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James Brown: ‘I Challenge the NFL Community and All Men’ to Confront Domestic Violence

BrownDuring the pregame to CBS’ first NFL Thursday night game this week, studio announcer James Brown had a message for both the NFL and men in light of the ongoing Ray Rice suspension fallout.

“I challenge the NFL community and all men to seriously confront the problem of domestic violence,” Brown said during CBS’ pregame show.

“This problem is bigger than football…but wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, can be channeled, to truly here and address the long suffering cries for help of so many women, and as they said, do something about it?”

Brown went on to address longstanding discriminating sports vernacular against women, like, “you throw the ball like a girl,” as being part of the problem (watch after the jump). Brown, a longtime sports broadcaster, recently shared with us his first big break in the business.

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With Ray Rice News, James Brown and Scott Pelley Kick-Off Thursday Night Football

PelleyBrownInstead of Rihanna and Jay-Z opening CBS’s premiere Thursday Night Football, CBS’s James Brown and Scott Pelley did the honors.

“Circumstances surrounding the evolving Ray Rice story is where we must begin,” Brown said at the top of the 7:30pmET pre-show, then tossing to “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley in New York who updated viewers on the case.

CBS had planned to run a segment featuring Rihanna singing the Jay Z song “Run This Town,” but that was cut in lieu of the Rice news. A few minutes later, “CBS This Morning” anchor Norah O’Donnell joined Brown on set in Baltimore. O’Donnell interviewed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week, but since then new news has come out that Rice told Goodell he hit his then-fiancee, that February night in Atlantic City, videotaped evidence of which thrust the story back on the front page this week.

As for CBS’ first Thursday Night Football (8-11pmET), the network is thrilled with the ratings outcome. The overnight ratings show a primetime household rating/share of 12.9/22, +215% higher than the comparable CBS primetime programming a year ago. This was CBS’ best primetime Thursday delivery since May 18, 2006.

My First Big Break: James Brown

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To borrow a football term, CBS Sports NFL studio host James Brown‘s first big break was a bit of a hail mary. At a 1970s audition to announce for the then-NBA Washington Bullets, Brown took it upon himself to land a big interview. “They were impressed that I brought the team star over on his day off and conducted a pretty decent interview,” Brown told us.

Even with the occasional on-air fumble along the way, Brown has never become complacent. “I still work just as hard now, if not harder, as I did back then getting started.” Beginning tomorrow, James Brown adds hosting “NFL Thursday Night Kickoff” to his CBS schedule.

Pres. Obama Delivers Statement From White House Briefing Room

President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Briefing Room this afternoon on the economy and Washington gridlock. The cable and broadcast networks had live coverage of the press conference, which included questions from the press after the President delivered his remarks.

“Good Morning America” weekend news anchor Ron Claiborne anchored an ABC News special report, joined by Jonathan Karl. On NBC, David Gregory anchored with Chuck Todd at the White House. James Brown anchored on CBS with Bill Plante at the White House.

The cable news networks also took the President’s statement live: Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News with Wendell Goler at the White House, Krystal Ball anchored for MSNBC with Chris Jansing at the White House, and Anderson Cooper anchored for CNN with Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem, Jake Tapper in Washington and Michelle Kosinski at the White House.

> First question goes to Roberta Rampton from Reuters, who asked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

> Second question goes to Bill Plante from CBS News, who asked the President if he’s losing his international influence. In his response, Obama says that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on “even longer than you’ve been reporting.”

> Third question goes to Fox News’ Wendell Goler, who asks about the President’s executive orders.

> Fourth and last question goes to CNN’s Michelle Kosinski, who asks if a cease-fire in Gaza is realistic.

James Brown on Anchoring ‘CBS Evening News’: ‘I Forgot How All-Encompassing It Is’

BrownHe’s won multiple Emmys for his work as an NFL studio host for both CBS and Fox, but this week, James Brown has called an audible, filling in for Scott Pelley on “CBS Evening News.”

“It’s been exciting, it keeps my juices flowing,” Brown told TVNewser in an interview this afternoon. “I forgot how all-encompassing it is because news happens continuously.”

“I got a call the other day saying, ‘J.B. you need to get over here a little bit sooner than planned because we have some breaking news you need to be on top of.’ So, I am on 24/7 in that regard.”

The leads on “Evening News” have reflected a busy news week: extreme weather on Monday, athlete head injuries on Tuesday, and the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa on Wednesday.

“I’ve made it a point once I signed on to become a special correspondent [for CBS News] to make certain my day consists of at least being relatively well-versed with a range of news, whether it’s local, domestic, or global.” he said. “And also on the silos: health, education, Capitol Hill–and all the dysfunction that’s taking place there–I make certain that I have at least a good fundamental understanding of what’s going on.”

And how does Brown feel about sitting in the anchor chair for CBS’ flagship newscast compared to his usual NFL studio digs?

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Anderson Cooper, Crocodile Hunter, Scores for ’60 Minutes’

“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.

CBS Knocked For Super Bowl Blackout Coverage

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.)

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Bob Costas Uses NFL Halftime Commentary To Advocate For Gun Control

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.

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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:
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Bill Owens Readies To Step Up To ’60 Minutes Sports’ Plate

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.”

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James Brown On His CBS News Role: ‘I would like to think there will be no limits’

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.

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