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Howard Stringer on CBS News: ‘A Wonderful Period of My Life and Looking Back on it, the Happiest’

Sir Howard Stringer is the chairman of the giant multinational Sony Corp. But Sir Howard says his days as executive producer of the “CBS Evening News,” was “a wonderful period of my life and looking back on it, the happiest.” Stringer, named a Giant of Broadcasting yesterday at a ceremony in New York, says the Dan Rather anchored show went from third place and “ended up as the dominant number.”

FishbowlNY’s Jerry Barmash was at the event and caught up with Sir Howard. Watch:

Stringer also talks about how he wooed David Letterman to CBS after Stringer was named president of the network, and how he tried to hire Johnny Carson too.

As for Dan Rather’s big break, he tells us about it in “My First Big Break,” after the jump…

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Howard Stringer, Jeff Zucker Among Those Considered For Top CNN Post

CNN is still actively searching for its new worldwide president, who will replace Jim Walton when he steps down at the end of the year. As we have noted before, former “Today” EP and NBC universal CEO Jeff Zucker is one of the names being considered. The New York Post‘s Claire Atkinson has a few more today.

Among them: former CBS News president and Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer (pictured right), former NBC news president and current WNYC CEO Neal Shapiro and former ABC News chief David Westin.

“We should know something in a month, perhaps before the elections,” said one CNN insider. “Unlike CNN International, we just don’t have someone with a mission.

“We need our Roger Ailes,” the source said, referring to the chief of Fox News, which toppled ratings leader CNN years ago and has since widened its lead.

Time Warner execs are also getting help internally. Sources say HBO boss Richard Plepler is playing a key role in advising Bewkes.

Titans, Moguls and a Presidential Candidate Pay Respects to Mike Wallace

If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.

That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.

Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”

Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for  six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.

“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.

Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.

“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.

“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.

“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”

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Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and More Turn Out to Remember Lane Venardos

Longtime CBS News executive Lane Venardos was fondly remembered Wednesday in a moving service at the Paley Center in New York City.

Venardos who died August 19 at his home in Maui, spent 30 years at CBS News producing live news, special events and documentaries. He would go on to produce the “Survivor” live finales for Mark Burnett on CBS.

More than 200 luminaries from across the television industry attended the memorial, including CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, News president David Rhodes; Charles Osgood, Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, and Rita Braver; current “CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin, CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (who currently has the job Venardos once held) and “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison.

Also Diane Sawyer, now with ABC News, who worked with Venardos during her time at CBS and from NBC: Brian Williams, News president Steve Capus and former CBSer, now EP of “Rock Center” Rome Hartman, were there, as was former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. ABC’s “This Week” EP Rick Kaplan, and former “GMA” boss Jim Murphy, both former CBS Newsers, attended.

Former CBS News and CBS, Inc. president Howard Stringer, who worked closely with Venardos during his years at CBS and who is now CEO of Sony, spoke via video. Other speakers included Pelley, Stahl, Williams and Venardos’s daughter Kelly who is a producer for “NBC Nightly News.” CBS News “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky presented a video tribute (after the jump). The service concluded with a vocal solo performed by Venardos’s son, Kevin.

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Tom Brokaw Fills in For Brian Roberts… er, Brian Williams, at CPJ Awards Dinner

Last night the Committee to Protect Journalists held its 20th annual International Press Freedom Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was scheduled to host the evening, but breaking news kept him in-studio. His predecessor at “Nightly” Tom Brokaw gamely filled in, according to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Georg Szalai.

Sony chairman and CEO (and former CBS News president) Sir Howard Stringer chaired the event, and got a few jabs in at outgoing NBC CEO Jeff Zucker, whom he last saw when Williams roasted him at another media event:

“I thought, my god, I hope I still have a job when I [get to] the stage — because I haven’t seen Jeff Zucker since,” Stringer quipped.

