account of Political Compromise

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was feted last night at the New York book party for his seventh book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.” The book, a historical account of political opponents who managed to work together, coincidentally hit the shelves on the first day of the government shutdown.

Matthews arrived at P.J. Clarke’s in Lincoln Center shortly before the senate vote to end the shutdown Wednesday night. He told TVNewser he combined multiple sources — including news clips, President Reagan’s diaries and his own journal from his time in as O’Neill’s administrative assistant — to create a “hologram” account of the time period. Asked how he juggles it all, he said he wrote at home before and after his “Hardball” work day, joking that his wife began to refer to the chair in his office as “that chair.”

We also chatted with newly-minted MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, who says he’ll spend the next few months developing his vision for his show ahead of an early 2014 launch. (Farrow was coy about the show’s time slot, which MSNBC has so far only said will be a “weekday, one-hour” program.) Also on hand to toast Matthews at P.J. Clarke’s: MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Dan Rather, Mark Halperin, MSNBC analyst Ed Rendell and “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht.

Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.

We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.

Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.

“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”

“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.

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Tom Brokaw To Host NBC News Special Remembering 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Death

Tom-BrokawNBC News will air a primetime special remembering the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw will host the special, which will air 50 years to the day Kennedy was killed in Dallas.

“Tom Brokaw Special: Where Were You?” will air Friday, November 22 at 9 PM ET. It will feature interviews with a wide range of people, asking them how Kennedy’s death affected their lives, and speculating about what might be different had he not been shot.

NBC is planning additional programming tied to the anniversary. Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer will be in Dallas, with Guthrie talking to one of Kennedy’s Secret Service agents, and Lauer interviewing a woman whose photo has become an iconic part of that day. The morning of November 22, Brokaw will be joined on “Today” by former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, whose report that day is one of the most widely remembered. “Meet the Press” will air a half-hour special, featuring three interviews Kennedy gave to the Sunday public affairs program.

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Bruce Dunning, Former CBS News Correspondent, Dies

Bruce Dunning, who retired in 2004 following a 35-year career at CBS News, died this afternoon at a Manhattan hospital from injuries suffered in a fall.

Around CBS, Dunning is best remembered for his award-winning and dramatic report on March 29, 1975 aboard a World Airways jet during the rescue of refugees from the airport in Da Nang, South Vietnam.

The five-and-a-half-minute report, in the final days of the Vietnam war, was broadcast on the “CBS Evening News” Saturday edition anchored by Dan Rather.

Dunning joined CBS News in July 1969 as a reporter/assignment editor in New York after working as a freelance reporter in Paris. He was posted to the Saigon Bureau in August 1970 and moved to the Tokyo bureau in 1972 covering the Asian region. He was one the first American broadcast journalists to report from North Korea.

In 1983, Dunning was named assistant bureau manager for CBS News Miami, covering the Southeast U.S. as well as Latin America. He returned to Asia ahead of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Dunning, who was 73, began his journalism career in 1963 as a reporter and entertainment editor for the St. Petersburg Times. He is survived by his life partner, the artist Tetsunori Kawana. Since retiring from CBS, Dunning had worked as a manager and agent for artists.

Lew Wood, Former CBS News and ‘Today’ Show Anchor, Dies

Lew Wood, a former CBS News and NBC News reporter and anchor, has died. Wood, 84 died of kidney failure Thursday. Wood was a correspondent with CBS News when, in 1963, he covered a speech by Pres. John F. Kennedy in Ft. Worth, TX. A few hours later, Kennedy would be assassinated.

Wood moved on to NBC and, in 1975, replaced Frank Blair, an original member of the show. Wood anchored alsongside Barbara Walters and Jim Hartz as well as Gene Shalit. He would leave after a year and be replaced by Floyd Kalber.

After leaving “Today,” he worked in public relations.

“He was a workhorse, very steady and reliable, excellent reporter and had good on-camera presence,” former colleague Dan Rather told The Associated Press.

Ratings: HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ Steady In Season Two Premiere

Season two of HBO’s “The Newsroom” returned to HBO Sunday night. The show that TV news staffers love to hate is back with an overarching plot surrounding a lawsuit, and Occupy Wall Street as the news item du jour. Dan Rather is once again reviewing the episodes for Gawker.

The season premiere drew 2.2 million viewers, with an additional 400,000 watching the replay later in the evening.

For comparison, the series debuted last June to 2.1 million viewers, with the season finale drawing 2.3 million viewers. In other words, “The Newsroom” looks to be picking up right where it left off.

Of course, HBO notes that last season a cumulative total of 7.1 million people watched each episode (HBO sees a lot of replays and on-demand viewing), so the numbers are slightly better than your typical cable drama.

“The Newsroom” relied on a number of high-profile consultants for season two, including MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and S.E. Cupp.

Scott Pelley: ‘We’re Getting the Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again’

Accepting his Fred Friendly First Amendment award this afternoon at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Club, CBS News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley delivered an impassioned speech about the sorry state of journalism in 2013.

“Our house is on fire,” Pelley said of the business at large. “Never before in human history has more information been available to more people. But at the same time never before in human history has more bad information been available to more people.”

Pelley took “the first arrow,” recalling his own mistake over some of the early reporting out of Sandy Hook Elementary in December. Then he recounted early errors after the Boston Marathon was bombed. “We were attacked by terrorists on that day, and amateur journalists became digital vigilantes.”

Pelley joins 19 other TV journalists including Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, and, last year, Martha Raddatz, as Fred Friendly honorees. He told the crowd, which included his CBS News colleagues past and present, that “disruptive technologies” are partly to blame.

“Twitter, Facebook and Reddit: that’s not journalism. That’s gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip.”

Pelley also took on the chest thumping that goes on in local and national newsrooms around the nation every day.

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HuffPost Live Joins The Cable News Ranks

HuffPost Live–The Huffington Post’s web-TV outfit–is coming to cable TV.

AXS TV, the cable channel owned by Mark Cuban, AEG, CAA and Ryan Seacrest, will now simulcast HuffPost Live programming from 10 AM-4 PM. HuffPost Live has been seeking cable distribution for months (as we have noted), though the deal with AXS will not result in lucrative carriage fees that makes cable such an appealing place for programmers, according to the NY TimesBrian Stelter.

In an interview, Roy Sekoff, the president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, did not rule out full-blown cable distribution in the future. He said AXS provided “a way to get on now,” emphasizing “now.”

The telecast will start on May 13. It will be shown weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time (the first half of HuffPost Live’s daily output), replacing the random assortment of repeats that AXS currently schedules during the day. Mr. Sekoff said The Huffington Post was not paying for the distribution, and AXS is not paying for the programming; the arrangement is mutually beneficial, he suggested, something that Mr. Cuban affirmed in a separate interview.

The deal also unites The Huffington Post with Dan Rather, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor who now hosts “Dan Rather Reports” on the channel.

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