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David Rhodes: Politics Behind Morning Show Shift, ‘Premature’ To Say What Will Happen With Erica Hill

(l-r) CBS News President David Rhodes, Norah O'Donnell, Erica Hill

Just seven months into existence, “CBS This Morning” will see its biggest change since launch, when Norah O’Donnell replaces Erica Hill come the Fall.

CBS News president David Rhodes says the move has been in the works for a little while.

“This has been an ongoing discussion, we look at every one of these broadcasts very closely, always looking for things that can be improved,” Rhodes tells TVNewser. “We have had a couple of different people at the table since we launched in January, and Norah just stood out.”

With the addition of O’Donnell, Hill’s future is up in the air at CBS.

“We are talking to her about a new role, but it is obviously premature how it is going to go,” Rhodes says. As for O’Donnell’s slot at the White House, Rhodes says those discussions are just beginning.

“There is a lot of interest in that, and obviously we didn’t begin those conversations until today, because we couldn’t, but I have every expectation that we are going to fill the role internally,” he says.

O’Donnell’s expertise in politics was a driving force behind the decision to add her to the team. Rhodes says he expects O’Donnell to begin her regular appearances on the show for the political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte at the end of August and early September.

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Norah O’Donnell Replacing Erica Hill on ‘CBS This Morning’

Breaking: Six months into its run, “CBS This Morning” is making an anchor change.

CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell has been named co-host of “CBS This Morning” replacing Erica Hill who first came to CBS News in 2008, while still with CNN, to co-anchor the weekend “Early Show.” In January, 2010 she joined CBS fulltime.

O’Donnell will join co-hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King beginning this fall. CBS says Hill’s future with CBS News is being discussed.

“CBS This Morning,” while still the #3 show in the morning, has been making ratings gains of late. Last week, the show was up +7% in total viewers and up +6% in younger viewers compared to the same week last year when “Early Show” was in production. O’Donnell filled-in on the show last week.

“This is a very exciting development for our morning program and for all of CBS News,” says CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager. “Norah is an accomplished reporter with all the skills for the job. She’s a hard worker who knows her story and, as she has shown time after time at the White House, she can think on her feet on live television.”

O’Donnell joined CBS News a year ago, after spending 11 years at NBC News and MSNBC. She will continue as Bob Schieffer‘s substitute on “Face the Nation.”

‘CBS This Morning,’ ‘Today’s Professionals’ Talk Anderson Cooper

Two of the morning shows have acknowledged Anderson Cooper‘s gay acknowledgment.

“CBS This Morning’s” Erica Hill, a friend of Cooper’s from her days at CNN, discussed his coming out with country music artist Chely Wright, who revealed two years ago that she’s gay. Video after the jump.

ABC’s overnight show “World News Now,” which Cooper once anchored, gave it a mention as did the pre-GMA show, “America This Morning.” “Good Morning America” didn’t.

On NBC’s “Today,” Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talked about it on the 4th hour. “He is a sweet guy,” said Gifford. “We just wish everybody to be happy.”

It also was the subject earlier on “Today’s Professionals.” The panelists, Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman, all seemed to take the cynical route, arguing that Cooper made the announcement for some sort of ratings gain. They seemed to be unaware that his daytime talk show is on hiatus, and that Cooper is in Africa on assignment, not hosting his CNN program.

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Jeff Daniels Talks About Who His ‘Newsroom’ Character is Based On: ‘Sorry Keith, no one’

Last night HBO held a premiere screening and party for its upcoming series “The Newsroom.” It was a smaller screening than normal for HBO, though the stars still seemed to come out.

TVNewser hears that among the attendees were NBC’s Brian Williams, HBO’s Bryant Gumbel, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CNN’s Piers Morgan and CBS’ Charlie Rose and Erica Hill.

This morning, ABC’s “Good Morning America” interviewed the series’ star, Jeff Daniels, who plays anchor Will McAvoy. Stephanopoulos asked Daniels whether the series was based on former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann:

“No one, sorry Keith, no one. We really decided, let’s create someone completely fictional, and just drop them in the middle of all the guys who exist that we know today,” Daniels said. “Aaron never said ‘by the way, this is based on so and so.’”

“Aaron will tell you that it is a romantic view of what cable news should be, or should strive to be,” Daniels added.

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Cubes: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of CBS News

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of CBS News.  In this episode of mediabistroTV’s “Cubes,” Erica Hill, co-host of “CBS This Morning,” shows us around the CBS Broadcast Center.

Located on Manhattan’s west side, the building is home to the “CBS Evening News,” the iconic CBS news desk, and the brand-new studio and newsroom of “CBS This Morning.”