He then accidentally referred to Brian Williams as Brian Roberts — the chairman of Comcast — causing a round of unintended laughs.

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Media Executives Make The Vanity Fair 100

vf100090310.jpgVanity Fair has released its Vanity Fair 100 list, which purports to count down the 100 most influential people of the information age. Not surprisingly, plenty of boldface media names make the cut.

Among them:

#4: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who oversees Fox News Channel.

#7 Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City and the founder of Bloomberg LP, which owns the Bloomberg business network.

#13: Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who oversees CNN.

#14: Disney CEO Bob Iger, who oversees ABC News

#21: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who is in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

#59: Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, the former president of CBS News and executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”

#62: PBS host Charlie Rose.

More names, as well as a pair of notable non-inclusions, are after the jump:

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Friends, Colleagues, Presidents Remember Walter Cronkite

Cronkite_9.9.jpgThis morning TVNewser attended the public memorial service for Walter Cronkite at Lincoln Center in New York City. The service included remarks from close friends including Andy Rooney and Bob Schieffer as well as major public figures including President Barack Obama who did not know Cronkite, and former President Bill Clinton, who struck up a friendship with Cronkite during what Clinton called a “tumultuous time” during his presidency.

The event was as much a history lesson as it was a remembrance and tribute. As Sony Chairman and former CBS News researcher-turned producer-turned president Sir Howard Stringer put it, “The history of broadcast journalism is the history of Walter Cronkite.” But while Cronkite may represent a bygone era, the service also provided an opportunity for journalists to reflect on how Cronkite’s standards will survive the changing media landscape

• Full story and more photos after the jump.

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Cronkite Memorial Guest Speaker list

On September 9th, Lincoln Center in New York City will host the Walter Crokite memorial service, which, according to a NYPost Page Six listing, will feature several high-profile speakers:

President Obama is expected to speak, as are Bill Clinton, Buzz Aldrin for NASA, and Nick Clooney in place of his son, George — who entertained the beloved CBS anchorman at his villa on Lake Como and will be away at the Venice Film Festival. Then, the CBS brass will speak: Les Moonves, Sean McManus, Bob Schieffer and maybe Andy Rooney, if he can. Rooney choked up at the funeral and couldn’t deliver his eulogy. Tom Brokaw and Howard Stringer will also speak between performances by Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Jimmy Buffett and Mickey Hart, and the US Marine Corps band.

Katie Couric will also speak and there will be a few group presentations as well. TVNewser will have more details as they are released.

Morning Show Remembrances for Walter Cronkite; ‘Evening News’ Voiceover Retired

CBS_7.18.jpgThe Saturday morning news broadcasts turned into tributes to Walter Cronkite. On CBS’ “The Early Show” weekday anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez hosted alongside Saturday Early anchor Chris Wragge.

Guests included Katie Couric, who will anchor the CBS Evening News tonight. What you won’t hear on the Evening News going forward is the Cronkite voiceover which was added when Couric took over the broadcast in 2006. CBS News has retired the announce “effective immediately.”

Also on “Early”, ABC’s Charles Gibson live from Massachusetts, NBC’s Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw by phone; Morley Safer, Lesley Stahl, Bob Schieffer, and Sony Chairman Sir Howard Stringer who rose through the ranks at CBS News ultimately becoming news division president.

Gibson was also a guest on his network’s “Good Morning America”, just as Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw appeared on “Today.”

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CES Day One: Stringer, Yang, Couric…

webnewserCES_12.30.jpg• Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer talks about his “alma mater CBS News” during the opening keynote. With a surprise visit from the star of an upcoming Sony Pictures release…

Look who we spotted in the NBC Universal booth…

Katie Couric goes from the CBS Evening News, to YouTube, back to the TV as Samsung unveils Internet@TV

Today @ CES: We’re heading to interview FBN’s Connell McShane and NBC News VP of Digital Media Mark Lukasiewicz and who knows who else we’ll run into on the show floor.

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