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Sean McManus: King of the TV World

McManus_2.9.jpgSean McManus is still on cloud 9 this morning.

McManus, who is president of CBS News and Sports, also has the distinction of being the executive producer of the most-watched television program in history. McManus was EP of CBS’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIV.

In a note to the CBS Sports staff, obtained by TVNewser, McManus writes, “From noon right through the Post Game Show, our programming was filled with memorable and compelling images that will live on forever. And how cool is it to be able to say that we all worked on the most-watched program in television history!”

He also gave a shout out to the team at the “Early Show” for their South Beach broadcasts last week. “You had an ambitious plan going in, but you all delivered when it really mattered,” wrote McManus in a separate note. He’s also looking forward to CBS’s next Super Bowl telecast in New Orleans in 2013.

McManus is the son of the late Jim McKay who was the voice of ABC Sports for more than 40 years, and was anchor for 12 Olympic games on both CBS and ABC.

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CBS Newsers Remember Their Dads

McManus_6.19.jpgThis morning on “The Early Show”, several CBS Newsers will pay special tribute to their dads in honor Father’s Day tomorrow. CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus talks about his dad, legendary sports journalist Jim McKay; Evening News EP Rick Kaplan reflects on his dad, one of the first men to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day 1944; and chief White House correspondent Chip Reid will speak publicly for the first time about his father’s death this past April and what it meant for Pres. Barack Obama to pass on his condolences during his news conference in London.

60 Minutes Wins Three Emmys, PBS Wins 10

emmy_9-23.jpgCBS’ 60 Minutes won more awards than any other program last night at the 29th annual News and Documentary Emmys ceremony. The network with the most awards was PBS, which won 10.

CBS won five total awards — CBS Sunday Morning won the other two. ABC won four awards, with two going to World News with Charles Gibson and two going to 20/20.

NBC took home two awards for segments on the Nightly News with Brian Williams. HDNet also won an Emmy.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Ken Burns, Bob Schieffer and Tim Russert. Also honored with tributes — Jim McKay, William F. Buckley and Tony Snow.

Related: The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold writes about the ceremony, and quotes Williams about Russert. “Try getting through an election season without Tim,” he said last night. “He is what’s missing from our current campaign debate, our current national conversation.”

McKay, Buckley, Snow to be Honored at Documentary Emmys

McKay_8.14.jpgThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has just announced it will posthumously honor ABC Sports legend Jim McKay at this year’s News & Documentary Emmy Awards. McKay, who died in May, is the father of CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus. NBC Sports dedicated Friday’s production of the Beijing opening ceremony to McKay. NBC Sports & Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol was a producer at the 1972 Munich games, during which McKay remained on the air for 16 hours as the Israeli hostage crisis unfolded.

The Academy will also offer tributes to William F. Buckley who died in February and Tony Snow, who died last month, for their contributions to the news industry.

Buckley may be best known for the public affairs show “Firing Line.” Snow was a print and television journalist who worked for USA Today, The Washington Times, Fox News Channel, and CNN.

The ceremony is set for Sept. 22 at Time Warner Center in New York.

The press release is after the jump…

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