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CBS News London Bureau Cuts Staff

In another example of international downsizing by American networks, TVNewser has learned CBS News is letting go four longtime camera/sound crews from the London bureau.

CBS News EVP Paul Friedman made the trip to London earlier this week — to a CBS News operation once headed by Edward R. Murrow — to deliver the bad news.

Gone are cameraman Siphiwo Ralo, a South African who, in the early ’90′s, helped the network get access to the ghettos as apartheid was coming to an end. He’d been with CBS since 1985. Also gone, Nick Turner, who learned of the changes via phone. He is undergoing cancer treatment and not working at the moment. Cameraman Massimo Mariani and sound man Andy Stevenson are also being let go. The men have covered war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia and beyond.

While two photographers will remain on staff, London producers will be doing more shooting for correspondents Mark Phillips and Elizabeth Palmer. Separate from this week’s news, correspondent Richard Roth, who has been in CBS’ London bureau since 1998, is leaving the network.

The CBS News London bureau was shaken to the core on Memorial Day 2006 when camerman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan were killed in Baghdad while on assignment with former CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier.

The crews are being given a year’s salary and could freelance for CBS in the future, but sources tell us they don’t expect much work.

And CBS is not alone when it comes to international downsizing.

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Maintaining Focus on America’s Longest War

afghanistan_6-21.jpgB&C’s Marisa Guthrie writes today about the challenge at the news networks in keeping the war in Afghanistan a top story. “For television news correspondents who have spent time in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq,” Guthrie writes, “the challenge continues to be in bringing the eight-plus-year war home in a way that is relatable to U.S. viewers, who are also still overwhelmed by aftershocks of the Great Recession.”

Diminishing resources and small staffs might also be partially to blame. Here’s an indicator of what a strange time we’re in: While CBS’ Paul Friedman, executive VP of CBS News, “praised” reporting by Terry McCarthy and Mandy Clark, he tells B&C one of the reasons CBS News has had less coverage has been…Lara Logan‘s maternity leave?

Still, Friedman notes Logan’s dogged dedication to covering Iraq and Afghanistan, and can’t deny that her intensity has been missed. “I would think that the biggest factor in how much less we’ve had on the air really has to do with Lara Logan’s pregnancy than it does with anything else,” he says.

(Logan gave birth to a baby girl — her second child — in March; part of The Great CBS Baby Boom of 2010).

Meanwhile ABC’s Martha Raddatz and NBC’s Richard Engel also weighed in, pointing out that there are still many stories to cover even if they are more difficult to get on the air.

Related: Engel recently spoke to TVNewser about his trip to Somalia and reporting on a war where “the war-fronts are not in anyone place anymore.”

CBS Announces Guest List for WHCA Dinner

CBS News has announced their guest list for Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association dinner. In addition to anchors/correspondents Katie Couric, Harry Smith, Dave Price, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Bill Plante and execs Sean McManus, Paul Friedman, Rick Kaplan, David Friedman, and Chris Isham here are CBS’s special guests:

Morgan Freeman
Julianna Margulies
Betty White
(one week before her SNL hosting gig)
Chelsea Handler
Ayla Brown, daughter of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
Attorney General Eric Holder
HHS Secy. Kathleen Sebelius
Energy Secy. Steven Chu
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

• TVNewser will be in D.C. for the weekend. We’ll be attending the annual Saturday garden party at Chez Haddad, the Dinner parties — pre- and post- and Sunday morning’s brunch and tour of the new “Meet the Press” studio. Check back with FisbowlDC and TVNewser all weekend for coverage.

CBS News Doc Delivers The Body Scoop for Girls

GalleyCat covers last night‘s book party for CBS News medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton. The whole “Early Show” team was there: Maggie Rodriquez, Harry Smith and Dave Price, and the big bosses: Sean McManus, Paul Friedman, Barbara Fedida, Linda Mason, Rick Kaplan and David Friedman.

News Crews Begin Leaving Haiti

cbshaiti_1-25.jpgNYTimes’ Brian Stelter writes about the next step in the process of covering the earthquake in Haiti: the withdrawal of news crews. As the costs and the number of difficulties begin to increase and, unfortunately, as public interest begins to decrease, the networks have drawn down their presence in Port-au-Prince:

Executives acknowledge that the worries arise now. They say, however, that the same technology that let reporters and camera crews arrive ahead of aid shipments will let them withdraw staff from the country but return with relative ease when events call for it.

While finances were not an initial concern, CBS News EVP Paul Friedman told the Times that his network was “drawing down people as fast as we can, because the story is not as central as it was, and because we’ve got to start worrying about all the money we’re spending.”

Related: FNC’s Bill Hemmer reflects on his experience while covering the disaster.

More: B&C’s Marisa Guthrie reports: “The bill for Haiti is expected to come to approximately $1.5 million for each broadcast network, say current and former television news executives.”

Broadcasters Prepare for another Wilsonian Moment at SOTU

B&C’s Marisa Guthrie talks with TV News execs about the upcoming State of the Union Address, tentatively set for Jan. 26. With the Hill bitterly divided over health care, and a tight Senate race in Massachusetts threatening to scuttle the bill, will there be another (Joe) Wilsonian outburst?

“I don’t know that because [Wilson] spoke out at that speech it’s going to cause a lot of people to be boisterous in the hall,” says CNN DC Bureau Chief David Bohrman. “They’re generally a well-behaved group; some will applaud and some will sit on their hands. But I don’t think we’re anticipating question time in Parliament.”

