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Last of ‘Murrow’s Boys,’ Richard Hottelet, Dies

HotteletRichard C. Hottelet, the last living member of Edward R. Murrow‘s team known as “Murrow’s Boys,” has died. Hottelet, who spent 40 years at CBS News radio and TV, died this morning at home in Wilton, Ct. He was 97.

In 1957, after years of war and post-war reporting, Hottelet anchored a 15-minute daily newscast for CBS called “Richard C. Hottelet with the News.”

“Richard C. Hottelet was the ultimate CBS News reporter,” said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “He was one of the true gentleman reporters, a real ‘Murrow boy,’ an elegant combination of reporter and storyteller.” From the CBS News obituary:

Hottelet was the last to join the team when he presented himself to Murrow in London and was hired in January 1944 to help report the imminent Allied invasion of Europe. His first war reports for CBS were from the air; he is believed to have made the first recording for broadcast on a warplane while flying on a bombing mission over France in the spring of 1944. On D-Day, Hottelet was in a bomber again, this one attacked German defenses on Utah Beach and returned to London safely in time for him to broadcast the first eyewitness report of the Allied invasion. Read more

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Jeff Fager Stepping Down as Chairman of CBS News, Returns Fulltime to ’60 Minutes’

FagerJeff Fager is leaving his role as chairman of CBS News and turning his “full attention” to “60 Minutes.”

“It is hard to believe that it has been four years since Les asked me to take the job, but we agreed that when the time was right I would be able to return to ’60 Minutes’ full time,” Fager writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Fager has been at the helm of CBS News since February, 2011. At that time, Sean McManus left his dual role has head of CBS News and CBS Sports, and returned to CBS Sports fulltime. At the same time, David Rhodes joined as CBS News president. Rhodes had been head of Bloomberg TV and, before that, spent 12 years at Fox News.

“I hired [Rhodes] almost four years ago with this moment in mind, and he has exceeded all expectations,” Fager writes. Rhodes, 40, takes on sole leadership of the news division.

“60 Miuntes” has seen its share of bumps in the last year. An internal investigation into a 2013 Lara Logan report found the story “deficient in several respects.” In a more minor error, earlier this year the show apologized for selective audio editing in a story about Tesla.

Fager’s note after the jump…

More: Fager’s CBS News contract has been extended through 2019. “We would not be in such a strong position today were it not for Jeff’s leadership and his willingness four years ago to supplement his role at ’60 Minutes’ with the duties of chairman as David integrated himself into CBS News,” says CBS CEO Les Moonves. “I want to thank him for all he has done, and all I know he will do in the years to come.”

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’60 Minutes’ Producer Runs Marathon, Meets Deadline

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“60 Minutes” producer Coleman Cowan had a big weekend.

Not only did he run the NYC Marathon — in under three hours — he also worked to get a profile of Stanford University golf prodigy Mariah Stackhouse ready for tomorrow’s “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime.

Cowan had a screening with EP Jeff Fager and executive editor Bill Owens this morning, leaving little room (or time) for error. When someone in the screening room mentioned Cowan’s impressive marathon time, Cowan had a simple reply: “That was the easy part.” Cowan’s story, a preview after the jump, was declared fit for air by Fager and Owens.

Cowan, who has run 23 long distance races, finished in 02:58:54, just a few seconds off his personal NYC best of 02:58:23 last year.

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The Ticker: Gittrich, Tower, Schieffer

  • Greg Gittrich is leaving NBC where he was VP of NBC News Digital. “Right time for me to move on to a new thing,” Gittrich tweeted. NBC News SVP Julian March will oversee digital in the interim. Gittrich joined NBC in 2008 heading up the digital platforms for NBC’s O&Os before moving to NBC News in 2012.

  • Jon Tower is leaving MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and joining “CBS This Morning” where he’ll be supervising producer. “Even though he’s not moving on to a better place,” Joe Scarborough joked, “he is getting a wonderful opportunity. I’d be sad except for the fact that I know that Jon, Mika, and I are going to work together again soon,” Scarborough added.

  • CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer and chairman Jeff Fager will be each be honored by the New Canaan, CT library next week. Schieffer will receive the Salant Integrity Award while Fagar, a New Canaan resident, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, part of the the Richard Salant Lecture Series. Dick Salant, a past president of CBS News, was also a longtime New Canaan resident.

Steve Capus: ‘I’m Very, Very Happy To Have This Be My Professional Home These Days’

Capus_CBS_LowThis summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

After 20 years at 30 Rock, which saw him rise from producer, to executive producer to president of NBC News, Steve Capus took a break from the business last year. Not long after entering the world of academia, Capus was pulled back in to TV news signing on as EP of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Capus, who is one of only a few people to have overseen flagship newscasts on two networks, says the evening news is alive and well: “I’m so sick of seeing articles written about how these broadcasts are going to die off,” he tells us.

TVNewser: You’ve been in the TV news business for almost 30 years. What are the biggest changes you’ve seen?

Capus: There are a number of changes and yet the more things change, the more they stay the same. The technological changes are obvious and the ease that our audiences can consume our content has obviously been the biggest change. On the technological side, it’s so much easier these days to do a broadcast from a place like Iraq [where Scott Pelley reported from this week]. And yet, the reason I say things stay the same, what still comes into play is the fundamentals: a commitment to outstanding journalism, enterprise reporting, investigative reporting, strong storytelling; those things will never go out of fashion. If anything, the people who make those commitments to all of of those things are going to continue to stay relevant to the audience in a world where so much news information is commoditized. Making those commitments to doing those things in a unique manner is how you end up standing out from the crowd.

