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Steve Capus Named Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CapusSteve11Former NBC News president Steve Capus is joining CBS News as the executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and executive editor of the news division. He will begin in his new role in July.

Capus was president of NBC News for eight years, from 2005 to 2013. Before that he was executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and later Brian Williams from May 2001 to June 2005.  At CBS, he replaces Patrica Shevlin who is joining “60 Minutes.”

“The Evening News is an excellent broadcast, and we believe under Steve’s leadership it will get even better,” Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman said in a statement. “He is a real pro with an extraordinary record, and we are fortunate to have him joining us at CBS News.”

Capus will be the third “Evening News” EP in three years. Shevlin oversaw the show when Pelley joined as anchor in 2011. Before that, Rick Kaplan was EP of the show for four years, when it was the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” A few years earlier, Kaplan worked for Capus at NBC News when Kaplan was president of MSNBC. And in a further show of how small the TV news world really is, Kaplan replaced Rome Hartman as EP of “Evening News.” Hartman was later hired by Capus at NBC News to launch “Rock Center.”

Capus will now be competing head-to-head against his friend and former NBC colleague Brian Williams. Capus also produced Williams’ MSNBC show in the late 1990s before moving up the ranks at NBC News.

As Executive Editor Capus joins the CBS News management team “as a resource for colleagues around the Broadcast Center and a strategist on coverage of ongoing stories,” says David Rhodes, CBS News president.

The release and Rhodes’ note are after the jump. Read more

NBC Dedicates Brokaw News Center in Honor of Longtime NBC News Man

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His name is synonymous with NBC News. Now, Tom Brokaw‘s name is etched in granite at NBC’s new West Coast operations. NBC dedicated the Brokaw News Center today as the new home of the 150,000-square-foot, 2-building complex on the Universal lot. It’s the home of NBC News in Los Angeles, NBC station KNBC, Telemundo station KVEA, MSNBC and CNBC.

“This is a singular honor and I am so grateful to Steve Burke and the Comcast team for making it possible,” said Brokaw. “I still remember the day I drove into the NBC News Burbank parking lot and thought, ‘My life is about to change.’ I had just turned 26 and now, almost a half century later, indeed it has changed in ways I could not have imagined.” Brokaw was an anchor and reporter for KNBC from 1966-1973 before joining NBC News and later anchoring “Today” and, for 22 years, “NBC Nightly News.”

“I’m an NBC News lifer and very proud of it,” Brokaw says. “None of this would have been possible without the support of the producers, cameramen, technicians and office staff who were always there for me. They’re like family and this honor belongs to them as well. So I accept this recognition with gratitude, humility and pride.”

NBC moved from its longtime home in Burbank to the Universal lot over the last several months. Brokaw joins NBCUniversal icons Abbott and Costello, Alfred Hitchcock, Carl Laemmle, and Steven Spielberg in having various buildings and streets on the Universal Studios lot named after them.

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Longtime ‘Today’ Show Anchor Jane Pauley Joins CBS News

PauleySchiefferJane Pauley, who has spent her professional life at NBC News, is joining CBS News as a contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning.”

The news was revealed last night in Texas at the annual Schieffer Symposium, hosted by CBS Newsman Bob Schieffer where Pauley was a guest discussing her new best-selling book Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.

“Jane is taking her own advice,” said Schieffer to the crowd. “She’s reinventing herself and is coming to work at CBS News.

After much applause, Pauley said, “I can’t tell you—my heart is doing strange things. Is there a doctor in the house? Actually there are all kinds of doctors in the house and on stage, but thank you. My pulse is absolutely racing at that news—CBS.”

“We’re really, we’re really really happy to have you,” said Schieffer. “And I can’t think of a better place for you to tell a story. Because you’re a great storyteller – and Sunday Morning is one of my favorite, favorite broadcasts.”

Pauley was the co-anchor of the”Today” show for 13 yeas starting in 1976, first with Tom Brokaw and later with Bryant Gumbel. She then anchored “Dateline NBC” from 1992 to 2003 and has been an on-and-off contributor to “Today.”

TVNewser caught up with Pauley in January as she and Brokaw spoke to a crowd at the 92Y about her book.  Of her early days at “Today,” she told us, “I’ve always been future-oriented, but in terms of my career, I felt like I was living minute-to-minute.”

