Fresh off of his new contract, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is out doing another round of publicity for his book Killing Lincoln. In addition to an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Imus in the Morning” and “Fox & Friends,” O’Reilly was a guest on “CBS This Morning,” where he was interviewed by Charlie Rose and Erica Hill.
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U.S. TV networks are taking an interest into an ongoing media investigation in the U.K. as James Murdoch testified once again this morning over the phone hacking scandal involving News Corp. properties. While C-SPAN2 carried the testimony live, the story has also been reported on Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC and the two News Corp.-owned channels, Fox News and Fox Business.
On “CBS This Morning,” Nick Ferrari, a journalist and former Murdoch media executive, told Erica Hill, “James is the warm-up act for his father Rupert Murdoch, who is here tomorrow. If you think there’s a lot of noise and excitement for the son, you wait until dad comes here.”
Actual news got in the way of last night’s annual New York fundraiser for the journalism group NLGJA. Soledad O’Brien, who was to co-host with her HLN colleague Jane Velez-Mitchell, couldn’t as she moderated CNN’s Trayvon Martin town hall which airs tonight.
Don Lemon jetted up from Atlanta to co-host with Velez-Mitchell, who mixed and mingled before making a beeline for Time Warner Center herself to participate in the town hall.
Velez-Mitchell made the biggest splash of the night when, during her welcome remarks to the crowd, she pulled her girlfriend on stage and planted a big kiss on her. “I won’t be doing that!” Lemon joked. “Ben doesn’t like that kind of thing,” he said glancing over to his partner, Ben Tinker, who is a producer in CNN’s medical unit.
CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker talked about his network’s commitment to diversity in the ranks and on the air. CNN was the lead sponsor for the event which was held at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom in SoHo.
Also spotted in the crowd: NBC News VP Alex Wallace, former “Today” show co-anchor Meredith Vieira, “CBS This Morning” co-host Erica Hill, MSNBC’s Willie Geist, former MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer and Fox News meteorologist Rick Reichmuth.
We chatted with FBN’s Gerri Willis who told us she has a new appreciation for the work of the Supreme Court after anchoring her show from Washington during oral arguments on the health care law. We also caught up with Fox News’s Alisyn Camerota and new Fox News political analyst Sally Kohn, who is settling in to her role as progressive pundit both on air and online, which
On Wednesday, CBS News celebrated the one year anniversary of its new leadership under chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes. CBS brought in a giant cake and plenty of champagne for staff to enjoy, with satellite offices calling into the newsroom to hear the speeches.
“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley toasted Fager and Rhodes, and other attendees included the “CBS This Morning” team of Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Erica Hill and CBS CEO Les Moonves also stopped by, according to an attendee.
Today’s debut of “CBS This Morning” was worth the price of admission just for the pleasure of watching 70-year-old Charlie Rose look into the camera and say: “It’s a huge Twitter topic that Twitter friends have been Tweeting.”
PBS’s cerebral late-night host was probably thinking: #WTF?
As the producers no doubt instantly realized, Rose’s comfort zone does not extend seamlessly to pop-culture stories like Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby. Still, he gets an A for effort, and so does the show.
Given CBS’s unbroken record of failure dating back to the launch of its first morning broadcast in 1954, executive producer Chris Licht made good on his promise to break the mold. There was no goofy weatherguy, no raucous fans outside the studio and, most important, no phony chit-chat among anchors.
In fact, unlike Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s hit ‘Morning Joe,’ (Licht’s previous credit), Rose and Gayle King rarely appeared together on set. He fronted the hard news-driven 7 a.m. hour, with the affable King on the lighter stuff from 8 to 9. Erica Hill, lone holdover from CBS’s ‘Early Show,’ crossed over both hours.
Instead of the traditional couch, they sat around a round glass table – perhaps an homage to Rose’s wood model on PBS. The glass-walled Green Room, which does have a couch, is also on set, which may well turn out to be a short-lived experiment.