TVNewser: You were President of NBC News in your last 8 years there. What made you want to return to the business an an EP?

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Steve Capus Named Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CapusSteve11Former NBC News president Steve Capus is joining CBS News as the executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and executive editor of the news division. He will begin in his new role in July.

Capus was president of NBC News for eight years, from 2005 to 2013. Before that he was executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and later Brian Williams from May 2001 to June 2005.  At CBS, he replaces Patrica Shevlin who is joining “60 Minutes.”

“The Evening News is an excellent broadcast, and we believe under Steve’s leadership it will get even better,” Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman said in a statement. “He is a real pro with an extraordinary record, and we are fortunate to have him joining us at CBS News.”

Capus will be the third “Evening News” EP in three years. Shevlin oversaw the show when Pelley joined as anchor in 2011. Before that, Rick Kaplan was EP of the show for four years, when it was the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” A few years earlier, Kaplan worked for Capus at NBC News when Kaplan was president of MSNBC. And in a further show of how small the TV news world really is, Kaplan replaced Rome Hartman as EP of “Evening News.” Hartman was later hired by Capus at NBC News to launch “Rock Center.”

Capus will now be competing head-to-head against his friend and former NBC colleague Brian Williams. Capus also produced Williams’ MSNBC show in the late 1990s before moving up the ranks at NBC News.

As Executive Editor Capus joins the CBS News management team “as a resource for colleagues around the Broadcast Center and a strategist on coverage of ongoing stories,” says David Rhodes, CBS News president.

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‘The Proverbial Perfect Storm’ of Lara Logan’s Benghazi Report

LaraLogan304In an in-depth report for New York magazine, Joe Hagan pieces together “the proverbial perfect storm” that led to Lara Logan‘s now-infamous Benghazi report on “60 Minutes” last year. The piece focuses on Jeff Fager‘s leadership of “60 Minutes,” as well as Logan’s rapid rise at CBS News, reportedly orchestrated in part because CBS chairman Les Moonves saw her “steely eyes, breathless delivery, and exotic accent as the raw material of a future star.”

Logan “delivered the kind of muscular reports that inoculated CBS against charges of a leftist agenda following the Rather incident, especially valuable in the patriotic climate after 9/11,” Hagan writes:

As Logan rose, however, Fager was left to manage the risk inherent in Moonves’s asset. Logan had a zealousness that could cross the line into recklessness, a confidence that could come off as arrogance. A common view among current and former colleagues (keeping in mind that not-for-attribution backbiting and Schadenfreude are a stock-in-trade of TV news) is that Logan’s star power blinded her superiors to her flaws. “She got everything she wanted, always, even when she was wrong, and that’s been going on since the beginning,” says a former CBS News producer who worked with her.  Read more

Bill O’Reilly Slams Press for Not ‘Giving a Damn’ on Benghazi, ‘CBS Evening News’

O'ReillyBill O’Reilly led the “O’Reilly Factor” last night taking on the “disgraceful” media for not caring enough about the newly uncovered emails from White House adviser Ben Rhodes providing talking points to former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice before her Sunday show interviews several days after the 2012 U.S. consulate terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.

“ABC should have led with it,” O’Reilly said on “World News” covering the story 10 minutes into its broadcast Wednesday night. He went on to note “CBS Evening News” didn’t cover the story that night, and that “NBC Nightly News” did a 30-second reader. “The Obama administration was completely derelict in the Benghazi terror attack, and was dishonest in the aftermath…and the national press doesn’t give a damn? Disgraceful,” O’Reilly concluded.

Later in the show, O’Reilly spoke with Fox News’ Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry–who was on the receiving end of a barb about Fox News from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at yesterday’s press briefing–about a “curious” connection between CBS News and the White House.

“Who’s running CBS News?” O’Reilly asked Henry, who answered Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, who is CBS News’ President. “And who’s David Rhodes?” O’Reilly followed up. “He used to work at Fox News, he’s related to Ben Rhodes…I think that’s what you’re trying to get at,” Henry responded, adding that they’re both honorable people. “I’m not casting aspersions, and certainly Mr. Fager is top of the line, but something is going on,” O’Reilly concluded.

Last night, “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” didn’t cover the Benghazi emails story. “World News with Diane Sawyer” did a 45-second voice over covering retired Brigadier General Robert Lovell testifying in front of Congress on the attacks.

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TVNewsers Honored at TIME 100 Gala

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Barbara Walters and Charlie Rose at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

TVNewsers turned up last night to celebrate TIME’s 100 most-influential people. This year, CBS’s Charlie Rose and FNC’s Megyn Kelly made this list. Former honorees Rupert Murdoch, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Mehmet Oz and Barbara Walters made an appearance at last night’s event to mingle with the eclectic crowd of politicians, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

“Feels great, [I'm] honored, I love it,” Rose told us about his appearance as an Icon in this year’s TIME 100. However, he wasn’t quite sure if “Icon” was the appropriate designation: “It sounds like a lifetime achievement thing, and I think I’m in mid-career,” he quipped. Read more

The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

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