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CBS News is the news division of television network CBS, a division of CBS Corp. Jeff Fager is the chairman of the division and is also the executive producer of “60 Minutes.” David Rhodes is the president of CBS News. Other programs include “CBS This Morning,” the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” CBS News “Sunday Morning,” “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” and “48 Hours.”

Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in ‘Rathergate’ Film

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Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in a film about the 2005 “60 Minutes II” story about Pres. George W. Bush‘s military record, which became known as “Memogate” and “Rathergate,” and would cost several CBS Newsers their jobs, and cost Rather millions of dollars.

“Truth” is based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power by former CBS News producer Mary Mapes, who worked on the story and was later fired by CBS after an independent review found serious flaws with it. Cate Blanchett will play Mapes.

Rather left CBS News in 2006, and would later file a lawsuit against CBS Corp. In 2009, Rather told TVNewser he spent $2 million of his own money fighting the suit which was later dismissed. “60 Minutes II,” also known as “60 Minutes Wednesday” was canceled, another causality of the debacle.

CBS News has no comment on the casting of the film.

Redford has played journalists in the past. In the 1996 film “Up Close and Personal” he starred as Warren Justice, a local news director in Miami who molds “Tally” Atwater, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, into a network news star. Earlier in his career, Redford played Bob Woodward in the film adaptation of All the President’s Men.

The film adaptation of Mapes’ book is years in the making. In 2008, TVNewser wrote about who might play Rather in the movie. At the time, Anthony Hopkins was a top choice.

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After Joan Rivers Walks Out On CNN, David Letterman Walks Out on Joan Rivers

On David Letterman‘s show, airing tonight on CBS, Joan Rivers was in the middle of explaining why she walked out on her interview with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield over the weekend, when Letterman walked out on her. Rivers said Whitfield was being “nasty and opinionated” in her line of questioning. Dave was all ears, until he wasn’t…

‘CBS This Morning’ EP: Facebook Perfect Complement to Our BuzzFeed Partnership

CBSThisMorning304X200Lost Remote reports on the event partnership launching tonight between “BuzzFeed Brews,” Facebook, and “CBS This Morning.”

“CTM” continues as “BuzzFeed Brews’” broadcast production partner, having previously produced interviews with Jerry Seinfeld and Richard Plepler. Tonight’s interview features Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian and BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel, taking place at a local New York City Bar and streaming live on Facebook for the first time via BuzzFeed’s page.

“We’ve had a great experience working with Facebook team on a number of projects including our Grammys coverage, and they seemed like the perfect complement to our growing partnership with BuzzFeed,” “CTM” EP and CBS VP of programming Chris Licht tells TVNewser. “We’re always looking to reach new audiences, and this partnership is an exciting extension of the “CBS This Morning” brand.”

“It’s great to see BuzzFeed values what a powerful platform Facebook is for distribution and engagement,” Andy Mitchell, Facebook’s Director for News and Global Media Partnerships tells TVNewser.

The interview will stream live on Facebook at 6:30pmET.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Has Best Q2 Since 1987

Osgood“CBS Sunday Morning” averaged 5.68 million viewers during the second quarter of 2014, its best Q2 delivery since the advent of people meters in 1987. As usual, the program won the quarter in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the year-ago quarter, “CBS Sunday Morning” was up +3% in viewers. The show averaged a 1.4 rating / 08 share in the A25-54 demographic, up from its year-ago Q2 performance. The show is also up in both ratings measurements television year-to-date.

TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

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Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened into a category one Hurricane churning up the east coast set to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks hardest. TV news crews have already dispersed crews to cover the extreme weather this 4th of July.

The Weather Channel will have a number of meteorologists and correspondents reporting live from North Carolina. Sam Champion, Stephanie Abrams, and Mike Seidel will report from Kill Devil Hills; Reynolds Wolf and Raegan Medgie will do live shots from Wrightsville Beach; Dave Malkoff and Ron Blome will report from various Outer Banks locations, and Jim Cantore will report from Salvo, NC.

