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TV Watcher Asks: ‘Is Charlie Rose Too Old For This?’

The news that Charlie Rose will be a part of CBS’s re-imagined morning news show still has a lot people buzzing today.

In his story, Brian Stelter points out that Rose is a “mainstay on the Manhattan cocktail party circuit,” with a CBS executive adding, “Is there a curfew for morning TV anchors? We won’t have one.”

But Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici asks whether Rose is simply too old for a morning routine.

[I]t’s very unusual for anyone as old as Rose to be starting a new anchor job, much less one on a new, or at least entirely revamped, show. Rose is already older than ABC’s Charles Gibson and Peter Jennings were when they retired (both were 66) and older than Tom Brokaw was when he stepped down from “NBC Nightly News” (64). He’s six years older than Diane Sawyer was when she left “Good Morning America” for “World News Tonight.” He’s 16 years older than “Today’s” Matt Lauer.

I asked Andrew Tyndall, an analyst who closely tracks network news, if he could think of another instance where someone Rose’s age moved into a new anchor job. He could not. “It is especially astonishing that Rose is being used in the physically arduous morning timeslot with his history of heart disease,” he says. (Rose had open heart surgery in 2006.)

For First Time in 9 Years, All Three Evening Newscasts Grow Viewership

The three network evening newscasts have been in a downward trend since the days of Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather. But for the first time since the 2001-02 season, all the three evening newscasts saw an increase in Total Viewers year-over-year.

Compared to the 2009-2010 season during the just completed 2010-11 season:

The gain of a combined 637,000 total viewers in the 2010-11 season, followed a loss of 739,000 viewers in the 2009-2010 season; which means, while viewership is up, it’s not at the level it was in 2008-09, which saw the presidential election/inauguration.

NBC and CBS are also up in A25-54 viewers compared to last season: +1.4% for “Nightly News” and +1.7% for “Evening News.” “World News” was flat. Katie Couric anchored the CBS Evening News for the first 8 months of the season with Scott Pelley picking up in June. All three newscasts have also seen Executive Producer changes in the last few months.

Numbers for the 2010-2011 season:

Program Total Viewers A25-54 Viewers
nightly9-22.jpg 8.79M 2.60M
WN_9.21.jpg 7.81M 2.13M
5.87M 1.77M

Lloyd Robertson, North America’s Longest-Serving Evening News Anchor, Steps Down

Last night, CTV anchor Lloyd Robertson spent his last night behind the anchor desk at the “CTV National News.” As we reported last year, Robertson–CTV’s chief news anchor and senior editor for 35 years–decided to retire, and Thursday evening was his last night on the air for the network. He ended his final broadcast with his signature goodbye line: “And that’s the kind of day it’s been.”

Robertson outlasted most of his fellow evening newscast from the U.S., having served at the same time as Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings. Now He will hand over the anchor desk to Lisa LaFlamme, who will start as the anchor of the “CTV National News” Monday.

Rick Kaplan named EP of ABC’s ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour’

He’s not even out, and he’s already back in.

Rick Kaplan, whose final “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” production is set for tonight, is about to undertake his third tour of duty at ABC News as he joins the network to head up political coverage and executive produce “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Kaplan announced Tuesday he was leaving CBS News. It was a return to CBS for Kaplan who worked for Walter Cronkite‘s CBS broadcast.

After CBS, Kaplan spent 18 years at ABC (1979-1997) first as senior producer of “World News Tonight,” then EP of “Nightline” from 1985-1989; creator and EP of “Primetime LIVE” from 1989-1994 and finally EP of “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” from 1994-1996.

Kaplan returned to ABC News in 2003-2004 as SVP responsible for the division’s hard news programs and political coverage. Insiders remember when he wrapped the ABC News bus for 2004 presidential campaign coverage.

Not only is this a return to ABC for Kaplan, who’s also a past president of MSNBC, but it reunites him with Amanpour with whom he worked in the late 1990′s when Kaplan was president of CNN.

Kaplan will be based in New York and, like Amanpour, commute to Washington for Sunday’s shows.

“This Week” has been without an executive since Ian Cameron departed the show last Fall.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood‘s note after the jump…

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Barbara Fedida out at CBS News

As part of the management changes at CBS News, TVNewser has learned the division’s VP of talent and development, Barbara Fedida is leaving the network.

Fedida was brought to CBS News from ABC News in 2006 by then-News president Sean McManus. Today is also McManus’ final day with the news division as he moves solely to CBS Sports where he will be chairman.

