While ABC and NBC battled it out head-to-head in primetime Friday night covering both the royal wedding and southern storms during expanded “20/20″ and “Dateline” broadcasts, CBS News’s 8pm special “The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty” was the night’s #1 program in A18-49 viewers and tied CBS’ “Blue Bloods” as the night’s #1 program in A25-54 viewers. The show, hosted by outgoing CBS News anchor Katie Couric also won the hour in Total Viewers (8.79 million) and delivered the time period’s best A25-54 rating since January. The special was produced by Susan Zirinsky and her “48 Hours” team.
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Andy Rooney is 92 today. His birthday comes exactly one week after that of a fellow CBSer, who was surprised when Rooney and many other Tiffany network colleagues made cameos in a birthday video tribute to her.
“60 Minutes” correspondent Byron Pitts was on assignment last night with colleagues: “We all raised a glass for our friend,” wrote Pitts, adding, “Harold was one of the funniest men I’ve ever known. Always welcoming, always willing to share his wisdom with those of us coming along,” said Pitts.
Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News” Sunday edition, added, “Harold was my Angel. And correspondent Randall Pinkston, said Dow “was a trailblazer, a great journalist, a great friend and mentor. I shall miss him enormously.”
In a press release, Dow’s “48 Hours” boss Susan Zirinsky writes, “It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews, that truly defined the greatness of his work. He was the most selfless man I have known.”
Veteran CBS News correspondent Harold Dow died today at the age of 62.
A network news release describes Dow’s passing this morning as sudden.
A five-time Emmy winner and recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award and an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, Dow had reported for 48 Hours since its 1988 premiere. During his nearly four decades at CBS, he also reported for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and for CBS Sunday Morning, among other programs.
“CBS News is deeply saddened by this sudden loss,” CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus said in a statement. “The CBS News family has lost one of its oldest and most talented members, whose absence will be felt by many and whose on-air presence and reporting skills touched nearly all of our broadcasts. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Kathy and their children Joelle, Danica and David.”
“It is a tremendous loss for 48 Hours, CBS News and the world of journalism,” said 48 Hours Mystery Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky. “I deeply miss him already.”
Prior to joining CBS, Dow worked in local TV and radio. He held the distinction of being the first African American television reporter in the Omaha, Nebraska market when he was hired at KETV-TV in 1968.
• More: Sean McManus’ memo to staff, after the jump…
CBS News “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky joins Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief and author, Kate White in kicking off the new NY Press Club event series “Women in Media.” Tonight’s inaugural event, “The Leaders,” features a panel discussion with Zirinsky and White moderated by former NBC Newser Mary Alice Williams. The event is at the CUNY School of Journalism. Click here if you’re interested in attending.
• Earlier on Mediabeat / Video: Cosmo’s Kate White Says Women Need to Break the Rules
The CBS News program “48 Hours Mystery” was Saturday night’s #1 program in both households (4.5/09) and Total Viewers (6.74m). The show, led by Susan Zirinsky, also posted its best delivery in the A25-54 demo in nearly five months. Compared to the same night year, “Mystery” was up 25% in households and 44% in A25-54.
A 1959 TCU alum, Schieffer is actively involved with the School. After all, he tells TVNewser, “if it’s going to have my name on it, I want it to be the best.”
On Monday, the CBS newsman co-hosted a free campus screening of 1987′s Broadcast News with CBS’ 48 Hours EP Susan Zirinsky. Zirinsky was a technical adviser on the film and the inspiration for Holly Hunter‘s character.
Then today, Schieffer and wife Pat helped cut a ribbon at the official dedication ceremony for the School’s new multi-platform media convergence lab. “We’re really proud of it,” says Schieffer.
The lab is intended to help students prepare for a shifting media landscape. “It’s tough,” Schieffer says about the state of journalism. “And it is tough to get jobs…[But] you can’t have a democracy without accurate information…there will always be a need for accurate information…”
His trip to Texas complete, Schieffer is now trying to get home to Washington — but his flight today was canceled due to weather. Schieffer instead is hoping to fly to New York tonight on Zirinsky’s flight and then take Amtrak to DC tomorrow.
