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The Saturday Ticker: Coast, Flight, Launch

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” heads to the coast for its annual summer-at-the-shore edition tomorrow. Lee Cowan anchors the broadcast from the former home of Katharine Hepburn in Old Saybrook, Conn.

  • Tuesday night, CNN airs the special report “Witnessed: The Crash of TWA Flight 800″ which reconstructs the events that unfolded over Long Island on that fateful day in 1996 and the four year investigation that followed.

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John Palmer Has Died

Longtime NBC News correspondent and anchor John Palmer has died at the age of 77 after a “short, sudden illness”, the network reported tonight.

Calling Palmer a “dear colleague and friend”, NBC Nightly News weekend anchor Lester Holt described a journalist “many of you welcomed into your living rooms for a good many years…’Been there, done that’ only begins to describe John’s career. There was no one better in the trenches, and as a colleague, no one more liked.”

A Tennessee native, Palmer long served as a foreign correspondent for NBC News before moving over to the White House beat in 1979.  He went on to cover five presidents.  In 1982 he joined the Today show, where for seven years he was news anchor alongside hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel.

The veteran newsman left NBC News in 1990, rejoining the division four years later. In a 2008 interview, Palmer shared with TVNewser that it was Tim Russert who gave him that second chance.

Palmer met his wife Nancy at NBC News, and currently two of his daughters are division journalists.  One of them, Today producer Molly Palmer Cowan, married CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan last year. At the time of their engagement, a delighted Palmer told TVNewser that he and Nancy were “not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family, and a fine one he is!”

Update: The AP is reporting the cause of death as pulmonary fibrosis.

Full statement and bio from NBC News, after the jump… Read more

An Iraqi Camera Operator For CBS News Finds a New Home In Pennsylvania

An Iraqi camera operator, who freelanced for CBS News during the most violent days of the war in Iraq earlier this decade, has found a new home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan worked with the man, Atheer Hameed, in Baghdad. Cowan caught up with Hameed in his new home in the U.S, and filed a report for “CBS Sunday Morning.”

It paints a picture of the violence they saw, and the peace they see now.

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Like Morning and Evening Counterparts, ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Also Adding Viewers

The stalwart “CBS Sunday Morning,” which has long led broadcast ratings on Sunday mornings, continues to show growth. Last Sunday’s show, with fill-in anchor Lee Cowan, was up +18% in the A25-54 rating and up +16% in total viewers compared to the same week last year.

All CBS News programs have been on a run lately. While CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News still place third in their national timeslots, they are showing consistent growth. “60 Minutes” — which just finished its 45th season — was once again the #1 news program on TV.

The Saturday Ticker: Engel, ‘Celebrity Rehab,’ Michelle Obama

  • NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel will give the keynote speech at the Newseum’s Journalist Memorial Rededication Ceremony on May 13. Engel and his production crew were kidnapped and held captive for five days in Syria last year. At the ceremony, the Newseum will add 90 names to the list of journalists that have died reporting the news

 

  • HLN host Dr. Drew Pinsky says he is done with VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab” because he is “tired of taking all the heat” after the death of five former cast members. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

 

  • Lee Cowan interviews Michelle Obama tomorrow on “CBS Sunday Morning.” The First Lady talks about gun violence, her “Let’s Move” campaign and her thoughts on what life will be like once she leaves the White House.

 

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Posts Highest Ratings in 17 Years

“CBS Sunday Morning” had its highest ratings since February 4, 1996 last week. The show posted a 4.2/11 with 6.19 million Total Viewers and a 1.7/08 in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, “CBS Sunday Morning” was up +9% in Total Viewers, +5% in households and +13% in A25-54 viewers. Season to date, the show is up +6%, +8% and +7%, respectively.

Sunday’s show featured Rita Braver‘s report on meteorites, Lee Cowan‘s profile of “Let’s Make a Deal” host Wayne Brady, and Mo Rocca’s look at the bestselling autobiography of President Ulysses S. Grant.

Wedding Bells for Cowan and Palmer

CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan and NBC News producer Molly Palmer now officially are husband and wife.

After getting hitched last Saturday in Washington, DC, the new Mrs. Cowan emailed TVNewser from France, where the newlyweds are on their honeymoon.   Their wedding day, Molly says, was “amazing”.

The ceremony was held at St. Alban’s Parish, with a reception at the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland.

As The New York Times reports, those locations are steeped in tradition.  They were the same as those for Palmer’s parents’ wedding some three decades before.  Furthermore, Father of the Bride John Palmer, the former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor, met Mother of the Bride Nancy Doyle Palmer when both were working at NBC News - just as Molly and Lee met while they were colleagues at the network, at NBC’s Los Angeles bureau.

John Palmer told TVNewser last August that “we are not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family, and a fine one he is!”

More photos, after the jump…

(Photo by Geoff Chesman, courtesy of Molly Cowan)

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Draws Largest Audience in 5+ Years

Last weekend, “CBS Sunday Morning” had its largest audience in more than five years. The show drew 5.62 million viewers — its largest audience since February 19, 2006 and better than last week’s average of the Monday-Friday morning shows “Today,” (5.32M) “Good Morning America,” (4.79M) and “The Early Show” (2.51M). “Sunday Morning” averaged a 1.5 rating in A25-54 viewers, its best showing in the last month.

Season-to-date, Sunday Morning is up +3% in Total Viewers (5.14m vs. 4.98m) and up +8% in the A25-54 rating (1.4/07 vs 1.3/07). The image (right) is a “Thank You” staffers posted on Sunday Morning’s Facebook page today.

This Sunday on the show newly re-hired CBS Newser Lee Cowan reports on the film “The Artist,” which is set in the silent movie era, and is itself a silent, black & white film. Cowan is also going to be the fill-in host for Charles Osgood on occasion.

Lee Cowan gets Champagne Toast Upon Return to CBS

As TVNewser first reported in August, Lee Cowan has changed channels and is returning to CBS News after four years with NBC News.

Cowan will continue to be based in Los Angeles and will report for CBS News as National Correspondent. He’ll report for “The Early Show,” the “Evening News” and will substitute anchor “Sunday Morning.” Cowan begins at CBS Nov. 1.

“Lee Cowan is a first class reporter and one of the best storytellers in his generation of broadcast journalists,” said Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News. “It’s a real thrill that he is coming home to us.”

Fager and News president David Rhodes gave a champagne toast as Cowan, who had previously been with the network for 11 years, was reintroduced to CBS Newsers in the Evening News studio this afternoon.

More in the press release after the jump…

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Lee Cowan Leaving NBC News, Returning to CBS

TVNewser has learned NBC News correspondent Lee Cowan, who joined NBC in 2007 from CBS News, is expected to return to CBS soon. Cowan joined NBC News’s Chicago bureau in the summer of 2007. He went on to cover the Obama campaign, and, after the election, moved to NBC’s Los Angeles bureau. (Where he would meet his future wife.)

We hear a deal is being worked out. CBS did not confirm the move. NBC News had no comment. Cowan appeared on “Today” (above) this morning.

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