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Ben Sherwood’s Champagne Toast from ABC News Colleagues

BEN SHERWOOD (PRESIDENT, ABC NEWS)ABC News president Ben Sherwood got a champagne toast from his senior team Tuesday following the news of his promotion to co-president of Disney/ABC TV. Sherwood was tapped for the top job on Monday. He’ll take over for Anne Sweeney early next year. It’s the first time an ABC News president has moved up to the top job at the network. “People are thrilled at the prospect of having an ally like Ben in Burbank,” an ABC insider tells TVNewser.

Sherwood took the red eye back to New York Tuesday morning. In the 9am editorial meeting he got a round of applause from ABC News staffers in New York and beyond. “He was very humble and gave credit to the whole news division,” says our source.

Sherwood has been the boss at ABC News a little over three years — but still the veteran news division chief having been in the job a few months longer than Jeff Fager and David Rhodes at CBS. Deborah Turness took over at NBC News last summer.

ABC News already has a sizable chunk of ABC real estate, with three hours a day of news between “GMA” “World News” and “Nightline,” as well as “20/20,” “Nightline Prime”, and other primetime specials. The news division also experimented with “Good Afternoon America” in the summer of 2012.

Sherwood’s senior staff, including show EPs, met around 3pm yesterday for a champagne toast. We hear none of them pitched Sherwood on a new ABC show… at least not yet. Sherwood’s first order of business will be to choose his successor at ABC News.

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Peabody-Winning ’60 Minutes’ Producer Adrian ‘Clem’ Taylor has Died

ClemTaylorAdrian “Clem” Taylor, who won a Peabody Award for an uplifting “60 Minutes” story on an improbable orchestra in the heart of the Congo, died today. Taylor, 60, had been battling pancreatic cancer since last May and passed away at a hospital in Newark, NJ.

“Clem was a wonderful man, a great friend to so many of us, and a world-class producer,” said Jeff Fager, “60 Minutes” executive producer and the chairman of CBS News.

Taylor spent nearly twenty years at CBS News, in two different stints. He joined “60 Minutes” in 2010. In the late 1990s he was a senior producer for “The Early Show,” and before that, was a producer in the CBS bureaus in Washington and Dallas. Taylor worked the first decade of the 21st century at ABC News, where he produced for “Primetime Live,” “20/20,” and “What Would You Do?” He also spent two years at Fox News producing “Fox Files,” and also had stints at CNBC, ESPN and NPR.

Bill Whitaker Joins ’60 Minutes’

BillWhitakerNewCBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker has been named a correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

“Bill Whitaker is one of the great veterans of CBS News. He has had a distinguished career covering just about every kind of story all over the world,” said CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager.

“Bill is a natural fit at ’60 Minutes’ and it’s exciting that he has agreed to join us.”

Whitaker has been with CBS News for 30 years, joining in 1984 with stretches reporting from Atlanta, Tokyo, South Africa,  and Los Angeles.

He’s covered everything from earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, to presidential campaigns, to the O.J. Simpson trials, to the early stages of the Afghanistan War.

Vicente Arenas Joins CBS News

vicente arenasVicente Arenas is joining CBS News as a Miami-based correspondent, CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes announced today.

Arenas comes to CBS from Houston, where he has been the weekend anchor at CBS affiliate KHOU since 2003. He will begin at CBS on March 17.

TVSpy has more details.

‘Evening News’ Director Eric Shapiro Retires After 51 Years at CBS

Eric Shapiro and Jeff FagerVeteran CBS News director Eric Shapiro will direct his last “Evening News” broadcast tonight — 51 years to the day after he first joined the network as a mail room employee.

CBS News staffers gathered for a champagne toast honoring Shapiro after “Evening News” Thursday night. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley were on hand to praise the veteran director, who has worked with every anchor since Walter Cronkite and has directed all of the network’s political coverage since 1992.

“I can’t possibly have had a more exciting and gratifying career. I have been to some amazing places and have met many fascinating people along the way. I have witnessed first-hand television news’s coming of age (along with my own!),” Shapiro wrote in a goodbye note to CBS staffers. “But the most satisfying part for me has been the honor and privilege of working with all of you…the most talented and professional journalists, broadcasters and craftspeople in our industry.”

Read Shapiro’s full note after the jump. Read more

Report: Lara Logan to Return to ’60 Minutes’ Early Next Year

lara logan benghazi reportPOLITICO is reporting that Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan will return to “60 Minutes” in early 2014.

