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Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

Evening News Ratings: Week of May 26

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News Brian Williams” is back on top in the A25-54 demo after losing the month of May to ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.” “Nightly” had its biggest advantage over “World News” in the demo since the week of March 31.

But for the week, “World News” was the only broadcast to grow that younger audience, up +5%, while “Nightly” was flat and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -3% compared to the same week last year.

In total viewers, Williams’ broadcast was #1 and was up +5% vs. last year. Sawyer’s broadcast grew +3% while Pelley’s “Evening News” was down -3%.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, all the broadcast averages are based on four days, Tuesday-Friday.

Numbers for the week of May 26, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,107,000 7,299,000 6,010,000
• A25-54: 2,004,000 1,903,000 1,513,000

Bill Plante on His ‘Fabulous Vantage Point for History’ During 50 Years with CBS

BPlanteCBSOn June 1, 1964, 26 year-old Bill Plante reported to work as a new correspondent for CBS News in New York.

He’d spend the next five decades with the network, traveling to Vietnam and Iceland, to Moscow and Teheran.  He’d cover every presidential campaign from 1968 on, and serve as a White House correspondent for four Presidents.

On the occasion of his 50th anniversary with CBS, Plante spoke with TVNewser, telling us his work has given him “a fabulous vantage point for history and for watching politics. I love it.”

So much so, he has no plans to retire. “I don’t have one of those wall calendars where I’m ‘x’ing’ out the days until I can go to an island somewhere,” Plante jokes.

He’s enjoying his job and proud of a news division he feels is re-energized by a return to its hard-news roots.  “All of us who’ve been around here for a long time have lived through the various phases of CBS News, some of which we liked better than others. The current phase,” he pauses to emphasize, “we like a lot.”

He cites the “CBS Evening News,” helmed by network homegrown Scott Pelley, as an example. Plante also mentions “CBS This Morning,” adding that the show’s competitors are ”all kind of doing entertainment.”

“I learned from people like [Mike] Wallace, [Walter] Cronkite, from many others,” he reflects. “I learned what was expected of good reporters. It isn’t something you can commodify easily, but you watch them work, and you see what their standards are…and you hold yourself to those same standards.”

He says CBS News maintains that journalistic integrity, declining to comment specifically about accusations of political bias at the network by former colleague Sheryl Attkisson.  ”I think we make a major effort to play it down the middle,” Plante says about the news division in general.

“I’ve never had anybody, in the last five years of covering this administration, or for that matter, the previous one, suggest that we go easy or go hard [on a particular President].”

The White House beat, and his time on the campaign trail, have provided some of the most memorable moments for Plante, along with covering the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War.

But the years of travel came at a price.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of May 19 & May Sweeps

EveningNewsNewABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” has won its first May sweep in the younger demo in 7 years. It’s the first victory in any sweeps month in more than 6 years for “World News” — since February 2008.

ABC topped “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” by +42,000 A25-54 viewers. Williams’s broadcast, meanwhile, won the month in total viewers with its biggest May sweep audience and widest lead over “World News” in three years.

All three broadcasts were up among total viewers with NBC and ABC up +6% and CBS up +5%. But “World News” was the only broadcast to show demo viewer growth compared to May 2013. Sawyer’s show was up +9%, while “Nightly” was down -6% and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -2%. In fact, this is the lowest May sweep since at least 1991 (when the keeping of electronic records began), for both NBC and CBS in the A25-54 demo.

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For the week of May 19, “World News” wins in the demo with a +106,000 viewer lead on “Nightly News,” while “Nightly” takes total viewers with a +467,000 viewer lead on “World News.” All three newscasts were down in viewers and the demo compared to the same week last year, which saw extended coverage of that deadly tornado in Moore, OK.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Holmes, Cooper, Patta

  • Fusion has named Anna Holmes editor of digital voices and storytelling. Holmes founded Jezebel, Gawker Media’s site geared toward women.

  • The Associated Press reports Donald Sterling was a “wreck” after last week’s interview with Anderson Cooper, in which he called Cooper racist. The former president of LA’s NAACP tells the AP Sterling was almost crying during their phone call after the interview.

  • CBS News Correspondent Debora Patta interviewed a Boko Haram fighter on last night’s “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” He told Patta the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls will be held captive until the Nigerian government releases Boko Haram prisoners (video after the jump).

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Evening News Ratings: Week of May 12

EveningNewsNewOnce again, ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” wins the week among younger viewers. Sawyer’s newscast has now won four of the last six weeks in the A25-54 demo, topping “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” for the weeks of April 7, 14, and 28, and now May 12. The gap averaged +83,000 viewers (+4%), but was as wide as +204,000 on Monday and as little as +14,000 viewers on Friday.

“Nightly” still topped “World News” by +830,000 total viewers (+11%), and averaged +1,908,000 (+29%) more viewers than “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” “Nightly” has won 244 weeks straight in viewers.

All three broadcasts were up big compared to the same week last year. “World News” saw the biggest jump in both viewers (+14%) and the A25-45 demo (+24%). “Evening News” was up +13% in viewers and up +8% in the demo while “Nightly News” was up +12% in viewers and up +4% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of May 12, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,423,000 7,593,000 6,515,000
• A25-54: 1,987,000 2,070,000 1,648,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of May 5

EveningNewsNewThe back and forth among younger viewers for their preference in an evening newscast goes back to “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” The NBC newscast topped ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” by +18,000 A25-54 viewers last week. Sawyer had won the younger demo two of the previous three weeks.

Only “Nightly News” showed growth in viewers compared to the same week last year, up less than 1%. “World News” and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” were each down -2%. Among younger viewers “Nightly” lost -14% of its audience, while “Evening News” was down -9% and “World News” was down the least, -3% year-over-year.

Season-to-date, “Nightly” is posting its biggest total viewer audience (9.308 million) since the 2005-06 season. Meanwhile, “World News” is seeing its closest A25-54 demo performance with “Nightly” since the 2007-08 season.

Numbers for the week of May 5, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,231,000 7,354,000 6,258,000
• A25-54: 1,901,000 1,883,000 1,470,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of April 28

EveningNewsNewFor the third time in four weeks “World News with Diane Sawyer” takes the younger viewer demo. Sawyer edged “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” by just 8,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo. “Nightly” was No. 1 in total viewers — for the 242nd straight week — with a +932,000 lead over the ABC broadcast.

“Nightly” was also up the most in total viewers compared to the same week last year, +14%, while “World News” was up the most in the demo: +20%. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” which will get a new executive producer in Steve Capus in a few weeks, was also up year-over-year: up +12% in viewers and up +10% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of April 28, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,026,000 8,094,000 6,991,000
• A25-54: 2,136,000 2,144,000 1,727,000

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

The Interview Scott Pelley Will Never Forget

In a “60 Minutes Overtime” piece last night, Scott Pelley reveals the interview he’ll never forget.

“Of all the interviews that I have done at ’60 Minutes’ over all of these years, that was one that I will never forget,” Pelley said about his 2010 interview with Mike Williams, who was an oil rig worker who survived the Deepwater Horizon explosion. “My goodness…he was about the best storyteller I’d ever met.”

Pelley went on to note how his interview with Williams led to congressional action in the aftermath of the BP oil spill.

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