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CBS CEO Les Moonves On News Division: ‘We wouldn’t be a network without it’

Yesterday CBS CEO Les Moonves was interviewed as part of the HRTS “Newsmaker” series. Among many other topics, Moonves discussed his network’s new morning show, and the state of broadcast news as a whole. He also briefly addressed the long-rumored on again off again partnership with CNN.

With regards to the revamped “Early Show,” Moonves was bullish on the new concept:

“To do a poor imitation of the Today Show or GMA is not the way to go,” Moonves said. “It’s going to be a different kind of show.”

Given the unusual pairing of Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill, and the statements made by CBS News executives, it certainly sounds like it will be different.

Moonves was also bullish on broadcast news as a whole, though he acknowledged that it would never bring in the money that the entertainment side of the business does:

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For CBS News Executives, New Morning Show Is a Chance to Refresh Expectations

Just off of 57th street and 10th avenue, behind some temporary walls (that you may have seen earlier this month), CBS is building out a new studio and newsroom. The studio, which CBS News chairman Jeff Fager called “Studio 57″ during a tour of the space this afternoon, is currently an empty room, filled only with construction workers and equipment. The walls are exposed brick, which Fager says will remain a part of the design. There is also a newsroom next door, which will have a large window on 57th street and skylights, letting natural light into a room that was once kept quite dark.

Come January 9, it will be home to CBS News’ new morning program, to be anchored by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill.

Fager, along with CBS News president David Rhodes and VP of programming Chris Licht are betting that the new show will reverse the network’s morning channel fortunes.

“It matters to this news organization a lot,” Fager said. “[There is] a phrase that I hate hearing, and that is ‘distant third.’”

Fager has charged Licht with running the show. In addition to his duties as VP of programming for CBS News, Licht will serve as EP of the new program:

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Here’s the News on the New CBS Morning News

Alex is over at the CBS Broadcast Center on W 57th St. for a news conference on the new morning show. He’ll have a complete write-up later, but here’s the news from Alex via @TVNewser so far.

[CBS News Chairman Jeff] Fager says the morning show will go on the road, Gayle King says she will focus on CBS. Ending OWN TV show.

Charlie addresses the early wake up call. Says he wishes the rumors of his wild nightlife were true. Normally wakes up at 5 or 6 am.

Jeff Glor to be a special correspondent on new morning show.

And it is official. Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill named co-hosts of the new CBS morning show.

Chris Licht will serve as EP of new CBS morning show. Will remain as VP of programming as well.

New CBS morning show starts Jan. 9. Space isn’t even close to ready yet.

“What you will see in the morning is a program that is very different.”

Scott Pelley, Jeff Glor spotted at CBS morning show press conference.

Follow @TVNewser for more updates.

> Update: More from CBSNews.com.

Charlie Rose, Gayle King to Headline New CBS Morning News

After much talk, first in Page Six, CBS News is bringing on Charlie Rose and Gayle King to front a revamped and, likely, renamed CBS morning news show.

An announcement is expected Tuesday, sources tell TVNewser.

The current anchors Erica Hill and Jeff Glor, who were named co-anchor and news anchor less than a year ago, will play a role in the new morning program.

Chris Wragge will rejoin WCBS — he’d already been named 6pm co-anchor — and work on other projects. The new show will continue to leave weather reports to CBS affiliates.

Rose is best known for his late night, “Charlie Rose” interview show on PBS and Bloomberg. But he’s worked on and off for CBS News over the years, including as a correspondent on “60 Minutes II.” King, has worked in local newsrooms in Baltimore, Kansas City and Hartford, but may be best known as Oprah Winfrey’s friend and confidant. The two met while working at CBS-owned WJZ-TV in Baltimore. King hosts “The Gayle King Show,” on Sirius radio for two hours every morning. The second hour is simulcast on OWN TV. King is also an editor-at-large on O, The Oprah Magazine.

CBS News reassembled the inner workings of the show last Friday slashing some positions while adding others.

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Royals, Rockers On Halloween Morning Shows

Today is Halloween, which means that on the network morning shows, the anchors were forced to wear silly costumes in an effort to entertain viewers… and each other.

On NBC’s “Today,” the crew dressed up as the Royal Family following the Royal Wedding, with Matt Lauer as Prince William, Ann Curry as Kate Middleton, Savannah Guthrie as Prince Charles and the return of Meredith Vieira as Queen Elizabeth II:


On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the hosts dressed up as their favorite rockers. Robin Roberts dressed up as Nicki Minaj, George Stephanopoulos dressed as Lady Gaga‘s alter-ego Jo Calderone, and Sam Champion and Josh Elliott dressed as, well, watch:

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Charlie Rose on CBS ‘Early Show’ Talks: ‘I’m intrigued by the fact that they want to do it differently’

PBS interviewer Charlie Rose gets grilled by Howard Kurtz, and acknowledges that yes, he has had discussions with CBS News about joining “The Early Show”:

I’m having conversations with CBS because I’m a member of that family. I’m intrigued by the fact that they want to do it differently. They understand that their success will not lie in duplicating what’s already on morning television.