Logan was placed on a leave of absence after her October 27 Benghazi report was discredited and a CBS internal report found the story “deficient in several respects.”

CBS News Chairman and EP of “60 Minutes” Jeff Fager held a meeting with show staffers on December 5, according to POLITICO, where he answered questions about the botched report and indicated he didn’t know how long Logan and her producer would be off-air. Read more

Lara Logan’s Leave of Absence Continues, As Fager Meets with Staff

lara logan benghazi reportCBS News chairman Jeff Fager held meeting with “CBS This Morning” staffers Tuesday and took questions about the botched “60 Minutes” report, Politico’s Dylan Byers reports. Correspondent Lara Logan and her producer Max McClellan are on a leave of absence, following the results of an internal report on their discredited story. Logan was notably absent from Sunday’s “60 Minutes” open.

Fager said he did not know how long Logan and her producer would be on leave, and made no indication that they would be asked to resign in the wake of the now-retracted report, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Those sources said Fager defended Logan as a valuable member of the ’60 Minutes’ team even as he acknowledged the erroneous nature of the report. “He did not throw her under the bus,” one source said of Fager’s remarks about Logan.

Scott Pelley Steps In Last Minute For Lara Logan At Journalism Awards Ceremony

ScottPelleyScott Pelley stepped in as host last night for Lara Logan at the International Press Freedom Awards in Manhattan.

Logan was supposed to host for the event put on by the Committee to Protect Journalists, but dropped out over the controversy of her discredited “60 Minutes” report. Earlier in the day CBS Chairman Jeff Fager announced Logan and her producer Max McClellan were put on a leave of absence following the release of an internal report that found the Benghazi report “deficient in several respects.”

Pelley did not speak about the “60 Minutes” controversy at the awards ceremony, but TIME Inc. Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine did, defending Logan, and suggesting more of the blame should be shouldered by Logan’s editor.

“I tend to think that more often than not it is really the editor, sitting behind the desk directing the reporter, who is more at fault and more to blame than the reporter,” Pearlstine said. “It is often a very difficult task when a story gets an extraordinary head of steam to stop it, and yet that, quite often, is really the way that editors do protect journalists. “

Ecuadorean television reporter Janet Hinostroza, Egyptian television host and satirist Bassem Youssef, Turkey’s investigative journalist Nedim Sener, and Vietnam blogger Nguyen Van Hai all received awards.

 

Lara Logan Takes Leave of Absence from CBS

lara-loganLara Logan, the correspondent on the discredited Benghazi “60 Minutes” story will be taking a leave of absence from the program in the wake of the release of an internal report on the matter.

In an email to staff, obtained by TVNewser, CBS News chairman Jeff Fager writes, “I have asked Lara Logan, who has distinguished herself and has put herself in harm’s way many times in the course of covering stories for us, to take a leave of absence, which she has agreed to do. I have asked the same of producer Max McClellan, who also has a distinguished career at CBS News.”

Fager, who is also the executive producer of “60 Minutes” is taking some of the blame for the report. “I am responsible for what gets on the air. I pride myself in catching almost everything, but this deception got through and it shouldn’t have.”

“This was a regrettable mistake,” Fager continues. “But there are many fine professionals at 60 Minutes who produce some of the very best of broadcast journalism, covering the important and interesting stories of our times, and they will continue to do so each and every Sunday.”

Fager’s memo after the jump…

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Lara Logan Defends ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report; Admits CBS Tie Should Have Been Revealed

Logan_7.8CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is defending her reporting on the 9/11/12 attacks at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi amid a firestorm of criticism over the conflicting stories of the main subject of the Oct. 27 “60 Minutes” report.

Logan interviewed Dylan Davies — who used the pseudonym Morgan Jones as the author of new book on the subject, and in his interview with CBS. What Davies writes in the book is not consistent with an incident report attributed to Davies. But Davies told the Daily Beast he didn’t write that report

“If you read the book, you would know he never had two stories. He only had one story,” Logan tells the NYTimesBill Carter. She says the criticism is political. “We worked on this for a year,” she tells Carter. “We killed ourselves not to allow politics into this report.”

One regret about the report: Logan and her boss CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager say they should have revealed that Davies’ book, “The Embassy House” was published by Threshold Editions, part of the Simon and Schuster unit of CBS Corp.

“Honestly, it never factored into the story. It was a mistake; we should have done it, precisely because there’s nothing to hide. It was an oversight.”

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