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CBS News to Mark 50th Anniversary of the Beatles on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

BeatlesSullivanCBS has launched a new division called CBS Live Experiences which aims to bring CBS’s popular TV programming to live events. The first, happening in February, will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

The centerpiece of each event will be CBS News’ archival coverage of key moments, in addition to a symposium of experts moderated by CBS News anchors and correspondents.

CBS News correspondent and anchor Anthony Mason will host the first event Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. That’s 50 years to the day of the historic telecast and in the legendary theater where it happened.

“I was a huge fan of The Beatles,” Mason tells TVNewser. “I watched The Ed Sullivan Show that first February night in 1964. I was only 8 years old, but had a collection of Beatle fan magazines and even bought a Beatles wig.

I distinctly remember my good buddy from school, (WABC-TV entertainment reporter) Sandy Kenyon, and I throwing on our wigs, grabbing tennis rackets like they were guitars and miming to the ‘Meet The Beatles’  album on my parents’ turntable.  It will be a real thrill to be in the Ed Sullivan Theater on the 50th anniversary.”

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CNNers Past and Present Celebrate Network’s 30th Anniversary

Sat Party 4.jpgA large crowd of former and current CNNers gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday night to celebrate the network’s thirtieth birthday.

The bash — an unofficial gathering organized by former CNN producer Elissa Free — drew over three hundred people and was emceed by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.

“It was a celebration of what we had built,” former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena tells TVNewser. Arena, who started her career at CNN in 1984, said that joining the then-four-year-old network “was a labor of love… There was an energy and an innocence about the place. We brought live to the air things that people had never seen live on the air before.”

CNN founder Ted Turner addressed the group, telling attendees he was proud of what staffers have accomplished. Former CNN president Tom Johnson also spoke.

Current CNNers in attendance included anchor Wolf Blitzer, News Standards and Practices EVP Rick Davis, Political Director Sam Feist, and correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

Former CNNers in the house included Cissy Baker, Ralph Begleiter, Charles Bierbauer, Mike Boettcher, Tony Collings, Roger Cossack, Patty Davis, Bill Dorman, Rusty Dornin, Bob Franken, David French, Frances Hardin, Leon Harris, Sandy Kenyon, Jamie McIntyre, Brooks Jackson, Kathleen Koch, Eileen O’Connor, Chris Plante, Frank Sesno, Mark Shields, Linda Taira, Mary Alice Williams, and Judy Woodruff.

“It was a lot of reminiscing about the little network that could,” Arena said. “There was no griping, no discussion about the current CNN — that’s not why people were there. People were there to celebrate what we had accomplished. It was like a family reunion.”

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(photo by Richard Kolko)

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