For the 7th week in a row, “60 Minutes” made the Top 10 list of most-watched broadcast programs. Sunday’s show was watched by 11.5 million viewers, good enough for 6th place. And that came against stiff competion from FOX’s broadcast of the Seahawks-Eagles game. This is the longest streak on the weekly list since Jan. 2009, a period which included Steve Kroft‘s award-winning “The Price of Oil” story. Sunday’s show included another energy-related story: Lesley Stahl‘s investigation of toxic coal ash waste in North Carolina.
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The CBS News public affairs show debuted 60 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1954. It was originally broadcast Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm. The first host was Tedd Koop. The first guest was Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a month before McCarthy was censured by the Senate.
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Schieffer has moderated the show for more than a third of its existence, since 1991. Previous hosts include Lesley Stahl (1983-1991) and Howard K. Smith (1960-1961). Yesterday NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the longest running show on television, celebrated its 67th anniversary.
You may not know her name, but you do know her work. Johnson has been with “60 Minutes” since the beginning, as make-up artist for the correspondents and some high-profile guests, President’s Johnson, Ford and Clinton among them. Riccie Johnson’s most famous subjects: The Beatles, when they made their American TV debut on the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago.
“60 Minutes” begins its 47th season Sunday night. And for the first time, you’ll be able to see Sunday’s stories on your mobile device the following week, without having to purchase the $4.99 app.
Last season,”60 Minutes” averaged 12.2 million viewers each Sunday, finishing most weeks in the Top 10. But the program suffered a black eye in November when correspondent Lara Logan was forced to apologize for her report on the 9/11/12 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya. A CBS News internal review found the story “deficient in several respects.” Logan and producer Max McClellan took extended leaves of absence from the network. Logan returned earlier this year, and made her first appearance on air on “Face the Nation” in June.
This week’s premiere episode includes a 2-part report from Scott Pelley who traveled to Iraq earlier this month reporting on the terror group ISIS, and a Steve Kroft story on criminals who use stolen social security numbers to get fraudulent tax refunds, to the tune of billions of dollars.
While new stories will be free the week following the broadcast, the “60 Minutes” app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch has expanded its archive to more than 300 stories, including the first episode in 1968.
With eight overall awards, CBS News led the way in the RTDNA’s 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards.
The Overall Excellence award, which last year went to Vancouver, BC’s Global News, was awarded to ABC News.
“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” won best newscast, feature reporting, and writing. “60 Minutes” won best investigative reporting for its “lethal medicine” report, which examined a steroid that spurred a deadly outbreak of meningitis.
In addition to top honors, ABC News won best continuing coverage for its Oklahoma tornado coverage. The network also won in the hard news reporting category, recognized for “Nightline’s” “Raid in the Philippines” reporting, which investigated underage trafficking and prostitution in Subic Bay. ABC also won two radio awards, including for overall excellence.
NBC News won best breaking news coverage for its Boston Marathon bombing reporting. “Dateline” was recognized for best use of sound and video for its “Into the Death Zone” report which followed three young people trying to conquer Everest.
TVSpy reports on the regional award winners.
The Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.
“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”
The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.
Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.
“60 Minutes” had 11.97 million viewers December 22, making it the eighth most-watched program in America for the week. The show also finished eighth in households last week, posting a 7.4/12.
The show featured Lesley Stahl‘s interview with national security advisor Susan Rice, Steve Kroft‘s report on the marijuana industry in Colorado and Morley Safer‘s story on a quarterback coach who trains teens hoping to make it in the NFL.
Stahl and Bonin were granted rare access to courtrooms, interrogation rooms, and current and original prison cells from the controversial prison opened after 9/11.
“Limbo is on the border of hell, and Guantanamo Bay in many ways feels like the border of hell,” says Bonin in a “60 Minutes” Overtime report.
This week was the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Among the participants: Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Judy Woodruff of PBS; Norah O’Donnell and Lesley Stahl of CBS News; Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News; Becky Quick of CNBC; Fox News panelist Nina Easton and CNN political consultant Hilary Rosen.
Lee Thornton, a former CNN and CBS correspondent, has died.
Thornton, who died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer, was the first African American woman to cover a regular White House beat for one of the big three broadcast networks, at CBS News. Thornton joined CBS in New York in 1974, before moving to Washington where she worked alongside Lesley Stahl and Ed Bradley. She was named White House correspondent in 1977 where she would remain for four years.
In 1982 she moved to NPR where she was the first African American woman to host the weekend edition of “All Things Considered.” She returned to TV joining CNN in 1992.
In 1997, following her years as a journalist, Thornton turned to teaching a new generation of reporters, anchors, producers and writers. She joined the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland where she also produced several programs for the college. Thornton (above, center) was interim dean of the college in 2008-09. Recently, she had been serving as Interim Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity for the university. In 2011 she was named the University of Maryland’s “Outstanding Woman of the Year.”
(Photo: University of Maryland)
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