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Jim Axelrod Eyed As Permanent Anchor of ‘CBS Evening News’ Saturday

CBS News is closing in on a new full-time anchor for the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News.” TVNewser hears that CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod is the man that will get the gig.

Axelrod has been the primary fill-in anchor on the program since Russ Mitchell left CBS News a year ago. Jeff Glor anchors the Sunday edition. The new deal, assuming it gets done, will formalize the role for Axelrod.

The weekend evening news ratings reflect the weekday ratings, with NBC leading the way, followed by ABC and CBS. The numbers might be smaller than the weekday counterparts, but more than 10 million people still get their news on the weekend from the newscasts. Lester Holt anchors the weekend editions of “NBC Nightly News,” while David Muir anchors ‘ABC World News” weekend.

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Former CBS News Anchor Russ Mitchell on MSNBC

Russ Mitchell, who left CBS News earlier this year for a job as main anchor at WKYC (NBC) in Cleveland, is on the scene in nearby Chardon, OH covering this morning‘s school shooting.

Part of Mitchell’s reporting was seen this afternoon on MSNBC.

Who’s Leading the Weekend Evening News Race?

We share the weekend Evening News Ratings scoreboards every Tuesday, but we don’t often get a chance to share numbers for the weekend shows. So here goes.

Like its weekday counterpart, “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” is firmly locked in first place on Saturday and Sunday evening. In the year since David Muir took over as “World News” anchor second-place ABC has narrowed its margins with “Nightly” by -14% in Total Viewers and -3% in A25-54 viewers.

Over the last year, “NBC Nightly News” has averaged a 1.14 million Total Viewer lead over “ABC World News” and a 2.34 million Total Viewer lead over “CBS Evening News” which was, for most of the last year, anchored by Russ Mitchell. Jeff Glor took over as Sunday anchor last month. Among younger viewers, NBC leads ABC by 341,000 viewers and leads CBS by 559,000 viewers.

The margins between “NBC Nightly News” and “ABC World News” during the same time period are smaller on Sundays. The two shows are separated by 649,000 Total Viewers and 281,000 A25-54 viewers. On Sundays during football season, “Nightly” is displaced by NBC’s Sunday Night Football on the West Coast.

Numbers for Saturday/Sunday (Feb. 19, 2011 – Feb. 12, 2012):

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 5,552,000 4,466,000 3,426,000
• A25-54: 1,466,000 1,163,000 887,000

 

 

 

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Rebecca Jarvis Named Co-Host of ‘CBS This Morning: Saturday’

The Saturday edition of CBS’s morning show will take the name of the Monday-Friday editions: “CBS This Morning. And today, Rebecca Jarvis was named co-host of the show. Jarvis, who has been filling in on Saturdays for the last year, joined CBS in April 2010 as news anchor for “The Early Show on Saturday” as well as Business and Economics Correspondent. She’ll continue as the business reporter for the network and contribute to the weekday “CBS This Morning.”

The network will also bring in rotating co-hosts alongside Jarvis until a permanent replacement is named for Russ Mitchell, who left CBS News for a local news anchor job in Cleveland. Mitchell starts his new job at WKYC on Monday.

Jeff Glor to Anchor Sunday Edition of The ‘CBS Evening News’

Former “Early Show” news anchor Jeff Glor has added a new role to his portfolio at CBS News. Glor will become the regular anchor of the Sunday edition of the “CBS Evening News.” The anchor role is in addition to his job as a special correspondent for “CBS This Morning,” which launches on Monday.

Glor is taking over–in part at least–for Russ Mitchell, who announced that he was leaving CBS to join an NBC affiliate in Cleveland. Mitchell anchored the “Evening News” on Saturday and Sunday. CBS has not named an anchor for the Saturday edition of the nightly news program.

Glor first joined CBS News in 2007 as a national correspondent for “The Early Show.” More information after the jump.

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Russ Mitchell Leaving CBS News For Local Station In Cleveland

Russ Mitchell, weekend anchor of “CBS Evening News” and “The Early Show,” is leaving CBS to return to local television.

CBS News president David Rhodes announced Mitchell’s departure in an internal memo this morning, writing that the anchor has made a “great contribution” to the network but has decided to “take the weekends off” in 2012.

Mitchell’s departure from CBS comes as the network is preparing to launch “CBS This Morning.” Mitchell has been co-anchor of the Saturday edition of “The Early Show” for the past year.

TVSpy reports Mitchell will join WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as managing editor of evening news and lead anchor for the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Read the full memo after the jump.

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Broadcast Networks Cover 10th Anniversary of 9/11/01

The broadcast networks will all devote significant portions of tomorrow to special coverage marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The evening news anchors — Brian Williams for NBC, Diane Sawyer for ABC and Scott Pelley for CBS — will each anchor coverage for their respective network beginning at 8 a.m.ET.

Following the conclusion of the scheduled memorial events, CBS News will air “Face the Nation” live from Ground Zero. NBC and ABC will preempt their Sunday political affairs shows, although “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory will contribute to NBC’s coverage from the Pentagon and “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour will contribute to ABC’s coverage from Washington, DC.

Williams will be back on the air for a live broadcast of “Nightly News” from Ground Zero at 6:30 p.m.ET. ABC’s “World News with David Muir” will originate from the studio while the “CBS Evening News with Russ Mitchell” will be broadcast the WTC Memorial site.

Networks Go Live Sunday Evening As President Announces Debt Deal

The last time President Obama spoke late on a Sunday evening back in May, he came bearing important news about foreign policy. Tonight, he had some important news about the economy. Democratic and Republican lawmakers brokered a deal to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts.

The big three broadcast networks interrupted their normal Sunday evening program just after 8:40 PM ET to cover President Obama’s comments on the deal. Russ Mitchell anchored for CBS, George Stephanopoulos for ABC, and Brian Williams–who was already in 30 Rock for “Nightly” and the “Inside Congress” special–anchored for NBC:

As you would expect the three general cable news channels also took the comments live after an afternoon and evening of special coverage:

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Norah O’Donnell To Make CBS News Anchoring Debut Tonight on the Weekend ‘Evening News’

Tonight on the weekend edition “CBS Evening News” Norah O’Donnell will fill-in for Russ Mitchell. It will be O’Donnell’s first time anchoring since joining CBS News last month. O’Donnell joined the Tiffany network in June as chief White House correspondent. She had served as a regular fill-in anchor at NBC News at MSNBC before joining CBS.

On Friday’s “Hardball” on MSNBC, fill-in host Michael Smerconish forgot O’Donnell had jumped to CBS. Talking about the debt ceiling talks with NBC’s David Gregory, Smerconish said, “I think it was our own Norah O’Donnell who posed the question, something like the tick tock of what had gone on here.”

NABJ To TV News Organizations: Where is the Diversity?

The National Association of Black Journalists has a message for the TV news organizations: where is the diversity in your on-air ranks? The NABJ notes a lack of diversity in primetime on both network and cable, and says some anchors are ready for their shot:

Russ Mitchell of CBS News, Lester Holt of NBC News, and CNN’s T. J. Holmes are weekend warriors who possess charisma, journalistic heft, and the handsome qualities to front a prime-time show.

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