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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.

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Bill O’Reilly Makes The TV News Rounds Following New Deal With Fox News

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.

James Murdoch Testifies Again in Hacking Scandal; Rupert Murdoch To Testify Tomorrow

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.”

A Kiss Before Flying. Jane Velez-Mitchell Has No ‘Issues’ at NLGJA Fundraiser

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

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CBS News Toasts One Year Of New Leadership Under Jeff Fager and David Rhodes

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.

(L-R) Charlie Rose, Chris Licht, Jeff Fager, Scott Pelley and David Rhodes

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‘CBS This Morning’ Review: Mold Broken, Comfort Zones Stretched, ‘An A for Effort’

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.

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CBS Kicks Off ‘CBS This Morning’

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.

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Bob Schieffer & Norah O’Donnell to anchor ‘Early Show’ from Iowa

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.

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