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More Changes Under New CBS News Regime

Five months into the tenure of CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and CBS News president David Rhodes, there are more staff changes on West 57th Street… and beyond.

TVNewser has learned correspondents Terry McCarthy (left) and Don Teague are no longer working with the network. McCarthy joined CBS from ABC two years ago. Based in the LA bureau, he was a foreign reporter for CBS. Teague joined CBS from NBC two years ago and was based out of Dallas.

Also, Bill Piersol has left CBS Evening News where he was a senior producer. Guy Campanile, who was the business producer for “Evening News,” has been named a senior producer. Piersol follows Chris Dinan out the door. Dinan left “Evening News” for ABC “World News” last month.

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Barbara Fedida Leaving CBS News

As part of the management changes at CBS News, TVNewser has learned the division’s VP of talent and development, Barbara Fedida is leaving the network.

Fedida was brought to CBS News from ABC News in 2006 by then-News president Sean McManus. Today is also McManus’ final day with the news division as he moves solely to CBS Sports where he will be chairman.

Fedida began her career at ABC News in 1989 as a production associate for “Peter Jennings Reporting.” She remained with ABC for 17 years where she held positions including talent recruitment and development director, director of Standards and Practices and as a producer for several ABC News programs including “Day One,” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”

At CBS Fedida recruited talent including correspondents Terry McCarthy and Nancy Cordes from ABC, Erica HillSeth Doane and Elaine Quijano from CNN, Rebecca Jarvis from CNBC, “Early Show” weatherperson Marysol Castro, also from ABC and Dr. Jennifer Ashton from Fox News.

U.S. Correspondents cover a day of confusion, a night of anger in Egypt

TVNewser spoke with two TV news correspondents late Thursday after a day of confusion and more chaos in Egypt. CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy called in from Tahrir Square where anti-Mubarak protesters who’ve been gathering for more than two weeks thought this was their day. “It was really extraordinary,” McCarthy told us over the noise of the raucous crowds in the square.

McCarthy told us of the “party atmosphere” when protesters learned Hosni Mubarak would be stepping down. Then the crowd “was silent for his speech.” Laughter broke out after the Egyptian President told the people he understood their demands. Toward the end of the speech — when people started to “chant the Egyptian word for leave” — the “mood changed and people started to get angry.” The CBS correspondent said at that point the “women and children left” and it was “clear that anger was building up.”

Fox Business Network correspondent Ashley Webster told us a similar story via email: “I was in the square as the protesters listened to Mubarak’s speech. The reaction was first one of shock and then anger.” FBN aired its first special live edition of “Follow the Money: Revolution in Egypt” Thursday night with host Eric Bolling. The special focused on the financial impacts of the crisis, with a special concentration on oil.

Maintaining Focus on America’s Longest War

afghanistan_6-21.jpgB&C’s Marisa Guthrie writes today about the challenge at the news networks in keeping the war in Afghanistan a top story. “For television news correspondents who have spent time in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq,” Guthrie writes, “the challenge continues to be in bringing the eight-plus-year war home in a way that is relatable to U.S. viewers, who are also still overwhelmed by aftershocks of the Great Recession.”

Diminishing resources and small staffs might also be partially to blame. Here’s an indicator of what a strange time we’re in: While CBS’ Paul Friedman, executive VP of CBS News, “praised” reporting by Terry McCarthy and Mandy Clark, he tells B&C one of the reasons CBS News has had less coverage has been…Lara Logan‘s maternity leave?

Still, Friedman notes Logan’s dogged dedication to covering Iraq and Afghanistan, and can’t deny that her intensity has been missed. “I would think that the biggest factor in how much less we’ve had on the air really has to do with Lara Logan’s pregnancy than it does with anything else,” he says.

(Logan gave birth to a baby girl — her second child — in March; part of The Great CBS Baby Boom of 2010).

Meanwhile ABC’s Martha Raddatz and NBC’s Richard Engel also weighed in, pointing out that there are still many stories to cover even if they are more difficult to get on the air.

Related: Engel recently spoke to TVNewser about his trip to Somalia and reporting on a war where “the war-fronts are not in anyone place anymore.”

Afghanistan Increases with Anniversary

roadahead_10-5.jpgOctober 7th marks the eighth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, and the broadcast nets have ramped up their coverage in conjunction with that.

Tonight, CBS’s “Evening News” will begin its special coverage titled “The Road Ahead” that will occupy half of each broadcast until the 7th. David Martin, Terry McCarthy, and Lara Logan will all have special reports. Katie Couric will also interview John Kerry and John McCain remotely for as they provide side by side responses to the same questions.

