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Sharyl Attkisson: ‘Unstoppable’ Forces Halted CBS Reporting; Network Responds

AttkissonStelterIn her most recent TV interview, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson claims politics kept her stories from airing.

“The tendency on the part of some of these managers who have key influences has been they never mind the stories that seem to … go against the grain of the Republican Party,” Attkisson told “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter yesterday. “But they do often seem to feel defensive about, almost, personally defensive on stories that could make the government look bad.”

She pointed to now former-”CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin as one of a number of producers who took issue with her stories that were more critical of the Obama administration; she also cited “heavy-handed editing” practices overseen by producers and managers, including Shevlin.

“It’s hard to say it’s all at the guidance of her, but she is executive producer of the show,” Attkisson added.

“CBS News maintains the highest journalistic standards in what it chooses to put on the air,” CBS News spokesperson Sonya McNair tells TVNewser in response to Attkisson’s claims. “Those standards are applied without fear or favor.”

Attkisson’s “Reliable Sources” interview comes a week after she appeared on FNC’s media affairs show “Media Buzz.” Attkisson is writing a book about her CBS News experience, scheduled for release in November.

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Jim McGlinchy Serving as Interim Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CBS JimLongtime CBS producer Jim McGlinchy is serving as interim executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” TVNewser has learned.

The move follows the departure last week of executive producer Pat Shevlin who leaves “Evening News” for “60 Minutes.”

McGlinchy, who has been with CBS News for 41 years, has been senior broadcast producer for the show. He’s worked on the evening news broadcast for two separate stints; the first from 1993-2007, and then again starting in 2012. He started at CBS in 1973 as a desk assistant.

It isn’t clear whether McGlinchy is being considered for the permanent EP job, or when a permanent replacement will be named.

Scott Pelley Recounts CBS’ Boston Marathon Bombing Reporting

In a “60 Minutes Overtime” piece last night, Scott Pelley recounted 100 hours of CBS News’ reporting after last year’s Boston Marathon bombing story broke.

Pelley and his team were in CBS’ “Fishbowl” room at around 3pmET when “CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin had a marathon picture sent to her phone. “In the picture, I saw red,” Pelley said, adding that although it was a lousy picture, it convinced him to go on-air at 3:09pmET.

Pelley explained why he was very careful not to initially use the “B word.” “We don’t know it’s a bomb…we know there are explosions.” He then spoke about the “pandemonium” that ensued when other networks started prematurely reporting arrests had been made.  “People are saying, ‘why aren’t we going on the air?’” Pelley said.

He answered his staff: “We don’t know this…we don’t report other peoples’ reporting, and we don’t have two sources on this, and I’m going to have to have two sources on this.” His restraint proved correct, as CBS never falsely reported arrests had been made like many of their TV News competition.

‘CBS Evening News’ EP Pat Shevlin Stepping Down

ShevlinCBSPolitico’s Dylan Byers reports Pat Shevlin is stepping down from “CBS Evening News” just shy of three years as Executive Producer of the show. Byers reports Shevlin sent a memo to her colleagues announcing the move. Shevlin, who has been with CBS News since 1973, is expected to stay with the network.

Shevlin has been EP since June 2011, when Scott Pelley took over as anchor. The show, which remains in third place among the evening newscasts, has seen ratings growth under her tenure, and has won three Emmys.

Asia bureau chief Marsha Cooke recently returned to New York and is likely to take over as EP. Sonya McNair, senior vice president for communications for CBS News, declined to comment on the changes.

(Photo Credit: Richard Howard Photography)

Is Politics Getting in the Way of News at CBS?

Politico’s Dylan Byers digs deeper into the story of CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. Byers reports that Attkisson, who openly discussed the challenge of getting her stories on the air, is in talks to leave the network, but that CBS would like her to stay.

CBS News president David Rhodes is said to value her diligence, but there are others, most notably Pat Shevlin, the executive producer of CBS Evening News, who are wary of her motives and have even dismissed her, in private, as a partisan carrying water for Republicans. Alternatively, some sources suggested that Shevlin’s own political bias, which they described as liberal, was to blame.