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NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

Awards Season: Peabodys, Headliners, Christophers

PeabodyIn addition to the Peabody Awards announced today on “CBS This Morning,” the Christopher Awards, which honor media “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit,” were announced. And earlier this week the National Headliner Awards “recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry,” were announced by the Press Club of Atlantic City. Here are some highlights of all three:

  • Peabody Awards: CBS for Charlie Rose‘s interview with Bashar Assad; CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown;” Al Jazeera America for “Faultlines;” PBS won multiple Peabodys and a personal award is going to Tom Brokaw: “the anchor emeritus has only enhanced his reputation since he left the desk in 2004,” Peabody judges found.

  • National Headliner Awards: CNN and Al Jazeera America will take home several awards in the broadcast category. CNN wins first place awards for coverage of a major news event for Jake Tapper‘s coverage of the Boston bombing, for continuing coverage of a major news event for coverage of Egypt Unrest, and for news magazine program for Gloria Borger‘s “Marriage Warriors: Showdown at the Supreme Court.” AJAM wins multiple first place awards for investigative, business/consumer, environmental and health/science reporting.

Tom Brokaw: ‘Very Pleased’ With the Progress of Cancer Treatment

NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw discussed his multiple myeloma bone marrow cancer with David Letterman last night, saying he would like to keep the matter as private as possible.

“I’m very pleased with the progress, and that’s about as far as I want to go,” Brokaw said, adding it’s not just him going through this ordeal.

“A lot of people are going through what I’m going through, and they don’t have the advantages that I do…I am so conscious of that everyday.”

For Brokaw, continuing to work at NBC has been therapy for him.

The Ticker: Brokaw, ‘GMA’, Kasell

  • NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Jefferson Awards tomorrow. The awards honor the greatest contributions in public service.

  • Monday’s “Good Morning America” drew 7.127 million total viewers and 2.875 million A25-54 demo viewers. This was “GMA’s” best post-Oscars Monday show since the show started airing on Sunday night in 1999.

  • Veteran NPR newscaster and current host of the comedy quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Carl Kasell is retiring from the network this spring.  Kasell served as newscaster for “Morning Edition” on NPR for 30 years.

Tom Brokaw to Interview Angelina Jolie, Louis Zamperini about ‘Unbroken’

JolieZamperiniNBC’s Tom Brokaw bridges the Greatest Generation and Generation X as he interviews actor/director Angelina Jolie and 97-year-old Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian, WWII prisoner of war and subject of “Unbroken,” Laura Hillenbrand‘s best-selling book. Jolie is directing the film version of “Unbroken,” which will be released Christmas Day.

With Brokaw, Jolie opens up about her determination to direct this film, made during a challenging time in her own life. Brokaw’s interview, which airs tomorrow on “Today,” follows a 3-minute film preview Brokaw narrated that aired during the Sochi games.

“Unbroken” was produced by NBCU’s Universal Pictures. In the past, Ann Curry has been Jolie’s go-to NBC reporter when discussing her humanitarian work.

Garrick Utley Has Died

GarrickUtleyLongtime NBC Newsman Garrick Utley has died following a long battle with cancer.

Utley, who was 74, joined NBC News as a researcher in Europe for the Huntley-Brinkley Report. He would later become a foreign correspondent reporting from around the world.

“Garrick was the first of our generation to crack the starting line-up of NBC News in the glory days of Huntley-Brinkley,” Tom Brokaw writes in a note to his NBC News colleague. “He was NBC’s first Saigon bureau chief and, later, ran our London and Paris bureaus before returning home to anchor a weekly magazine show and serve as fill-in anchor for John Chancellor on ‘Nightly.’”

For a time, Utley also moderated “Meet the Press” and the Sunday “Today” show.

“Garrick embodied the history of NBC News for most of the latter half of the 20th Century and he will be greatly missed,” Brokaw writes.

He is survived by his wife Gertje, a brother Jonathon and sister-in-law Carol Marin, a longtime anchor and reporter at NBC station WMAQ.

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Tom Brokaw Hosts ‘Space Race’ Special Today

olympics nbc_sochi1Following today’s dramatic shootout Team USA win over Russia in Olympic Hockey, NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw takes a look at another Cold War rivalry, the conquest of space.

In “Space Race,” airing at 3pmET today on NBC, Brokaw examines the most memorable moments of Cold War battles fought in space including Sputnik; Alexei Leonov’s first-ever spacewalk; the Apollo 11 moon landing; and the joint U.S.-Soviet “Apollo-Soyuz” mission in 1975 that, according to astronaut Tom Stafford, ended the race.

“Tom Brokaw is the perfect voice to guide us through this journey, telling a powerful story through interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, historians, and family members of those intimately involved in this epic contest,” says Olympics EP Jim Bell.

Brokaw, who turned 74 last week, worked on this special, and others, as he battles multiple myeloma.

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