Cuomo_Afghanistan_10-5.jpgChris Cuomo reported live from the ground in Jalalabad this morning for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He’ll also be reporting for “World News” this evening. MSNBC is airing a one-hour, Richard Engel-hosted documentary based on the emmy-winning NBC “Nightly News” series “Tip of the Spear” Sunday.

B&C’s Marisa Guthrie reports on the increased network focus on the war, as well as the cost of the reports, financially and ratings-wise. CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus told her, “This isn’t something we’re doing for ratings…Stories on wars normally don’t get good ratings.” Anderson Cooper recently spent a week in Afghanistan reporting for “AC360″ and he reiterated that sentiment to Guthrie: “I know for a fact that not a lot of Americans, no matter what they say, are interested or are willing to spend a lot of time watching. I think polls reflect that, ratings reflect that.”

CBS News Plans Special on War in Afghanistan

As the U.S. approaches the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, CBS News is broadcasting three days of special reports. “AFGHANISTAN: The Road Ahead” is an in-depth examination of the war in Afghanistan. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will be reformatted, with more than half of the broadcasts on Oct. 5, 6 and 7 dedicated to the subject.

Says CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus, “CBS News will devote multiple resources to providing our audience with a clearer understanding of the challenges we face in Afghanistan and the consequences of the options that confront America.”

Couric will lead the expanded coverage with reporting and analysis from Afghanistan by CBS’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, National Security Correspondent David Martin and Foreign Correspondent Terry McCarthy.

Related reporting also will be featured on “The Early Show,” CBS Radio News and

Terry McCarthy Jumps from ABC to CBS

McCarthy_6.27.jpgTVNewser has learned ABC News correspondent Terry McCarthy is leaving the network for a job at CBS News. In an email to colleagues, obtained by TVNewser, McCarthy writes, “Has been a lot of fun working with you all over the past three years, even as our industry is changing so quickly all around us. Who knows where we will all be in the next three years!”

McCarthy was ABC’s principal Iraq correspondent. He has reported extensively overseas, from China, India and other parts of the Middle East. Before ABC, McCarthy worked for Time magazine in Los Angeles. It was former ABCer, now CBS’s VP for talent and development Barbara Fedida who helped McCarthy transition from print to TV three years ago.

He’ll be based at the CBS News bureau in Los Angeles but continue to
cover international news.

> Update, Monday AM: The CBS press release is after the jump…

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McCarthy on the “Menu”: “We Are Now Able To Do Our Jobs Properly in Iraq”

mccarthy_3-16.jpgToday on the Morning Media Menu we were joined by ABC News foreign correspondent Terry McCarthy, who is reporting this week for the week-long series, “Iraq: Where Things Stand.”

And as McCarthy told us, according to the recent poll conducted by ABC, major positive changes are occurring in the country. “We are now able to do our jobs properly in Iraq, which we haven’t really been able to do for the last several years,” he said.

McCarthy talked about how the coverage has changed from when the news coming out of Iraq went from bad to good. “I think the media rebelled against that and were perhaps overly critical of anything that the administration was saying,” he says of the beginning of the coverage of the war. “That really changed when General Petraeus came in in 2007. He sort of turned the whole thing around. He was a lot more straightforward with the press, and I think the media responded to that.”

Also discussed: George Stephanopoulos‘ first Twitterview, the way the Web has changed foreign reporting and where in the world McCarthy is headed next.

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ABC’s Terry McCarthy Talks Foreign Reporting on the “Menu”

mccarthy_3-15.jpgABC News launches “Iraq: Where Things Stand,” this week, the eighth installment of the series. One of the key correspondents covering the region is Terry McCarthy, who joins us tomorrow on the Morning Media Menu podcast.

McCarthy has been reporting from the region since 2003, and will report this week for all ABC broadcasts and platforms. He traveled throughout Iraq interviewing its citizens about their experiences in the six years since the invasion.

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ABC News Takes Another Look at “Where Things Stand” in Iraq

ABC News launches the eighth installment of the “Iraq: Where Things Stand” series on Sunday. The series looks at what life is like for the Iraqi people through interviews, reporting and a public opinion poll.

According to the release, the poll shows “dramatic advances in public attitudes, with declining violence and improved living conditions fueling Iraqis’ confidence.”

In-country reporting from correspondents Terry McCarthy and Martha Raddatz will be broadcast across all ABC News platforms.


Interview with a male respondent in Wassit (D3/KARL)

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