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Chris Wragge on His Return to WCBS: ‘I’m actually very flattered’

Chris Wragge is training for the triathlon in Montauk, NY in October. But his training schedule is about to get a shakeup. Beginning Sept. 6, Wragge will anchor the 6pm news on WCBS while also continuing to co-anchor the network’s “The Early Show.”

“The added workload is going to be great,” jokes Wragge, whose contract with the Eye runs through 2014. We talked with Wragge, who joined CBS as sports director/anchor at WCBS in 2004, just after the announcement was made; about the move and about the rocky road “The Early Show” has been on of late.

TVNewser: How do you feel about this?

Wragge: Oh my God. Amazing. The added workload is going to be great. (laughs) Look I wouldn’t have agreed to it if I didn’t want to do it. These guys (at “The Early Show”) are my family now, but I also had a great family in local, with (WCBS execs) Peter Dunn and David Friend. The opportunity presented itself. I’m doing the 6 so it’s a little bit easier than before when I was doing the 5 and staying to do the 11.

TVNewser: How did it come about and when?

Wragge: Within the last couple of weeks. We opened the door. It was presented as a matter of the network guys allowing me to do it and allowing me to fit it in. If I do well over there it will help the “Evening News.” (WCBS at 6pm is the lead-in for the Scott Pelley national broadcast) It’s not like I’m going to another network. They left the ball in my court and said, ‘If you can do it, okay.’

TVNewser: You’ll be taking one day a week off “The Early Show” How will that work? Could it extend to more?

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CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Passes Away

CNBC’s Mark Haines died last night. His death was announced at 9:53amET during the show that he would normally be anchoring, “Squawk on the Street,” by anchor Carl Quintanilla who read a statement from CNBC president Mark Hoffman.

At this hour, most of CNBC’s coverage is being devoted to Haines’ death, which has come as a shock to colleagues. Haines was 65. A cause of death has not been announced.

Haines joined CNBC in 1989 and was the founding anchor of the network’s signature morning show, “Squawk Box” before moving to “Squawk on the Street.”

Haines, who had a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was a member of the New Jersey State Bar, had been a news anchor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, WABC-TV in New York, and WPRI-TV in Providence.

It was Haines who delivered an emotional goodbye to his longtime co-anchor Erin Burnett less than three weeks ago as Burnett departed for CNN.

> More: Burnett phoned in to CNBC’s coverage at 10:50am to share her thoughts: “One of the most important things I learned was just that generosity and graciousness he showed that first day.” And about her final day on CNBC: “It was an unforgettable moment in my life and I’m glad we had it. I’m glad we had it.”

> More: Bob Pisani reads a statement from the NYSE: “Mark was an outstanding colleague and will be missed.”

> More: FBN achor Liz Claman who co-anchored with Haines on CNBC’s “Morning Call” from 2003-2007, and who was given the nickname “La Liz” by Haines, writes, “The day I left, he called me and said, ‘I’ll miss you, kid.’ I cried that day, as I do today. I miss you too, Mark. You remain unmatched in your unfailing ability to see through the noise and nonsense so many people spew out today. You were the benchmark of honesty. Thank you for that.”

CNBC will produce a special on Mark Haines tonight at 7pmET.

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Former CNBC Exec Tapped For CBS O&O Spot


Former CNBC senior VP of business news David Friend has been named senior VP of news for the CBS Television Stations Group.

He was most recently VP and news director at WCBS, the company’s flagship New York station. He will continue to over see WCBS’ news operations in his new position.

In his new role Friend will coordinate with the local management teams for all of the CBS O&Os. He will also work with CBS Radio executives to strengthen local news partnerships in cities where CBS owns television and radio stations, and will serve as a liaison to the management team at CBS News.

While at CNBC, Friend also served as executive producer of “Squawk Box” and launched the network’s foray into long-form documentary programming.

Before joining CNBC he served as co-creator and executive producer of the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine “Extra.”

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