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Posts Tagged ‘Leslie Moonves’

Cable News Young Gun Gets Shot at Tiffany Network

CBS News’ brand-new management team doesn’t officially take over until tomorrow, but it’s already earning high marks from former division president Andrew Heyward.

“It’s a really creative, innovative way to structure top management,” says Heyward, a consultant to media companies. “I give Leslie [Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp.] a lot of credit for this.”

“This” is the unusual tandem of Bloomberg alum David Rhodes as CBS News president and ’60 Minutes’ executive producer Jeff Fager as chairman, a new title. In addition to topping the division’s flow chart, Fager will continue running ’60.’

Rhodes is a young (37) CBS outsider whose entire career has been in cable. Fager, 56, has spent more than half his life at CBS, where he is universally respected as a  newsman and manager.

Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington bureau chief, labels the professional coupling  “a dream team.”

“The boss understands the heritage, preserves the legacy, articulates the vision,” says Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. “The president brings in new blood, a new sensibility and a cable edge.”

The duo, announced Feb. 7, made its first major move Friday with the exit of Paul Friedman, executive vice president for news, and Barbara Fedida, head of talent and development.  Neither departure was unexpected.

Friedman, in particular, was strongly disliked by the troops for his brusque management

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Miami-Boston Most Watched Regular Season NBA Game In Cable Television History

The official numbers are out and last night’s Miami-Boston game was the most watched regular season NBA game on cable of all-time (topping Chicago-LA Lakers on Feb. 2, 1996), earning a 4.6 US rating with 7,433,000 total viewers in 5,339,000 households.

Despite the late tip-off, Rockets-Lakers delivered a 2.4 US rating with 3,719,000 total viewers in 2,823,000 households, making it the most watched NBA Opening Night doubleheader (averaging 3.5 US rating, 5,493,000 total viewers and 4,025,000 households) for Turner Sports in their 27 years of tipping off the NBA season. Read more

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves to Wife Julie Chen: ‘If [The Talk] Doesn’t Work, I’ll Cancel You’

Talk about a straight shooter.

Yesterday, CBS premiered “The Talk” its daytime talk show featuring a panel of moms. The show’s host is former “Early Show” anchor Julie Chen, who also happens to be married to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.

For their opening show, each of the panelists receieved a video greeting from a loved one. Because Chen’s son Charlie is too young to speak, she heard from her husband, who had these encouraging words:

“There are two reasons why I want this show to work. The first is that I love my wife so much, and the second is that if it doesn’t work, I’ll cancel you. See you at home dear.”

Video after the jump.
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Media Executives Make The Vanity Fair 100

vf100090310.jpgVanity Fair has released its Vanity Fair 100 list, which purports to count down the 100 most influential people of the information age. Not surprisingly, plenty of boldface media names make the cut.

Among them:

#4: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who oversees Fox News Channel.

#7 Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City and the founder of Bloomberg LP, which owns the Bloomberg business network.

#13: Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who oversees CNN.

#14: Disney CEO Bob Iger, who oversees ABC News

#21: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who is in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

#59: Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, the former president of CBS News and executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”

#62: PBS host Charlie Rose.

More names, as well as a pair of notable non-inclusions, are after the jump:

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CBS, Comcast Cut 10-Year Retrans Deal

cbs-logo080210.pngCBS and Comcast have inked a 10-year retransmission consent agreement. The deal includes expanded distribution for CBS College Sports Network, carriage of The Smithsonian Channel and the full suite of Showtime Networks, as well as–most significantly– new retransmission consent fees for the CBS television stations.

Terms of the agreement were not made public, beyond the fact that it will run through 2020.

Retrans fees are similar to cable carriage fees, in that they are paid by the cable subscriber every month through their bill.

For CBS News, the deal means that the broadcast network will be generating new revenue from the retrans fees, which in turns puts less financial pressure on the news division, which has been hit hard by cutbacks in the last two years.

The Hollywood Reporter’s George Szalai reports that previous deals pegged the network’s retrans deals at around $0.50 per subscriber per month. Considering that Comcast is the country’s largest cable operator, any sort of increase could result in substantial added revenue.

comcast_logo080210.jpgOf course, Comcast is currently in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, which owns one of CBS’ chief competitors, NBC.