Fedida began her career at ABC News in 1989 as a production associate for “Peter Jennings Reporting.” She remained with ABC for 17 years where she held positions including talent recruitment and development director, director of Standards and Practices and as a producer for several ABC News programs including “Day One,” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”

At CBS Fedida recruited talent including correspondents Terry McCarthy and Nancy Cordes from ABC, Erica HillSeth Doane and Elaine Quijano from CNN, Rebecca Jarvis from CNBC, “Early Show” weatherperson Marysol Castro, also from ABC and Dr. Jennifer Ashton from Fox News.

Richard Holbrooke 1941-2010

All three evening newscasts updated the west coast versions of their broadcasts last night to report the news of the death of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. The news of Holbrooke’s death at George Washington University Hospital broke around 7:40pmET.

Katie Couric updated for the CBS Evening News. Vicki Mabrey updated for ABC World News and NBC News correspondent Than Truong updated for “Nightly News” from NBC’s LA bureau.

Upon hearing the news Couric Tweeted:

“He was a brilliant man, a dedicated public servant and a helpful friend. Richard Holbrooke 1941-2010.”

Holbrooke’s widow is Kati Marton, the former wife of the late ABC Newsman Peter Jennings. Marton, a journalist who’s worked at ABC News and NPR, and Holbrooke were married in 1995.

Peter Jennings’ Children Reflect on their Father’s Life and Death

On GMA this morning, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff talks with Elizabeth Jennings, the daughter of legendary ABC News anchor Peter Jennings. Elizabeth, and her brother Chris, are speaking out now during national lung cancer awareness month. The disease took their father’s life in August, 2005. In the days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Jennings, who’d quit a decade earlier, began smoking again. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2005 and died four months later.

In December of that year, Woodruff was paired with Elizabeth Vargas to take over the anchor duties on World News Tonight. Just a few weeks into their pairing, Woodruff was seriously injured in an IED attack in Iraq.

Chris Jennings writes an essay about his father’s fight to quit on ABCNews.com, while his sister talked with Woodruff on today’s “Good Morning America.”

Woodruff: What’s it like to not have your father anymore?

Jennings: Well, the obvious answer is that it’s very difficult. And I sometimes always think that, “maybe, you know, maybe he’ll walk through the door.” Or there are times when you really need a dad’s advice. So you have this dialogue inside. And in my head, he’s still there in a lot of ways.

Woodruff: Given the fact that your father was so well known, do you think that people really woke up about lung cancer because of that?

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Rachel Maddow & Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell Awarded the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow was among the recipients of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance. Maddow was honored for her “passionate coverage of the intersection of religion and politics.” Maddow spoke of faith, politics, and challenging extremism at the event on Sunday.

Past honorees include Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, George Clooney, Judy Shepard and Larry King.

The award ceremony had several famous guests in attendance: Mr. Cronkite’s son, Chip Cronkite and his wife, the actress Deborah Rush, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, and Bill Wolff, the executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The official press release is after the jump…
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Aaron Brown on the Political Focus of Cable News

Brown092210.jpgFormer CNN anchor Aaron Brown is interviewed by OnMilwaukee.com. Brown is now a professor at the Walter Cronkite school of journalism at Arizona State University.

The interview is interesting, as Brown expresses his displeasure at the increasingly political focus of the cable news channels:

Of TV news, Brown says he doesn’t watch that much. But he’s still high on the traditional network newscasts, despite their steady decline in viewers. He spent a decade at ABC News, which he remembers warmly, along with its late anchor, Peter Jennings

And cable news?

He’s not exactly enamored with the move toward constant political debate, with ideologues on both sides. He talks of “hundreds” of people who’ve come up to him with the same complaint:

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Three Evening News Anchors Walk Onto a Plane…

PanAm091410.jpgFox News Channel senior VP Michael Clemente is featured in this week’s “Frequent Flier” column in the New York Times.

The executive, who spent many years at ABC News before joining FNC, recalls a rather remarkable story involving the three evening news anchors at the time, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings.

Specifically, Clemente recalls the three anchors and their staff, all flying back to New York from France on the same flight:

Though everyone made a great show of being cordial, it was awkward because there are always some underlying issues about ratings. The people who were in first place were the happiest.

Within a few minutes of the plane taking off, a light went on in the cabin indicating a problem. The plane had to dump some fuel and circle back to the airport. It wasn’t a big deal. No one was in any danger. It was a nonevent…

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