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Gathering for the Funeral of Walter Cronkite

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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.

ABC News president David Westin arrived around 1:20pm and is sitting with Diane Sawyer.

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

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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..

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‘That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite’ to Air Sunday on CBS

CBS will preempt 60 Minutes this Sunday for a special on the life of Walter Cronkite, who died earlier this evening in New York.

Some of the biggest names in politics, news and entertainment – including Pres. Barack Obama, CBS News colleagues Mike Wallace, Morley Safer and Don Hewitt, Katie Couric, George Clooney, Robin Williams and Spike Lee will share their own memories of the industry’s elder statesman as part of the special.

Susan Zirinsky, who once produced for Cronkite, is the executive producer of “That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite.”

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CBS Statements on the Death of Walter Cronkite

Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports:

“It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite. More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments. No matter what the news event was, Walter was always the consummate professional with an un-paralleled sense of compassion, integrity, humanity, warmth, and occasionally even humor. There will never be another figure in American history who will hold the position Walter held in our minds, our hearts and on the television. We were blessed to have this man in our lives and words cannot describe how much he will be missed by those of us at CBS News and by all of America.”

Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor, CBS Evening News, correspondent, 60 Minutes:

“When I think of Walter Cronkite, I think of his high journalism standards, integrity – but most of all his humanity. I think he was so trusted because he exhibited a sense of purpose and compassion, night after night. He was the personification of excellence.”

Don Hewitt, executive producer, CBS News, creator of 60 Minutes and Cronkite’s first executive producer on the CBS Evening News:

“How many news organizations get the chance to bask in the sunshine of a half-century of Edward R. Murrow followed by a half century of Walter Cronkite?”

Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes commentator:

“I’ve been proud over the years to see Walter become, not just one of the best known people on television but one of the best known people in the whole world of people. He was proud of me, too and there’s no better feeling in life than that. I wouldn’t trade Walter Cronkite liking me for just about anything I’ve ever had.”

Statements from Les Moonves, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Rick Kaplan, Susan Zirinksy, Charles Osgood, and more…

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Zirinsky Tweets…Hartman Doesn’t…msnbc.com Streams…

CBS News Goes Reporter-Less For Upcoming Series

Livetotell_2.11.pngTomorrow night CBS News debuts “Live to Tell,” a first-hand account from individuals who cheated death and lived to tell their stories…to CBS.

The show, which will continue for three consecutive Saturdays, comes from the 48 Hours production team headed by EP Susan Zirinsky. “Told in their own words, the series is different from what ’48 Hours’ viewers may be used to, but remains loyal to the style of experiential journalism that our broadcast has become known for,” says Zirinsky.

After the jump, details of each broadcast…

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Katie Couric to Host Grammy Special

Couric_1.24.jpgCBS News has announced that Katie Couric will host a entertainment special featuring several Grammy award nominees.

The special is being produced by the news division with 48 Hours Mystery EP Susan Zirinsky in charge. “Couric has an innate ability for getting people to reveal themselves in a uniquely intimate way,” says Zirinsky. “This broadcast highlights her talent and showcases a new side of these celebrated artists like Justin Timberlake.”

“Katie Couric’s ‘All Access’ Grammy Special” airs Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 10pmET/PT. In addition to Timberlake, guests include Lil’ Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

The Couric special leads up to CBS’ broadcast of the Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, immediately following “60 Minutes” which will feature Couric’s interview with flight 1549 hero pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and his crew.

Earlier on TVNewser: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric Goes Prime Time

With Layoffs Abound, CBS Finds Time to Celebrate

cbs.jpgTVNewser attended one of the few holiday parties still on the calendar. Producers, anchors and executives from CBS News and CBS Radio, and those of us who cover them, packed the 35th floor of CBS’s Black Rock headquarters last night.

We talked with The Early Show’s Julie Chen as she arrived, before telling us, “Okay, I’ve gotta go say hi to my husband.” Her husband, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves was a few feet away chatting with CBS PR honcho Gil Schwartz.

The rest of The Early Show team was in attendance too — Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Dave Price and Saturday anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge. Hill told us she is excited about her new CBS gig, while still contributing to CNN’s AC360. Wragge’s WCBS anchors were also there — Kristine Johnson, formerly an MSNBC anchor and weather guy Lonnie Quinn.

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arrived after the Evening News. “How are things in TVNewser-land?” she asked us. “Great,” we said. We congratulated her on her ratings last week. “Oh, I don’t pay attention to those things,” she said motioning to CBS News president Sean McManus and Moonves who were a few feet away. Couric said, “As long as they’re telling us we’re doing okay.”

We chatted up CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace, whose husband Matt Saal works across the street, almost literally, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

Charles Osgood, Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, and Troy Roberts, worked the crowd. And 48 Hours EP Susan Zirinsky told us, despite the media gloom and doom, she’s actually hiring for upcoming prime time projects.

And along with the holiday cheer, there was a lot of layoff talk, including someone who covers the industry…

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The Ticker (Sunday Edition): News, Faith, Cars…

> CBS News executive producer Susan Zirinsky and Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer will participate in the “Reel Journalism” event at the Newseum tomorrow. The first-in-a-series of events will showcase the 1987 film “Broadcast News.” Zirinsky was the inspiration for the character portrayed by actress Holly Hunter.

> Nightline co-anchor Cynthia McFadden goes inside the Bush White House for interviews with the President, the First Lady and their daughter Barbara. McFadden sits down with the President to talk about his faith, and its impact on his Presidency. The interview airs tomorrow and Tuesday on “Nightline.”

> CNBC is updating its documentary on General Motors that first aired in August, with the news of last week’s testimony on Capitol Hill from the not-so-big 3 automakers. “Saving General Motors: Inside the Crisis” airs tomorrow night at 10pmET.

48 Hours Mystery Premieres with Hornbeck Interview

hornbeck_9-27.jpgCBS News 48 Hours Mystery begins its new season tonight at 10pm with an exclusive interview of Shawn Hornbeck, the boy who was kidnapped and feared dead for more than four years.

In Hornbeck’s first television interview in which he speaks publicly about his time missing, he talks to correspondent Troy Roberts in “Kidnapped: Shawn Hornbeck’s Incredible Story.”

• TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio talks to 48 Hours Mystery EP Susan Zirinsky about fans in prison, the accompanying book series and more.

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The Ticker (p.m. edition): Adoption, Bohrman, E-Cards…

> TVNewser contributor Diane Clehane writes about her experience, and the experience of others, regarding Chinese adoption on Vanityfair.com. She quotes 48 Hours EP Susan Zirinsky, who adopted a baby from China in 1996: “Instead of not having the child, they bravely have the child and give it up for adoption.”

> CNN D.C. bureau chief David Bohrman is profiled in the Stamford Advocate (CT), and sums up his job for Neil Vigdor: “I’m the one who tells Wolf [Blitzer], ‘Hey, out of the break we’re going to call (Indiana).’ I’m sort of the final decider in the chain.”

> If you really like MSNBC’s Chuck Todd or Rachel Maddow, maybe you’d be interested in sending an e-card. There are a lot of option, including one card containing the phrase, “intellectually bitchslap Buchanan.”
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