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No TV Reporters Called on During Obama News Conference

The broadcast networks joined their cable counterparts carrying Pres. Obama’s news conference from the briefing room this morning. The economy — both domestic and global — was the reason for calling the newser. Lester Holt anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer on ABC, and Charlie Rose and Erica Hill on CBS.

Normally very punctual, the president started about 20 minutes late. “He’s probably either talking to somebody about something or oblivious to the time,” joked Bill Plante on CBS. “Who is going to tell him? He’s the boss.”

The president began at 10:40amET and by 10:48, the first question went to Caren Bohan, with the president remarking about her upcoming job change.

“I’ll start with Caren, who is with Reuters, but as we all know is about to go get a fancy job with National Journal and we’re very proud of her, so congratulations to you, Caren. You get the first crack at me.”

Other questions went to Jackie Calmes of the New York Times and David Jackson of USA Today. Jackson asked about national security leaks recently reported in stories in the New York Times. None of the TV reporters were called on, but as the president left the briefing room at 11:07, one said: “Can we ask you about Wisconsin?” He didn’t answer.

‘CBS This Morning’ Celebrates 100 Shows

This morning was the 100th edition of “CBS This Morning,” the morning news program launched by CBS in January.

“We are at a point now where the operations of the show are a well-oiled machine, or at least getting there,” EP of “CBS This Morning” Chris Licht tells TVNewser. “Everyone is in a rhythm, they know what their job is, we have some stability, and now we are at the end of phase one of many phases, and now it is just every day looking to make it better.”

The anniversary was not the focus of the show, but it was given a brief mention at the end by anchors Erica Hill, Gayle King and Charlie Rose. On social media platforms, producers sparked conversation with viewers using the #100Mornings hashtag.

“For a show like this to launch cleanly, every part of this building had to really reinvent themselves,” Licht says. “Because we did things differently, from the engineering department to the editing department, photography, everybody had to be on board with this, and there is no way we would have launched so cleanly had not everyone in the building really pulled together under Jeff [Fager] and David [Rhodes] and said ‘ok, we are going to make this work.’”

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High Praise For ‘CBS This Morning’ At CBS Upfront

CBS held its upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall yesterday, and while most of the show was focused on primetime, there was also high praise about “CBS This Morning” from both CBS CEO Les Moonves and CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler.

“CBS This Morning” Co-anchors Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill were all in attendance (see picture right).

In his introductory speech, Moonves said, “At CBS News there is a true renaissance going on under the leadership of [CBS News chairman] Jeff Fager and [CBS news president] David Rhodes, and we are thrilled with the results. The new “CBS This Morning” is the best broadcast we have ever had in the morning.”

Tassler, in giving an overview of current programming, said “It is a distinctive broadcast that is getting our day off to its best start in decades.”

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‘CBS This Morning’ Snags Mitt Romney Interview

Likely GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has mostly avoided interviews with TV news outlets not named Fox News over the last six months or so. With the primary seemingly in the bag, he appears to be opening up a bit. Last week he spoke to ABC’s Diane Sawyer on “ABC World News,” and this week he is wading into the network morning show wars.

Rather than going to the number one or number two morning show, the Romneys are appearing on the program that is regarded as having the “hardest” news pedigree, even as it sits a distant third in the ratings.

Tomorrow morning “CBS This Morning” has the “exclusive,” according to the network, with Mitt and Ann Romney live and in-studio at 7:40 AM.

TIME & People Throw WHCA Cocktail Party

The parties are underway in Washington D.C. ahead of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Last night at the St. Regis, TIME and People threw a cocktail party with drop-ins from a bunch of boldface tvnewsers all enjoying custom flavored custards by Shake Shack.

TIME‘s Managing Editor Rick Stengel (below with Savannah Guthrie) along with and DC bureau chief Michael Duffy, People‘s Managing Editor Larry Hackett, and DC correspondent Sandra Sobieraj Westfall hosted the party.

Spotted at the party: Gayle King (below with Andrea Mitchell), Chris Matthews, Julie Chen and hubby CBS CEO Les Moonves (right with Wolf Blitzer), Greta Van Susteren, Wolf Blitzer, , Thomas Roberts, Kelly O’Donnell, Ed Henry, Willie Geist, Dana Bash, Erica Hill, Chris Wallace, Tamron Hall, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Donna Brazile; ABC News president Ben Sherwood, NBC News president Steve Capus, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and “Face the Nation” EP Mary Hager also CNN execs Mark Whitaker and Sam Feist.

(Photos: Getty Images)

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