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CBS Chairman Redstone Does Not Like Leakers

CBS and Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone is back in the news today, for all the wrong reasons. Redstone left a long voicemail message on the answering machine of The Daily Beast’s Peter Lauria, asking for Lauria to give up a source on a story he wrote last month.

Redstone went so far as to offer an apparent bribe to Lauria:

We’re not going to hurt this guy. We just want to sit him down and find out why he did what he did. You will not in any way be revealed. You will be well-rewarded and well-protected.

PRNewser has more on the PR angle of the story, including the fact that Viacom PR execs were apparently not aware of the billionaire’s friendly phone call.

CBS News is among the organizations that Redstone oversees, indirectly, of course.

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Was CBS Corp.’s Les Moonves Overpaid?

MoonvesChen_5.6.jpgIn a study for Bloomberg News, pay expert Graef Crystal looked at the compensation of 271 CEOs and found the average slipped 4.7% last year to $9.95 million, with extremes ranging from $43.2 million for CBS Corp.’s Leslie Moonves to $245,322 for Google Inc.’s Eric Schmidt.

Using formulas developed over 30 years in the business, Crystal crunched the numbers and found CBS overpaid Moonves, who is married to CBS Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen, by $28 million.

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Second Rather Lawsuit Dismissed

The NY Supreme Court dismissed a second lawsuit Dan Rather filed against CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward. The judge cited the appellate court’s recent dismissal of Rather’s original $70-million claim.

CBS Statements on the Death of Walter Cronkite

Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports:

“It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite. More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments. No matter what the news event was, Walter was always the consummate professional with an un-paralleled sense of compassion, integrity, humanity, warmth, and occasionally even humor. There will never be another figure in American history who will hold the position Walter held in our minds, our hearts and on the television. We were blessed to have this man in our lives and words cannot describe how much he will be missed by those of us at CBS News and by all of America.”

Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor, CBS Evening News, correspondent, 60 Minutes:

“When I think of Walter Cronkite, I think of his high journalism standards, integrity – but most of all his humanity. I think he was so trusted because he exhibited a sense of purpose and compassion, night after night. He was the personification of excellence.”

Don Hewitt, executive producer, CBS News, creator of 60 Minutes and Cronkite’s first executive producer on the CBS Evening News:

“How many news organizations get the chance to bask in the sunshine of a half-century of Edward R. Murrow followed by a half century of Walter Cronkite?”

Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes commentator:

“I’ve been proud over the years to see Walter become, not just one of the best known people on television but one of the best known people in the whole world of people. He was proud of me, too and there’s no better feeling in life than that. I wouldn’t trade Walter Cronkite liking me for just about anything I’ve ever had.”

Statements from Les Moonves, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Rick Kaplan, Susan Zirinksy, Charles Osgood, and more…

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McManus on NFL Extension: “Keeping the Best News and Sports Programming on CBS”

TVNewser has obtained a memo from CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus on the news that CBS has extended its agreement with the NFL through the 2013-14 season, including the airing of Super Bowl XLVII.

Although my roles at CBS News and CBS Sports normally remain quite separate, I wanted to share with you some exciting news regarding an extension of our NFL rights, particularly because our NFL coverage is such an important part of the entire CBS Television Network. As you can see, we have added an additional two years to our existing deal, and acquired the right to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. Obviously, the support of our boss Leslie Moonves made this extension possible, so it should be reassuring to us all to know that he is firmly committed to keeping the best News and Sports programming on CBS.

NFL_5.19.jpgLast Friday during a wide-ranging interview, we asked McManus about what the retirement of John Madden meant to the game. “John was a bigger than life personality and he really was an icon and a legend,” says McManus. “He did more to contribute to the coverage of NFL football probably than anybody, so I’m really going to miss him because whenever John did a game it just seemed like a really big event because he as such a big personality.”

“Having said that I think maybe people will pay a little more attention to Phil [Simms] and maybe agree with me that he’s the best in the industry,” added McManus.

The memo from CBS Sports after the jump.

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