Exposure can be a motivating factor. More than 30 million viewers watched last September’s speech on eight networks. And if there is a spontaneous eruption of vitriol from a member of Congress, as opposed to the more mundane disruptions of anonymous protesters who periodically wrangle their way into the cheap seats, the pool director will not refrain from showing it.

“If it’s newsworthy, we cover it,” says CBS News EVP Paul Friedman. “And if somebody does something like that, it’s automatically news, given the setting. So there’s no way to duck it or want to duck it.”

> Update: FishbowlDC reports the State of the Union will be held next Wednesday, January 27.

Newser Notes from Haiti

• Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan, who’s covered wars and other international conflict, was overcome with emotion telling the story of a woman who lost 4 of her children in the quake, and her fifth child at a hospital: “That kind of loss is hoffific in any culture. But when you’re in a culture where …. where you’re alone …. it just makes it all the more difficult.” (VIDEO HERE)

IWatson_1.15.jpg• CNN’s Ivan Watson has been reporting from the scene of a rescue attempt of an 11-year-old girl. “She’s crying, she’s in a lot of pain right now and she’s terribly scared. This little girl – it’s kind of heartbreaking to hear this – because she’s pinned there. The right leg is underneath the concrete – her hands are free and her leg is free and she’s talking to us. They only discovered her today. They’re thinking about trying to cut her leg. They don’t know what to do right now.” (VIDEO HERE)

• CNN’s Anderson Cooper was #1 at 10pm in the A25-54 demo last night. Greta Van Susteren was #1 in Total Viewers.

• For Total Day coverage, Fox News came out on top averaging 1.5M Total Viewers (426K in A25-54) to CNN’s 942K (337K). MSNBC drew 449K (129K) and HLN drew 320K (137K).

• Reuters TV, which has been providing coverage for international broadcasters including Al Jazeera, Canal Plus, and ITN, was first with video of the devastation — about 4 hours after the quake Tuesday night. The service had the first TV facility set up at the airport – before NBC’s own dish was set up – Brian Williams, Al Roker, Ann Curry rushed to the Reuters dish so they could do a cross-talk on MSNBC. Williams even thanked Reuters at the beginning of “Nightly News” last night.

• B&C’s Marisa Guthrie talks to Williams, ABC’s VP of news Kate O’Brian, and CBS News SVP Paul Friedman about the logistical difficulties of feeding and housing the news crews as well as keeping them safe as they cover the disaster.

CBS News SVP on Checkbook Journalism: ‘It’s Out of the Bottle’

Jasper_1.4.jpgThe AP’s David Bauder highlights the latest incidents of checkbook journalism, two of which happened over the holidays: NBC News chartering a Brazil-to-U.S. flight for David and Sean Goldman and CNN and ABC paying for cell phone images of the underwear bomber and an interview with the hero who stopped the attack in its tracks.

Goldman_1.4.jpgPaul Friedman, who’s worked at NBC News, ABC News and is now Senior VP at CBS News says get used to this kind of journalism. “If we all drew a line again, maybe we could stop this,” Friedman tells Bauder. “But that’s probably hopelessly naive. It’s out of the bottle.”

EP Change Delays New ‘Early Show’ Graphics Look

For weeks the CBS “Early Show” has been working with affiliates as they prepare to roll out a new graphics look dubbed Early Enhanced. But yesterday’s announcement that EP Zev Shalev would be leaving the show has pushed those plans back. TVNewser received the following email letting affiliates know of the delay:

Today it was announced that Zev Shalev, the Executive Producer of The Early Show, will be leaving the broadcast to pursue other opportunities. A new Executive Producer will be named very soon. As a result, we will be holding off on the launch of the Early Enhanced graphic until the new Executive Producer is able to review and approve the new look. We will notify you as soon as we have a new date. We really appreciate your participation in the conference calls and look forward to any questions you may have as we move forward with this new graphic look.

The NYTimes’ Brian Stelter has more on who the new EP is expected to be. He’s David Friedman, who’s been with NBC’s “Last Call” and before that, the “Today” show. He’s also the son of the #2 at CBS News, Paul Friedman.

‘Early Show’ EP Zev Shalev Departing CBS

Shalev_12.9.jpgZev Shalev, who has been executive producer of the CBS “Early Show” for the last 18 months, told his staff this morning that he’s leaving the broadcast, and the network. Shalev plans to launch an online news/social media desination. More on that later today when we talk to Shalev.

In a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus writes, “I want to thank Zev for his commitment and his contributions to THE EARLY SHOW. During his time with CBS News, Zev has helped position THE EARLY SHOW as a serious contender in morning TV.”

Shalev will help through the transition as McManus writes, an “appointment will be announced shortly.”

The changes at the top of the #3 morning show come during the same week as changes are made to the on-air line-up at the #2 show, ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Tomorrow an announcement will be made that ABC is adding George Stehpanopoulos and Juju Chang to the anchor team as Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo depart.

McManus’s note after the jump…

> More: NYObserver’s Felix Gillette reports David Friedman will be named EP of the show. Friedman is the son of CBS News EVP Paul Friedman. Reached for comment, CBS News spokeswoman Kelli Halyard tells TVNewser, “We decline to comment on speculation and rumor.”

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