Michael Morell joins CBS News as an intelligence, national security and counterterrorism contributor. Morell held various senior leadership positions during his decades-long career at the CIA and was one of the key players in the search for Osama bin Laden.
Pivot and Univision acquired the U.S. TV rights to “Cesar’s Last Fast” in advance of its debut yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary will premiere simultaneously in English and Spanish on the two networks. The deal marks the first of ten documentaries to be co-produced or acquired by Pivot and Univision News.
Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos sat down with Bill Gates in New York City today ahead of the release of the Gates Foundation’s annual letter. The interview airs tomorrow on both networks. Naturally, there’s a selfie:
The NYTimes reports Michael Bloomberg is back at his old company and taking a hands-on role: “He sits with the TV operation and media group on the fifth floor of the Bloomberg tower, in the same cluster of desks as Justin Smith, the new chief executive of Bloomberg Media.”
Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson defends his bestseller to NBC’s Tom Brokaw and says the stories in his book happened, but not in the sequence or the timing that he wrote. The interview airs Tuesday on “Today.”
From whales to dinosaurs. CNN Films has acquired Dinosaur 13, a documentary that follows paleontologist Peter Larson and “Sue,” a 65 million year-old fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Dinosaur 13 will be shown in theaters this year and on CNN later.
CNN International meteorologist Ivan Cabrera is leaving the network, a spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. Cabrera joined CNNI as a freelancer in 2009 and was hired full-time in 2010.
Bloomberg TV will premiere a new documentary hosted by Trish Regan Tuesday at 9pmET. “The Player: Secrets of a Vegas Whale” is an inside look at the secret life of gambler Don Johnson, who walked away from Atlantic City with $15 million in 2011, and how current casino executives protect against another player doing the same.
Soledad O’Brien will present a weeklong series of reports on education on Al Jazeera America’s “America Tonight” beginning Monday, January 20.
The Saturday edition of “CBS This Morning” had a good show last week, posting its best total viewer audience since February 2010 and its best A25-54 audience since February 2013. The show had 2.4 million viewers and .07/04 in the demo.
Larry King is the new dean of The Friar’s Club. He will be at the helm of the century-old club famous for celebrity roasts for the next two years.
NBC is teaming up with Facebook and Instagram for the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Our sister site Lost Remote reports Facebook will work with NBC to produce on-air social media segments across all the Olympic broadcast platforms.
Chip Colley has been promoted to director of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” Colley, a 21-year CBS News veteran, has previously been the director of CBS News’s Saturday morning newscasts and weekend editions of “CBS Evening News.”
ABC News and Storyful are teaming up. The Dublin-based social newswire uses social media to uncover and verify video from a global team of journalists. ABC News and Fusion will now include Storyful content in their broadcasts and online.
Time Warner is near a deal to sell its Time Warner Center in New York City. The building is home to CNN’s New York operations. The company will remain in the building for another five years before moving to a new building planned for the Hudson Yards neighborhood.
Msnbc.com has launched “Women of 2014,” a destination for coverage of women candidates and women’s issues. The series features reporting on candidates from all political parties as well as the rising stars behind the scenes.
ABC has canceled the ABC News-produced primetime drama, “The Assets”. The mini-series was to have run for 8 episodes, but was canceled Saturday after two lackluster airings. Friday’s episode drew 2.9 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in the A18-49 demo.
Gretchen Carlson will be the emcee of the annual “Time for Lyme” in Greenwich, CT in April. Carlson, host of “Real Story” on Fox News, battled Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by black-legged ticks, for several weeks last year.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy will be honored next week as Kansan of the year. Born in Iowa, but raised in Abeline and other parts of Kansas, Doocy got his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel talked to CNBC’s Becky Quick in his first interview since the company’s data breach was announced. “We are not going to sleep until we get it right and we regain the trust of our guest,” he said on CNBC. “And we’re gonna be better as a result of this.”
Van Scott is joining ABC News as the publicity director for “World News with Diane Sawyer.” Scott previously worked at CNN, where he was the communications manager responsible for “New Day” and “Early Start.”
Kyra Phillips is returning to CNN as an investigative reporter and fill-in anchor. Phillips, who joined CNN in 1999, spent the last 18 months at sister network HLN hosting “Raising America.”
What do local TV news directors think of the national networks? TVNewsCheck has conducted their second annual survey and found the broadcasters out-score the cablers.
Arizona native and “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie joined former congresswoman Gabby Giffords for a skydive over Tucson yesterday marking the third anniversary of the shooting there that seriously injured Giffords. You can see the jump this morning on “Today.”
Lesley Goldman has been named vice president of development and original programming at truTV. Goldman comes from CNBC, where she was vice president of primetime alternative
“CBS This Morning” is teaming up with BuzzFeed to expand its political interview series “BuzzFeed Brews.” They will collaborate on bookings, marketing and production of the events, which will live stream on BuzzFeed and be featured the following day on “CBS This Morning.”
Matt Lauer is hosting an hourlong primetime special on the Golden Globes Friday night at 8pmET. “Going for Gold” features interviews with Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more ahead of the awards ceremony, which airs Sunday on NBC.