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Riccie Johnson, Making ’60 Minutes’ Look Good Since 1968

“I’m Mike Wallace. I’m Morley Safer. I’m Ed Bradley. I’m Lesley Stahl. I’m Scott Pelley. Those stories and… Riccie Johnson, tonight on ’60 Minutes Overtime.’”

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.

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Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe 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.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“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.

The P.M. Ticker: NSA, ’60,’ Rapid…

  • Tonight on FNC’s “Special Report” Bret Baier has an exit interview with outgoing NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. Baier asks Alexander what the NSA really has in terms of personal emails or content in their databases.

  • 11.3 million people watched Sunday’s “60 Minutes” making it the 6th most-watched show of the week, up +8% over the same night last year. Scott Pelley went inside the Boston bombing manhunt with the FBI agents in charge, Bob Simon reported on notorious European gem thieves, and Morley Safer had a feature on The New Yorker cartoons.

  • CNBC has launched CNBC Rapid Update, which offers a new measure of how much an economic report changes the outlook on Wall Street. Moody’s Analytics is providing the data. Steve Liesman will lead the coverage.

What Are Morley Safer’s Favorite Cartoons?

After taking viewers inside the process of how The New Yorker selects its cartoons on last night’s “60 Minutes,” Morley Safer shared some of his favorite cartoons from the magazine over the years in “60 Minutes Overtime.”

One of his proudest moments was being part of one of the cartoons, Safer says. “It’s a commentary on the fact that HD television will pick out every small fault in your clothes, in your face, in whatever,” he said, showing a cartoon of a family watching him on TV, debating “what that thing on Morley Safer’s neck is.”

The Ticker: YouTube Suit, Boston Run, ’60′ Win

  • Google and Viacom announced the resolution of a 7-year-old lawsuit. Viacom sued YouTube for $1 billion in 2007 alleging 160,000 unauthorized Viacom clips were on YouTube. “This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together,” a joint statement reveals.

  • “Today” co-anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon next month and is training alongside Carmen Acabbo, who’ll be running the race she wasn’t able to finish last year. This morning Morales talked about why she’s running.

  • “60 Minutes” was the 5th most-watched broadcast network show last week. Averaging 11.26 million viewers, Sunday’s show featured Bob Simon’s profile of Bassem Youssef, Morley Safer’s report on drones, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s feature on McIlhenny’s Tabasco Sauce. This was the sixth time this season the CBS Newsmagazine placed No. 5 or higher for the week.

’60 Minutes’ Hovers Over Topic of Drone Use

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When New York local and national media descended on East Harlem Wednesday morning after two buildings exploded, Brian Wilson wasn’t far behind. And he brought along with his DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, a camera-equipped drone that hovered over the scene of the devastation.

“I mostly use it to shoot real estate or sports events,” Wilson told the Daily News. “This was the first time I used it for breaking news.” But Matthew Schroyer, the founder of the Professional Society of Drone Journalism, calls Wilson’s actions “irresponsible” and “reckless.” The image shown above was taken by Wilson’s drone.

As we’ve been reporting on TVNewser and TVSpy, Wilson is among the pioneers in the brave new world of UAV newsgathering. As news divisions discuss how, or even if, to use drones, the federal government is exploring how to regulate them.

Tonight on “60 Minutes” Morley Safer explores the new world of commercial drones (clip after the jump) and talks with Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Diane Feinstein about her concerns.

And we’ll be debating the issue of drones in newsgathering at the TVNewser Show, April 29. Click here for more information.

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’60 Minutes’ #8 For the Week

60 minutes 12-22“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.

Lara Logan: ‘The Truth is, We Made a Mistake’

LoganApologyCBS News correspondent Lara Logan ended tonight’s “60 Minutes” with an apology for her report three weeks ago on the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. As we’ve been reporting, Logan’s primary source for her report was a former U.S. contractor named Dylan Davies, who wrote a book about that night. But the account in his book — the basis of Logan’s story — differs from an FBI incident report.

“It was a mistake to include him in our report,” Logan said. “And for that we are very sorry.” Logan ended the broadcast with this: ”The most important thing to every person at ’60 minutes’ is the truth, and the truth is, we made a mistake.”

Last Sunday, even as criticism about the report mounted, “60 Minutes” was still taking pride in the report. Scott Pelley read these comments from viewers: “It’s about time! Your network has been a bit tepid in your reporting of the Libya terror attacks, but tonight’s report was amazing.” And: “Why no comments from former Secretary of State Clinton? Sounds like you have more work to do to get to the truth.”

Late Friday, CBS-owned Simon & Schuster pulled Davies’ book from publication.

The Ticker: ABC/Clear Channel, Morley Safer, Wapner’s Cooking Chops

  • ABC and Clear Channel have struck a wide-ranging partnership that will bring ABC programming like “Good Morninf America” to IHeartRadio. Check out the full announcement after the jump for more details.

  • CNBC’s Scott Wapner doesn’t just grill business executives, he is also a master griller in the backyard. CNBC’s Brian Steel interviews Wapner as part iof a new video series for the channel. Watch below.

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Walters, O’Reilly, Couric and More Hit THR’s Media Power Party

As we told you yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter is out with its annual “35 Most Powerful People in Media” list. The honorees were feted at a “power-soaked New York party” at the Four Seasons restaurant Wednesday night.

From CBS News, chairman Jeff Fager was there, along with “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca. CNN’s Piers Morgan was there, as was Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The “Today” show’s Willie Geist and “Live!” co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa attended, along with talk show hosts Wendy Williams and Katie Couric. And from ABC News, president Ben Sherwood, “The View” anchor Barbara Walters, senior VP for content and development James Goldston and “Good Morning America” anchors Lara Spencer and  George Stephanopoulos, who was with his wife, Ali Wentworth.

More pictures of the event in THR’s gallery.

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