Arenas comes to CBS from Houston, where he has been the weekend anchor at CBS affiliate KHOU since 2003. He will begin at CBS on March 17.
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.”
Veteran CBS News director Eric Shapiro will direct his last “Evening News” broadcast tonight — 51 years to the day after he first joined the network as a mail room employee.
CBS News staffers gathered for a champagne toast honoring Shapiro after “Evening News” Thursday night. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley were on hand to praise the veteran director, who has worked with every anchor since Walter Cronkite and has directed all of the network’s political coverage since 1992.
“I can’t possibly have had a more exciting and gratifying career. I have been to some amazing places and have met many fascinating people along the way. I have witnessed first-hand television news’s coming of age (along with my own!),” Shapiro wrote in a goodbye note to CBS staffers. “But the most satisfying part for me has been the honor and privilege of working with all of you…the most talented and professional journalists, broadcasters and craftspeople in our industry.”
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CNBC’s David Faber continues on the media beat today. In addition to his interview with his boss’s boss’s boss’s boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, about the company’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Faber just wrapped up an interview with CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.
“I think everybody was pretty surprised by what happened,” says Moonves about the Comcast-TWC deal.”Everybody thought they were in Sochi, and here they were making a huge deal.”
“We’re still looking at the ramifications but we have a wonderful relationship with all the terrific people at Comcast and if this goes through, we look forward to working with them.”
Moonves came out on the winning end of a fight with Time Warner Cable last year. He was booked on CNBC to talk about CBS’s Q4 earnings report. CBS had revenue of $3.9 billion, up +6%.
“I think Comcast appreciates the value of our content and will pay appropriately for it,” Moonves says.
50 years ago tonight, 73 million people tuned in to CBS to watch the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Less well-known about the Beatles’ first trip to the U.S. that winter, is where they went after New York City. As Bob Schieffer explained this morning on “Face the Nation:” “After the Ed Sullivan show they boarded a train for Washington, DC to play their very first concert on u.s. soil.”
A CBS News corespondent in Washington even got to ask the fab four a few questions, including their knowledge of an America’s favorite newsman of the time. “One final question, have you ever heard of Walter Cronkite?” asked the reporter. “No,” said one. “Yeah,” said another. Then John Lennon chimed in, “Good old Walter. NBC News, isn’t it?… we know.”
“Thank you very much,” said the reporter, before correcting the lads from Liverpool. “CBS News.” Paul McCartney shrugged his shoulders and it was on to the next interview. Schieffer added, “Walter Cronkite knew who they were. And he love them.”
Tomorrow night “60 Minutes” will rebroadcast a 2006 interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman in which the actor discusses his problems with addiction. The Steve Kroft interview has been re-edited to include previously un-broadcast material, including more from the actor about the rehabilitation he underwent in his early 20s.
“I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old,” said the then-38-year-old Hoffman. “You get panicked…and I got panicked for my life,” says Hoffman.
“I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich,” Hoffman says. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’d be dead.’ You know what I mean? I’d be 19, beautiful, famous and rich. That would be it.”
Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York apartment, where authorities found packets of heroin and a syringe in his arm.
More than 300 people attended a premiere of a new “48 hours” feature-length documentary, “The Whole Gritty City,” at the Leonard Nimoy Theater in NYC on Thursday night. The film, which is by “48 Hours” editor-producer Richard Barber and photojournalist Andre Lambertson, follows three New Orleans marching bands as they prepare to march in Mardi Gras parades.
Several “48 Hours” staffers attended the event, including correspondent Susan Spencer and senior producers Peter Schweitzer, Anthony Batson and Judy Tygard. In a speech at the premiere, senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky said the film, which will air on CBS at 9pmET on February 15, was both heartbreaking and inspirational.
“Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for just getting us here,” Wilbert Rawlins Jr., the band director at Landry Walker High School, said to Barber and Lambertson in his remarks. “For a lot of children, the band is their lifeline.”
CBS News “Sunday Morning” turns 35 today.
The venerable CBS News program, which continues to see its best ratings in decades, went on the air on this day in 1979. Charles Kuralt hosted the show for its first 15 years and Charles Osgood has been at the helm for the last 20.
“Good morning. Here begins something new,” said Kuralt on that first Sunday morning.
“We dreamed up a program about music and art and nature,” said Kuralt. “Because of its necessary preoccupation with politics and wars and calamities, television journalism doesn’t get around to those gentler subjects very often.”
Even with no NFL lead-in, “60 Minutes” was the second most-watched show — behind only The Grammys — last week. The broadcast, which featured Steve Kroft‘s exit interview with Jay Leno, drew 14.3 million viewers with an 8.8/14 in households and a 3.2/08 in the A25-54 demographic.
Compared to the same week last year, “60 Minutes” was up in all the key demos: +23% in viewers, +16% in households and +23% among A25-54 viewers.
Steve Kroft‘s interview with Jay Leno for “60 Minutes” last night comes 22 years after Kroft’s first interview with the NBC late night host, when Leno took over “The Tonight Show” from Johnny Carson. What’s changed in those 22 years?
“[H]is life has changed very little,” Kroft says. “He’s a creature of habit… he tells jokes, he writes jokes, he goes to his antique car garage, and he watches television with his wife, Mavis.”
“He’s done everything that NBC has asked him to, and they’ve tried to fire him twice,” says Kroft. “And now they’re forcing him out while he’s a solid No. 1.”
CBS News is shutting down its CBS News Productions unit. The division, which has a staff of more than a dozen producers, writers and researchers, produces hour-long nonfiction shows for networks including A&E, The Discovery Channel, and MTV.
CBS News expects to absorb most of the staffers, but we’re told about 5 people could be out of a job when the dust settles. Several projects are still in production.
“The resources of CBS News Productions will be redirected toward reporting and news programming,” a CBS News spokesperson tells TVNewser.
CBS News Productions, which has been around since at least the mid-1990s, is housed in the same building as “60 Minutes,” across 57th St. from most of the CBS News operation. CBS News Productions was behind several “Biography” episodes for A&E, and produced “Survivor” reunion shows.