“She is a dogged reporter, a good reporter, but some people here get the feeling she goes too far — that she’s agenda driven,” a source told Byers. “She’s not afraid, and that’s a great thing. But sometimes people here believe she has to be reined in.”

Scott Pelley on ‘Evening News’ EP Pat Shevlin: ‘In the heat of battle, she’s a cool breeze’

“CBS Evening News” executive producer Pat Shevlin is the subject of a lengthy profile in the quarterly magazine of her alma mater, Wellesley College. Shevlin talks about her first glimmer of interest in the news business (after the assassination of John F. Kennedy), how she was hired at CBS (persistence helped) and her goal of being more accessible than previous “Evening News” EPs. The piece also details her relationship with the program’s anchor, Scott Pelley:

In the world of network evening news programs, all of which carry the name of the anchor, Scott Pelley and Pat Shevlin are twinned. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager named Scott Pelley anchor and paired Pat Shevlin with him. For Pelley, it’s a match made in collegial heaven. “We have just meshed perfectly. We share the same values, the same ideals,” he says. “I just cannot imagine a better partner to run this broadcast with. I really wouldn’t want to do this with anybody else.”

Shevlin has also helped him develop his anchoring skills. “She’s my coach,” he says. This is a new role for Pelley. He continues, “I’ve been a correspondent, but I never anchored a local newscast. She taught me how to do it.” More importantly, he says, “In the heat of battle, she’s a cool breeze; she calms everybody down, and calms me down.”

[Photo credit: Richard Howard/Wellesley magazine]

The Evening Ticker: Chiang, Cooper & Friends, FBN

  • Former CNBC producer Lulu Chiang has landed at CBS News. Chiang, who had been Maria Bartiromo‘s producer, is joining the “CBS Evening News” as a senior producer/senior booker. Pat Shevlin‘s note to staff announcing the hire is after the jump.
  • Anderson Cooper‘s daytime talk show “Anderson” has announced some of the guest-hosts for the new season. Kristen Chenowith will be the first guest co-host, with others including D.L. Hughley, Howie Mandel and Goldie Hawn. THR has more details.
  • FBN partnered with NYSE Euronext on this year’s CEO report. As part of the deal, Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer will be on FBN at 6 PM to talk about the report, which compiles data culled from interviews with top CEOs about the global economy.

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Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and More Turn Out to Remember Lane Venardos

Longtime CBS News executive Lane Venardos was fondly remembered Wednesday in a moving service at the Paley Center in New York City.

Venardos who died August 19 at his home in Maui, spent 30 years at CBS News producing live news, special events and documentaries. He would go on to produce the “Survivor” live finales for Mark Burnett on CBS.

More than 200 luminaries from across the television industry attended the memorial, including CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, News president David Rhodes; Charles Osgood, Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, and Rita Braver; current “CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin, CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (who currently has the job Venardos once held) and “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison.

Also Diane Sawyer, now with ABC News, who worked with Venardos during her time at CBS and from NBC: Brian Williams, News president Steve Capus and former CBSer, now EP of “Rock Center” Rome Hartman, were there, as was former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. ABC’s “This Week” EP Rick Kaplan, and former “GMA” boss Jim Murphy, both former CBS Newsers, attended.

Former CBS News and CBS, Inc. president Howard Stringer, who worked closely with Venardos during his years at CBS and who is now CEO of Sony, spoke via video. Other speakers included Pelley, Stahl, Williams and Venardos’s daughter Kelly who is a producer for “NBC Nightly News.” CBS News “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky presented a video tribute (after the jump). The service concluded with a vocal solo performed by Venardos’s son, Kevin.

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CBS News Prepares for the Scott Pelley Era

Tonight at 6:30 PM ET, Scott Pelley will make his debut as the anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”

It is only fitting that on the same day that the last anchor of the “CBS Evening News” made her next move official, a new era for the program begins.

Behind the Scenes however, there are some other changes coming to the newscast–changes that reflect the current state of network news divisions–but also ones that viewers at home probably won’t notice.

The new executive producer of the newscast, Pat Shevlin, raised some eyebrows during a staff meeting in late May. Shevlin–who had been EP of the weekend edition of the program, told staffers that she wants to have more pieces for the weekday newscast shot by producers.

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