There were several live shots of rocker Melissa Etheridge and Julianna Margulies, star of CBS’s ‘The Good Wife,’ chatting on said couch. They may or may not have been noshing on bagels. Don’t be surprised if this novelty wears off quickly. Many celebs, particularly those outside the CBS family, are not eager to be seen behind the curtain.
CBS this morning debuted its new morning news program, “CBS This Morning.” After a brief introduction from Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill, previewing the days stories. The first segment was the “Eye Opener,” a slickly-produced 90-second look at the past 24 hours in news (unfortunately CBS did not make the segment embeddable, but you can view it here). Update: Here it is:
Among the stories today, plenty of politics, a follow-up on yesterday’s “60 Minutes” report from Scott Pelley on stem cell fraud, and some lighter news in the 8 PM hour.
The set for the new show, Studio 57 (named after its location on 57th street in New York City) is impressive and large, and includes something that EP Chris Licht said would be absent a few weeks ago: a couch. That said, the couch is actually located in the green room, which just happens to be behind glass on the set itself. See Licht give a tour here:
More on the set, after the jump.
CBS News is changing up the final week of “The Early Show.” On Monday and Tuesday Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell will co-anchor from Des Moines, Iowa ahead of the first votes of the 2012 presidential primary. Next Friday’s show will be the last for “Early” which debuted Nov. 1, 1999, with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson as co-anchors. On Monday, January 9, the new “CBS This Morning” with Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill will launch.
Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly is profiled in today’s New York Times, and the “America Live” anchor — who is gearing up for Thursday’s GOP debate in Sioux City, Iowa — talks about everything from how she got her start in television (“I said I’d put a stiletto through his eye if he didn’t put me on the air”) to some early-career advice she got from a well-known newswoman who told her she had to choose between having a family or being a major news anchor:
Ms. Kelly — now a Fox News anchor, ex-Jones Day lawyer and blond GQ pinup with the alabaster good looks of Katherine Heigl and the can-do-ism of a former aerobics instructor — decided to ignore her. “It was terrible advice,” she said, recently speaking from her studio.
Ms. Kelly, 41, is part of a new generation of TV anchors — Erica Hill of “The Early Show” on CBS, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Soledad O’Brien, formerly of “American Morning” on CNN — who have juggled their careers and family life full-throttle in front of millions of viewers in a way that Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer notably did not. Rather than hide their pregnancies, they flaunt them; rather than cover up their off-hours role as mothers, they turn it into part of their on-air persona.
Kelly, who says she loves the political horse race, interviewed Donald Trump this week about the debate he plans to moderate — and snuck in a question about his infamous hair (video after the jump).
- Come January 9, “The Early Show” will be no more. CBS has settled on a new name for its new morning news program hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill. The show will be called “CBS This Morning.” As noted by Eric Deggans, that is the name of the morning program that aired on CBS from 1987-1999.
“It’s interesting that people think I’m interested,” says Syler, an ‘Early Show’ anchor from 2002 to ’06. “I’m not in that world anymore. To be honest, I don’t have much of a reaction.”
She may be the only one. Most observers predict that the unlikely combination of the cerebral Rose, who turns 70 next month, and the chatty King, 56, will do nothing to break CBS’s unabated string of failures in a franchise that dates back to 1954, with host Walter Cronkite.
“It has no shot, in the slightest,” says network-news analyst Andrew Tyndall.
“I don’t get it…. Charlie Rose won’t play in the morning. Of all the timeslots for TV news, morning shows skew the youngest. It’s completely counter-intuitive to hire someone that old.”
When the show launches Jan. 9, the plan is for Rose to handle the 7 a.m. hour and King the 8 a.m., with holdover Erica Hill contributing to both. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager says the new broadcast will do nothing less than “redefine the morning television landscape.”
Is that all? Heady stuff for a show in its third incarnation since last December; its eighth since ’99.
Having essentially two different programs will be too disruptive to morning viewers accustomed to a more discernible flow, according to Tyndall. “There is such a sharp break between what Rose