It’s a busy pace that Schieffer loves. “I keep saying I’m going to retire, and then something happens, and I never do. I’m not!” he says with a laugh. He says he has a long-term, “open-ended” contract, and “so I’m just going to keep doing Face the Nation as long as they want me to do it.”
(Photos: Chance Welch, TCU Daily Skiff)
“Only one, maybe two” staffers at “48 Hours Mystery” have contributed to the reported $100,000 defense fund for suspended “48″ producer Joe Halderman, says Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of the CBS newsmagazine.
In her first public comments since Halderman’s arrest Oct. 1 on charges of attempted grand larceny, Zirinsky said yesterday that the hard-charging producer had raised the bulk of the money “from family and friends, not from people in the shop.”
That was all Zirinsky said. Like everyone at CBS, she is on media lockdown about the case. No mystery there. “Late Show” host David Letterman, the target of Halderman’s alleged $2 million extortion try, is a cash cow for CBS.
Halderman’s attorney, Gerald Shargel, argued in court yesterday that his client is guilty of no crime and that charges should be dropped. Halderman was only trying to sell a screenplay to Letterman, Shargel said, not shake him down about his intra-network sexual liaisons.
Letterman’s attorney, Daniel J. Horwitz, labeled it “classic blackmail,” not a business transaction. Both sides said they would go to trial, if necessary. The judge is expected to rule in January.
Meanwhile, Halderman’s suspension went from paid to unpaid about two weeks ago, CBS sources confirm. Reason? He broke the morals clause in his contract, they say.
While current CBS employees aren’t talking, several alums are, including Marcy McGinnis, who worked with Halderman when she ran the London bureau from 1992 to ’97. She considers him a friend.
Deborah Norville: ‘I Don’t Think Anybody Tunes in to a Broadcast Because it’s a Chick Anchoring It or a Guy Anchoring It’
We headed out to Michael’s last night for a party for Deborah Norville‘s new book “The Power of Respect.” In the room, “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager, “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky, CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and correspondent Alina Cho and other tvnewers. Even Wonder Woman Linda Carter was on hand.
The “Inside Edition” anchor told the crowd, “Thanks to Kanye and Serena and Rep. Wilson we’re all learning how important respect is, and why so much of it is lacking today.”
Norville snuck away from the party to talk with us about the book, the current state of TV News and whether she’s talked to ABC about a certain anchor job opening up soon:
After the jump, our full interview with Norville including the staying power of “Inside Edition” and her aim in writing “The Power of Respect,” her sixth book.
Les Moonves, Katie Couric and Sean McManus at St. Bartholomew church for the funeral for Walter Cronkite.
We’re keeping our eye on CBSNews.com and the funeral service for Walter Cronkite which will begin at 2pmET. Already at St. Bartholomew in Midtown Manhattan we’ve spotted Bill Plante, Bob Schieffer, Aaron Brown, Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith; Steve Kroft chatting with Linda Mason, who was the first female producer on the Evening News and is now an SVP at CBS News. One pew in front of Mason is Katie Couric who is seated between CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus and CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.
Also, Connie Chung, actors Jerry Stiller and his wife Anne Meara. Brian Williams arrived on the church steps at 1:25 followed by Barbara Walters and Charlie Gibson arriving arm-in-arm at 1:27pm and Tom Brokaw and wife Meredith at 1:35pm. A few minutes later Andy Rooney arrived with his son, ABC News correspondent Brian Rooney. NBC News president Steve Capus, Dan Rather, Don Hewitt, former 60 Minutes correspondent-turned-NBC anchor Meredith Vieira also spotted.
Again, you can watch coverage of the service on CBSNews.com…
Brian Rooney and his father Andy Rooney arrive at St. Bartholomew Church
> 2:20pm: From Andy Rooney’s eulogy: “Walter was such a good friend. I can’t get over it… I just feel so terrible about Walter’s death I can hardly say anything. Please excuse me. Thank you.”
The cable news networks are dipping in to the funeral while NY1 in New York City is carrying the funeral live.
Click continued to see a list of some of the other tvnewsers in attendance, and more pictures from after service..