By “they want to do it differently, Rose is likely referring to the fact that CBS is refocusing its morning show to be heavy on serious, political news as a way to differentiate it against NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Rose is already a part of the CBS family, having been a contributor to “60 Minutes” and the now-defunct “60 Minutes II” since 1999. He was also an anchor and correspondent for CBS News earlier in his career.

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Moammar Gadhafi Killed, Injured or Captured: Broadcast and Cable Nets Scramble to Confirm and Cover

Update: CBS News has a great exclusive: video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learning of Gadhafi’s alleged death via her Blackberry:


Update: A Libyan transitional government minister has confirmed Gadhafi’s death, and all of the U.S. networks are now reporting the news as such.

Update: Al Jazeera English now has exclusive pictures and video of Gadhafi’s body, and has confirmed his death. Graphic image here.

Original story: This morning reports out of Libya say that Moammar Gadhafi has been either wounded, captured and/or killed. So far neither the U.S. State Department nor the Libyan transition government have confirmed the news.

The uncertainty regarding the claims led to some wariness and delays from the broadcast and cable news outlets.

CBS News was the first to report the claims on broadcast, with Erica Hill delivering a special report for the network at 7:30 AM. The story was updated at 8 and 8:30 AM, with Hill delivering another special reporting with news of his death at 8:45. CBS is producing new installments of the program for all time zones.

Both ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” reported the Gadhafi news at 8 AM, though both made a point of noting that it was unconfirmed. They went on to continue with their standard programs, occasionally giving brief updates as they came in, culminating in special reports at 8:40.

On cable:

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The ‘Soberly Focused’ CBS ‘Early Show’

The New York TimesAlessandra Stanley has been keeping an eye on CBS’s “Early Show,” and she likes what she sees … we think:

There isn’t much news you can use on “The Early Show” on CBS. It no longer offers dieting tips, barbecue recipes or audience makeovers. There are no pop concerts or “Growing Pains” cast reunions. “The Early Show” doesn’t plan weddings or even forecast rain — weather is delegated to local affiliates.

CBS’s morning show is at times so soberly focused on hard news that it looks almost like PBS or C-Span. Or worse: its stolid co-anchors, Chris Wragge and Erica Hill, stare into the camera with a bleak blue backdrop behind them that gives the show the look of a Soviet newscast in the Brezhnev era.

Stanely writes that the new, and still transformational format hasn’t moved the needle much. “Early” is still a distant third in the ratings behind the wedding planning “Today” show and the cast reunion-ific “Good Morning America.” If you’d like to follow ratings of the three morning shows, click here.

For First Time in 18 Seasons, Network Morning Shows Add Younger Viewers; Add Total Viewers for First Time in 7 Seasons

What is going on with the broadcast networks? They’re adding viewers when cable and the Internets say they shouldn’t be.

On Tuesday we told you about how the broadcast evening newscasts had grown their total viewership year-over-year, after 8 seasons of declining viewership.

And now, with the numbers complete for the 2010-11 season, Nielsen reports that for the first time since the 1992-93 TV season, all 3 morning newscasts grew in A25-54 viewers. And for the first time since the 2003-04 TV season, all 3 morning newscasts grew in Total Viewers.

NBC’s “Today” remains the leader in the mornings with a 744,00 total viewer lead on #2 ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “GMA” shows the most growth season-to-season: +10% in Total Viewers and +3% in A25-54 viewers. “Today” is up +2% in both measurements and CBS’s “Early Show” was up +1% in Total Viewers and up slightly in younger viewers.

One more note, the 9am hour of the “Today” show topped ABC’s “The View” in Total Viewers for the season. That’s the first time that’s happened since the 2006-07 season.

We’ll have the complete numbers a little later today…

‘The Early Show’ Leaving GM Building for CBS Broadcast Center, New Studio to Have Different Look

CBS News’ “The Early Show” is preparing to leave its current studio at the General Motors Building and move to a new home at the CBS Broadcast Center, TVNewser has learned. “The Early Show” will move to the new offices and studio when construction has been completed, though an exact date was not given.

CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, president David Rhodes and VP of programming Chris Licht discussed the move with staff during a town hall meeting Thursday.

The new “Early Show” set will look very different than both NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and the employee workspace will have a layout that CBS News has not traditionally used. One attendee of the meeting said that Licht’s influence was apparent in the mockups, saying that the workspace was reminiscent of MSNBC’s newsroom design and layout. The new offices and studio will occupy space previously held by the CBS News digital team.

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