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CBS Eyes October Launch of Digital Channel

CBSEyesCBS News is in hiring mode for the new CBS News digital news channel and is looking at a launch in October, TVNewser has learned.

The channel is being championed by CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, with CBS News president David Rhodes heading up the effort. Rhodes is a veteran of the cable game, having worked the early years at Fox News Channel and later as head of U.S. TV for Bloomberg.

We’re told Mosheh Oinounou, who worked with Rhodes at both Fox News and Bloomberg and Nancy Lane, head of editorial for CBSNews.com, are doing most of the candidate interviews. Lane is also a cable news veteran, having worked at CNN for 29 years. Oinounou has been with CBS since 2011. CBS is looking to have a staff of around 60 people for the launch, including interactive, technical and editorial, many plucked from current cable TV news ranks.

In May, Moonves told Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, “Wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has…all over the world. And there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute newscast at 6:30, or ‘CBS This Morning.’ So we can do that.”

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CBSNews.com WILL Be Open Over the Holidays, Because, Well, News Always Happens

Page Six got its hands on a memo from CBS Interactive chief Jim Lanzone telling employees the office will be closed the last week of December and into the New Year, going so far as to write:

“Do not show up for work those days. The doors will be padlocked, and the windows turned into the material from that room in ‘The Avengers’ that Thor’s hammer couldn’t break.”

But a follow-up email from CBSNews.com EP Nancy Lane, disputed the boss’s decree:

“Contrary to the note below, CBSNews.com will NOT be closed [Dec. 24-28]. The same is true for Tuesday January 1st. These are considered regular work days … We are a NEWS site and do not have the luxury of just shutting down or staffing so thinly as to be uncompetitive.”

Steve Chaggaris Rejoins CBS News

Steve Chaggaris, political director of CBS News during the 2008 elections, is rejoining CBS News in the newly-created position of Executive Editor for CBSNews.com in Washington.

Nancy Lane, executive producer for CBSNews.com, says Chaggaris will be responsible for content strategy “across all beats from Washington, with specific emphasis on the management of political content for CBSNews.com.”

Chaggaris joins CBSNews.com from Yahoo! News where he was Executive Producer overseeing special political projects. In between his last stint at CBS News and the Yahoo! job, Chaggaris worked at TBD.com and taught political reporting at Georgetown.

CBS News Taps Nancy Lane To Oversee CBSNews.com Editorial

Former CNN executive Nancy Lane is joining CBS News. Lane has been tapped as executive producer of CBSNews.com, tasked with overseeing all editorial for the news division’s digital outlets.

“Nancy’s long experience managing a global news organization will help us deliver original reporting from CBS News across all digital media,” said CBS News president David Rhodes in a statement. “Early in our discussions about this role, [CBS News chairman] Jeff Fager and I became convinced that Nancy shared our editorial values and could be a tremendous asset in this growing area.”

Lane was most recently senior VP of editorial for CNN/U.S., a role she left in August, 2010. She started her career at CNN in 1981 as an intern, working her way up through the ranks.

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CNN Senior VP Nancy Lane Leaving the Channel

nancy.lane082010.jpgCNN/U.S. senior VP of editorial Nancy Lane, who oversees all domestic newsgathering operations for the network, is leaving the company. In a memo to CNN staffers this morning obtained by TVNewser, Lane said that after 29 years, she has decided to move on and take on new challenges.

“While it’s comfortable to stay where one is, now seems to me the time to expand my repertoire and take a chance on new challenges,” she wrote.

Lane started at CNN in 1981 as an intern in its New York City bureau. According to her official bio, she served as an assignment editor, field producer, line producer, senior political producer, New York executive producer, Washington executive producer and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief before becoming VP and news director of CNN/U.S. in 2003. She was named senior VP in 2007.

CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein writes in a memo that “In the next few days we will lay out our plans for managing her responsibilities. But today is all about Nancy.”

The full memos from Lane and Klein are after the jump.

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Roni Selig Joins CNN’s Medical Team

Another health news job move to report.

Roni Selig is joining CNN Worldwide as senior executive producer/director of the health and wellness medical unit. Selig will lead CNN’s medical reporting and investigations across all platforms, working alongside chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

“Roni Selig is the right match for Sanjay’s outstanding medical reporting,” said CNN SVP Nancy Lane. “Roni will help advance CNN’s health coverage pairing the unit’s dynamic breaking news and important health reporting with an increased focus on personal wellness reporting.”

Selig has 30 years of experience in news and program development for both broadcast and cable networks, most recently as SVP of east coast development and programming for Walt Disney Company/ABC Productions. Before that Selig worked at Oxygen Media, Warner Brothers/Telepictures, Lifetime, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Tristar Television.

David Levine Upped at CNN

The EP of HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, David Levine, has been promoted to Senior Executive Producer of CNN Entertainment, while continuing to oversee Showbiz Tonight.

In a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, CNN’s SVP of editorial Nancy Lane writes, “As various CNN divisions and departments discuss how to create and present content across multiple platforms – TV, dot.com, mobile, etc. – it’s become evident that there is a need to take the next step in the coordination of entertainment newsgathering and production efforts.”

The CNN Entertainment Unit will now report to Levine who joined the network in 2005 to re-launch Showbiz Tonight. Before CNN, Levine was senior broadcast producer of daytime news programming at MSNBC.

CNN’s New APJs

Lane_8.14.jpgB&C’s Robert Marich talked with CNN exec Nancy Lane about the network’s domestic newsgathering expansion and the new APJs (all-platform journalists). The 10 new bureaus across the country will not only deliver content to CNN, CNN.com and Headline News but to TV stations across the country. “Our affiliates have asked us for more local items because they’ve gone hyperlocal themselves,” Lane says.

As TVNewser first reported yesterday, the expansion will include a redefinement and possible move for nine CNN staffers. At the same time, CNN will be adding supervisory staff in Los Angeles and Atlanta to monitor the APJs. Says Lane, “there is a significant cost to get this up and running.”

New Bureaus, New Kind Of Journos for CNN

CNNLogo_8.12.jpgCNN has announced it is expanding its domestic newsgathering presence while introducing a relatively new title into the lexicon: “all-platform journalists.”

The all-platform journalists will join traditional general assignment reporters and CNN’s roster of show-based correspondents in 10 new U.S. cities. Those cities include Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Houston; Las Vegas; Minneapolis, MN; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham, NC; and Seattle. In most cases, the bureaus are expected to be located at CNN affiliates in those markets.

“CNN’s rapid adoption of new technology over the years put us in the enviable position to be able to expand at a time when others are cutting back,” said senior VP of newsgathering Nancy Lane in a press release. “This expansion is a critical component of CNN Worldwide’s overall strategy for increased content ownership.”

The expansion can go forward due in large part to advances in technology. CNN uses lightweight kits combining cameras, editing and transmission technology (satellite and Internet) into a laptop-based system. The bureaus are being rolled out now, and could be up and running by the end of the year.