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They gambled, and it paid off. On the day President Obama announced he would move forward with talks aimed at normalizing relations with Cuba, “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley stunned many observers when he appeared–looking crisp in a suit and tie–in Havana, the only evening news anchor on the island Wednesday night. “Everyone is so happy here,” said one CBS News insider about the hectic hours of work by dozens of “Evening News” staffers to make that liveshot happen.
On air, Pelley may have made it look effortless, but it wasn’t. Not at all. The decision to go for it was made shortly after the Cuba story broke. CBS execs decided it was worth the risk of having Pelley absent from the newscast on a major news day–Norah O’Donnell was slated to fill-in on the anchor desk in New York–for the chance to make a bold statement by having Pelley in place in Cuba.
Pelley started the day in Washington, where he attended last night’s White House media holiday party. Once the decision was made, Pelley and his team scrambled and headed directly to the airport.
In New York and Havana, producers, coordinators and fixers worked through the day to make sure that if Pelley’s travel went as hoped–entering the country is hardly without unexpected problems–there would be a live location waiting for him. The best case scenario was that Pelley would land, drive to the camera, mic up and go live.
Also spotted, Chris Licht, VP of Programming for CBS News, morning anchors Norah O’Donnell from “CBS This Morning,” “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough, CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo and “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos. CNN anchors Candy Crowley and Wolf Blitzer were there, as were Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, and Greta’s husband John Coale.
CNN executives Jeff Zucker and Andrew Morse, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, PBS’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, MSNBC anchor Joy Ann Reid (with her eldest son in tow), Haddad Media’s Tammy Haddad, and DC correspondents including FNC’s Shannon Bream, CBS’s Bill Plante, CNN’s Joe Johns, and NBC’s Chris Jansing and Kelly O’Donnell.
(Photo: via Greta)
The cable and broadcast news networks will roll out election night sets, gizmos, and all-hands-on-deck teams tonight as midterm voters go to the polls. And for some races, it could be a late night.
TVNewser will be live blogging all night long covering the coverage, so send us your tips, observations, social media discoveries and screenshots.
Full network-by-network coverage plans, and links to our reports on each network’s lineups of analysts, after the jump.
My boss told me, “People will imitate you. They will try to do what you do. Never worry about them, because there’s only one you. So whatever you’re doing that makes you special, they can imitate it. But they can never be the same person, with the same delivery, with the same gifts and so on.”
It’s corporate synergy at its finest, and just in time for November Sweeps.
Norah O’Donnell of “CBS This Morning” makes a cameo on an upcoming episode of CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” The result was some nice cross promotion, as “CTM” shot a segment about the scene which was filmed at Studio 57. That episode airs next Friday.
NBC had a similar approach when the “Today” show’s Al Roker filmed a scene for an upcoming episode of “The Mysteries of Laura.” Unfortunately for Roker fans, the scene was left on the cutting room floor. “You were cut?,” Willie Geist asked this morning. “I was cut,” Roker confirmed, “My cameo never made it into the show.”
Check out both scenes, after the jump… Read more
Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Andrea Mitchell, and Norah O’Donnell were among guests joining the family of the late NBC newsman John Palmer in Manhattan last night to celebrate his life, as recounted in Palmer’s new memoir, Newscatcher.
Palmer began working on the book several years ago, daughter Molly Palmer Cowan tells TVNewser. The publication comes a year after the former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor passed away from pulmonary fibrosis in 2013.
“When it became clear that he wasn’t going to make it through his sudden illness last summer, I brought his book to the hospital,” Palmer Cowan recalls. “I did it in part to help my Dad celebrate all that he accomplished and experienced but if I’m being honest, I mostly did it for selfish reasons. My greatest fear as I watched my father’s life come to an end was having questions for him that he wouldn’t be able to answer or stories I couldn’t remember.”
Newscatcher recounts Palmer’s time covering the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, as well as his reporting in earlier years while based in Chicago, New York, Tel Aviv, Beirut, and Paris.
“As we took turns reading the book to him, he would finish each story himself, often recounting new details,” Palmer Cowan says. “I’m so grateful we got to hear him tell those stories one last time and even more grateful they are documented for us to always enjoy.”
“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell will lead CBS News coverage of the midterm elections on November 4. The network provide hourly updates at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., followed by a one-hour election special at 10:00 p.m.
CBS will live-stream network coverage on CBSNews.com, and provide additional original reporting online. The network also promises to make extensive use of Twitter:
As the coverage unfolds, CBS News will use the Twitter account @CBSPolitics to communicate all election projections and characterizations. CBS News will use Twitter and other social media to introduce a new level of transparency into all CBS News political reporting, revealing internal guidance on competitive races as soon as the information is reportable.
“Circumstances surrounding the evolving Ray Rice story is where we must begin,” Brown said at the top of the 7:30pmET pre-show, then tossing to “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley in New York who updated viewers on the case.
CBS had planned to run a segment featuring Rihanna singing the Jay Z song “Run This Town,” but that was cut in lieu of the Rice news. A few minutes later, “CBS This Morning” anchor Norah O’Donnell joined Brown on set in Baltimore. O’Donnell interviewed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week, but since then new news has come out that Rice told Goodell he hit his then-fiancee, that February night in Atlantic City, videotaped evidence of which thrust the story back on the front page this week.
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As for CBS’ first Thursday Night Football (8-11pmET), the network is thrilled with the ratings outcome. The overnight ratings show a primetime household rating/share of 12.9/22, +215% higher than the comparable CBS primetime programming a year ago. This was CBS’ best primetime Thursday delivery since May 18, 2006.
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