“60 Minutes” made the Nielsen Top 10 for the third time in four weeks, finishing at #9. The broadcast, with a lead-in and delayed in half the country by the NCAA Tournament, drew 10.5 million viewers. Sunday’s show featured Lesley Stahl’s report on Russian punk band Pussy Riot, James Brown’s story about a man’s quest to play in the NFL after being exonerated of rape charges and Anderson Cooper diving with Nile crocodiles in Botswana.
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The big story everyone is talking about from last night’s Super Bowl was the blackout that enveloped half of the SuperDome in the second half. CBS released a statement trying to explain how the blackout affected its coverage:
“Immediately after the power failure in the Superdome, we lost numerous cameras and some audio powered by sources in the Superdome. We utilized CBS’s back-up power and at no time did we leave the air. During the interruption, CBS Sports’ Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots and our studio team reported on the situation as a breaking news story, providing updates and reports while full power was being restored to the dome including our sets and broadcast booth. All commercial commitments during the broadcast are being honored.”
The CBS team was dealt a tough hand, clearly, but that hasn’t stopped critics from taking aim at how its reporters handled the blackout. The pressing issue: there was essentially no explanation for why the blackout happened, and no reaction from the NFL or the teams. The blackout was spent showing highlights and vapid analysis from the studio team, with James Brown saying that power would be restored “in 15 minutes” at least twice.
“The CBS cameras showed John Harbaugh on the field, obviously highly agitated, but no one bothered to tell us what the coach was so agitated about,” Wrote the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik. (Harbaugh talked about it a bit on “Today” this morning.)
NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas used his weekly halftime commentary segment during “Sunday Night Football” to advocate for something that had little to do with sports: gun control.
The impetus was a tragic shooting in Kansas City, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, drove to the team’s training camp, and shot himself in front his coaches.
Costas used the words of sportswriter Jason Whitlock to argue that the “gun culture” in America undoubtedly had a role in the shooting, and needed to be changed.
In Sports Illustrated, sports media ace Richard Deitsch critiqued the Belcher coverage on the NFL programs, reserving his harshest criticism for CBS’ handling of the situation. CBS opened with a shlocky live commercial for Garmin GPS devices before finally beginning the show:
CBS News “60 Minutes” executive editor Bill Owens will be adding to his duties as the co-EP of “60 Minutes Sports,” which will debut on pay-cabler Showtime in January. Owens gets profiled by B&C’s Tim Baysinger (subscription required), and reveals a bit more about the program, which will combine updated archival stories, new stories, and in-studio interviews.
“Everybody on the floor is going to contribute stories,” he says, noting that Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Lara Logan and James Brown will all participate. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian will also be a full-time correspondent. And Owens says they have talked about bringing in sports talent from outside the CBS/Showtime corporate family: “We may well end up with a familiar face from one of the other broadcasts.”
CBS Sports anchor James Brown is no stranger to television news. He has filled in on “The Early Show,” and his 2009 interview with Michael Vick for “60 Minutes” drew accolades. Now, CBS has formalized the partnership, signing Brown as a special correspondent. He starts tomorrow, filling in as an anchor on “CBS This Morning”‘s Saturday edition.
“I mean this from the bottom of my heart, I am excited and humbled that a division as synonymous with news excellence would welcome me into the fold as a special correspondent,” Brown told TVNewser.
While he is best known for his sports reporting, be it on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” or “60 Minutes,” Brown says that he does not want to restrict himself to any particular type of news.
“I would like to think there will be no limits, having done something akin to news for a number of years leading up to this. I hosted a program called ‘America’s Black Forum’ which was like an African-American version of ‘Meet the Press’ in syndication for a number of years,” Brown says. “I thoroughly enjoyed my role as a correspondent for ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,’ which is one of the best shows on television be it sports or general news, so that certainly gave me a comfort level because we would do long-form pieces on a range of topics that just happened to have sports as the backdrop.”
In past interviews Brown has expressed an interest in anchoring the “CBS Evening News.” When asked whether he would still like to pinch-hit on that program, Brown said yes, but that it isn’t a priority.
Legendary NFL commentator and CBS Sports host James Brown is joining CBS News as a special correspondent. Brown will report for and appear on all CBS News broadcasts, with his first appearance slated for Saturday’s installment of “CBS This Morning.”
“Audiences know JB as the face of “The NFL Today” and other sports broadcasts — what they may not know is his curiosity about the news,” said CBS News president David Rhodes in a statement. “His wide-ranging interests from sports to faith to community service will be great assets to CBS News and to our viewers.”
He will of course remain in his current role at “The NFL Today” and on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”
More information after the jump.
In his column in the Miami New Times, Luther Campbell, the former leader of the rap group 2 Live Crew and former Miami-Dade mayoral candidate, lambasted the sports media for having the audacity to say that Cam Newton struggled in his first NFL preseason game (even though he did). Campbell said the big reason why black athletes like Newton, Tiger Woods and LeBron James get heavily criticized, while Eli Manning, John Daly and Brett Favre supposedly get free passes, is because “sports news outlets are dominated by white faces.”
Campbell’s column is short enough that we could have pasted it here in full. But this outtake below is a good indication of his general tone and attitude: Read more
Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Jets general manager Mike Tanenbaum make a cameo on this Friday’s episode of “CSI: New York.” Neither embarrass themselves during this segment, but the best line definitely belongs to show star Gary Sinise, who ends the encounter by saying to a colleague, “Let’s go get a snack,” a nod to Ryan’s notorious tagline from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series.
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Can’t make this stuff up, continued: ESPN’s website last week, in a lead paragraph, gave ESPN full credit for breaking the story that the Yankees have extended Cliff Lee an extra seventh year on their offer. In the third paragraph, this appeared: “SI.com first reported that the Yankees added a seventh year to their offer.”
In a sense, at least the Worldwide Leader bothered to give another outlet credit instead of just stealing it outright. Given the focus on the story – and the importance of SI.com – they probably couldn’t get away with snagging the credit for themselves. On the other hand, ESPN seems to get worse and worse as they gain more power. Maybe that book will change something?
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