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  • Broadcasting and Cable has named “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts to its Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The 24th Annual Hall of Fame will be celebrated at the Waldorf Astoria on October 20.

  • Steve Kroft took home his third Gerald Loeb award last night, this time for his “60 Minutes” investigation, “40 Million Mistakes,” which looked into the inaccuracies of credit reporting agencies.

  • Samantha Barry is CNN’s new Senior Director for Social News. Barry joins from the BBC and has also been consulting for the U.S. State Department, training local organizations and journalists on social strategies in places like India, Iraq and Nigera.

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Franken Says Merged Comcast, Time Warner Cable ‘Will Be Bad for Consumers’

Having done two stints as a writer and performer on “Saturday Night Live,” Sen. Al Franken knows a thing or two about NBC. This morning on CBS, the Minnesota democrat said NBC parent company Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable “will be bad for consumers of TV, of cable TV and of the Internet.

“I think consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and worse, even worse service,” Fraken said on “CBS This Morning.”

As chairman of the Privacy, Technology, and Law Subcommittee, Franken also discussed Steve Kroft‘s report on personal data being harvested by marketing companies.

“You saw it last night on ’60 Minutes,’” said Franken. “I really believe that Americans have a right to privacy, that they have a right to know what’s being taken, what of their private information’s being taken, and to give permission if you’re going to take their private information.”

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’60 Minutes’ Philip Seymour Hoffman Interview: ‘I Got Panicked for My Life’

Hoffman304Tomorrow night “60 Minutes” will rebroadcast a 2006 interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman in which the actor discusses his problems with addiction. The Steve Kroft interview has been re-edited to include previously un-broadcast material, including more from the actor about the rehabilitation he underwent in his early 20s.

“I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old,” said the then-38-year-old Hoffman. “You get panicked…and I got panicked for my life,” says Hoffman.

“I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich,” Hoffman says. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’d be dead.’ You know what I mean? I’d be 19, beautiful, famous and rich. That would be it.”

Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York apartment, where authorities found packets of heroin and a syringe in his arm.

’60 Minutes’ #2 For the Week With 14M Viewers

steve kroft jay lenoEven with no NFL lead-in, “60 Minutes” was the second most-watched show — behind only The Grammys — last week. The broadcast, which featured Steve Kroft‘s exit interview with Jay Leno, drew 14.3 million viewers with an 8.8/14 in households and a 3.2/08 in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, “60 Minutes” was up in all the key demos: +23% in viewers, +16% in households and +23% among A25-54 viewers.

Kroft on Leno: ‘They’re Forcing Him Out While He’s a Solid No. 1′

Steve Kroft‘s interview with Jay Leno for “60 Minutes” last night comes 22 years after Kroft’s first interview with the NBC late night host, when Leno took over “The Tonight Show” from Johnny Carson. What’s changed in those 22 years?

“[H]is life has changed very little,” Kroft says. “He’s a creature of habit… he tells jokes, he writes jokes, he goes to his antique car garage, and he watches television with his wife, Mavis.”

“He’s done everything that NBC has asked him to, and they’ve tried to fire him twice,” says Kroft. “And now they’re forcing him out while he’s a solid No. 1.”

Meanwhile, on the “Today” show this morning, Matt Lauer talked with Leno and with Jimmy Fallon, who will be taking over “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17.

’60 Minutes’ #8 For the Week

60 minutes 12-22“60 Minutes” had 11.97 million viewers December 22, making it the eighth most-watched program in America for the week. The show also finished eighth in households last week, posting a 7.4/12.

The show featured Lesley Stahl‘s interview with national security advisor Susan Rice, Steve Kroft‘s report on the marijuana industry in Colorado and Morley Safer‘s story on a quarterback coach who trains teens hoping to make it in the NFL.

David Zurawik Has ‘Lost Faith’ in ’60 Minutes’ and CNN

obamaKroftBaltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik delivers blistering commentary on the state of the news media in his latest column. “After decades of writing about television and media, this is the year that I have lost faith in two TV news institutions in which I have long believed: ’60 Minutes’ and CNN,” he writes. “…I used to believe in and ferociously defend what I thought of as the high end of TV news. But I don’t have a fast answer anymore as to where TV viewers should turn for trustworthy information.”

Zurawik writes that his faith in “60 Minutes” began eroding after the 2008 election, noting that in multiple interviews with President Obama, Steve Kroft allowed the President to “control the conversation.”

The newsmagazine that debuted in 1968 had long played this kind of softball game when it came to celebrity profiles, but not with a president who was regularly using the telecast as a political tool. To me, that’s as serious an abrogation of journalistic duty as there is — especially when you are one of the 10 most popular shows on TV with an audience that regularly tops 10 million viewers a night.

[...] The one-after-another sequence of mistakes in the past couple of months suggests something deeper is now at play — a senior management team that has lost its way and has stopped listening to anyone outside the bunker. Barring any more Benghazi-like debacles, the ratings will probably hold for “60 Minutes.” But not my faith in its journalism. That’s gone.

As for CNN, Zurawik directs his criticism at CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, who took the helm of the network this year: Read more

’60 Minutes’ is 6th for the Week

A close Chiefs-Texans game — a one-point win for Kansas City — helped make “60 Minutes” the sixth most-watched show of the week. “60″ drew 14.95 million viewers with a 9.4 rating / 15 share, good enough for the No. 5 spot in Households. Sunday’s show featured Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney, Scott Pelley’s story about conserving the humpback whale and Steve Kroft’s investigation into Congressional Political Action Committee spending.

Kroft went to Washington with the intent of interviewing three congressmen in particular. “We had been trying really hard to get them to sit down and give us an interview,” Kroft says in a “60 Minutes Overtime” video. “Nobody would give us an interview. So, we just decided to go down to Washington and try and pigeonhole or doorstop all three of ‘em.” WATCH:

’60 Minutes’ Has Most-Watched Show Since December

AsteroidsCBSThanks to a thrilling, high scoring, last second NFL game as its lead-in, “60 Minutes” had its best showing since last December. The Broncos/Cowboys game propelled “60 Minutes” to the No. 1 show Sunday night and the No. 3 primetime show of the week. The broadcast drew 18 million viewers and delivered its best rating in the key demos since Dec. 16, 2012.

Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s report on the federal disability insurance program, Lara Logan’s story on the battle that inspired the film, “Black Hawk Down,” and an Anderson Cooper segment on potentially dangerous near-Earth objects such as comets and asteroids.

Steve Kroft Celebrates 25 Years At ’60 Minutes’

Back in 1989, a young reporter named Steve Kroft joined a young producer named Jeff Fager on “60 Minutes,” where they were nervous about impressing the show’s EP Don Hewitt.

In a “60 minutes Overtime” piece, Kroft and Fager (now chairman of CBS News and EP of “60 Minutes”) recall the correspondent’s first year on the job, and his two and a half decade career at the iconic CBS newsmagazine.

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