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman will report from Wrightsville Beach, NC. Correspondent David Kerley and NewsOne Correspondent Marci Gonzalez will report from Nags Head, a town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee will cover the storm from New York City. Tonight, “World News” will lead with Arthur coverage; David Muir substitutes for Diane Sawyer.

NBC News has correspondent Kerry Sanders reporting from Kill Devil Hills, NC. CBS Newspath correspondent Craig Boswell is reporting from Nags Head, NC.

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Vladimir Duthiers Leaves CNN for CBS News

VD_1CBS News has hired CNN international correspondent Vladimir Duthiers as a correspondent for the network, CBS News President David Rhodes announced today.

Duthiers will move from Nigeria, where he was for CNN, to New York, where he will work out of the CBS broadcast center.

Most recently, Duthiers has been covering the story of the 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. TVNewser spoke with Duthiers about it in May: “You’re reminded of your enormous responsibility as a reporter to make sure people know what these families are going through, even if you don’t have the images and videos,” Duthiers told us.

Duthiers began as a CNN production assistant in 2009. Before that, he spent 18 years in global finance.

Families of Elliot Rodger’s Victims Upset By Media Attention Given to Killer

UCSBParentsThe parents of David Wang and George Chen, two of the first victims of Elliot Rodger during his killing spree last month, tell CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy no one from Rodger’s family has reached out to them.

“We want to hear some personal condolence and apologize, and this is the minimum they should do,” says George Chen’s father Johnny Chen. Tracy reached out to Elliot Rodger’s father Peter Rodger last night, who has now sent a letter of condolence. That’s too late for the families, who say the killer and his family have been given too much media attention, including Barbara Walters‘ sit-down with Peter Rodger scheduled to air as a “20/20″ special tomorrow night.

Tracy says the couples hadn’t planned on speaking to the media, but felt a responsibility in hopes of preventing future similar tragedies. WATCH: Read more

Les Moonves on Aereo: ‘It’s a Very Good Day for our Future’

ReganMoonvesBloomberg’s Trish Regan talked with CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves about the Supreme Court decision on Aereo. “We are very pleased,” says Moonves. “Justice was served. We expected to win, but it certainly feels good to win as decisively as we did.”

CBS was among the plaintiffs in the case along with other networks and local stations. “What Aereo was doing was not about technology, it was about theft,” Moonves said. He says the decision also protects broadcasters from “future Aereos.” WATCH:

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Margaret Brennan Produces, Shoots and Reports Iraq Live Shot

CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan was a one-woman band for her “CBS This Morning” hit today: appearing live from inside the U.S. Embassy via the Dejero app on her iPad, Brennan served as a reporter, producer and camerawoman for her live shot. Brennan was traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Iraq to push for a political solution to the growing violence in the region. Watch:

Kerry’s visit to Iraq was covered on “Good Morning America” and “Today” as well: ABC had Jon Karl reporting from the White House and NBC had Richard Engel live in Baghdad.

Does a Former MSNBC EP Need Phil Griffin’s Permission to Enter 30 Rock?

Licht304Page Six reports former “Morning Joe” EP Chris Licht, who left MSNBC for CBS News three years ago, is apparently not automatically welcome within the walls of 30 Rock.

The security personnel at 30 Rockefeller Plaza have a special list of former NBC employees who are barred from the building, as Chris Licht learned last week. When he arrived at 30 Rock on June 10 for a meeting, the female security guard at the desk recognized Licht, but wouldn’t give him a visitor’s pass. “What’s the matter? What did I do?” Licht said, according to one of the many witnesses in the lobby. “He was visibly embarrassed. They kept him waiting there for about 10 minutes while they huddled in a backroom.” When the guards finally returned, they told Licht he was on a list of people who couldn’t enter the building without the permission of his old boss, MSNBC President Phil Griffin.

Licht, who spoke with us about the move to CBS in 2011 (watch after the jump), was recently back at 30 Rock accompanying his show’s co-hosts during their NBC late night appearance. He mentioned the exchange via on Twitter.

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