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Dave Price Leaving CBS News

Current CBS “Early Show” weather anchor Dave Price is leaving CBS News, he said on the program today. Last month CBS News announced a total reshuffling of the “Early Show” anchor team, adding that it would be working to find other roles for the departing anchors at the company.

Price is opting to leave CBS instead.

“Today is my last day at CBS News,” Price said. “I’ve had my dream job at The Early Show for eight years and deeply appreciate the outpouring of affection from so many viewers and colleagues. While sorry to leave, I’m eager and very excited about the next phase of my career.”

CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus also had kind words to say about Price in a statement:

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Les Moonves Holds Court at CBS Holiday Bash

CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves — sans wife Julie Chen who is fully ensconced in L.A. for her ensemble daytime show, “The Talk” — celebrated with his CBS minions, and the press who cover them, at CBS’ Black Rock headquarters last night.

CBS' annual airing of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" drew 12.2 million viewers Nov. 30.

Several stars of CBS primetime shows were there, including Tom Selleck who stars in “Blue Bloods,” and Christine Baranski and Matt Czuchry of “The Good Wife.” And while Moonves can tout having the most-watched TV network, the stars of his struggling news division also worked the room — including the new front four of “The Early Show:” Erica Hill, Chris WraggeJeff Glor and Marysol Castro. The team will be hitting the road next week, making stops at several CBS affiliates where the #3-in-the-ratings show performs relatively well. (Our sister blog TVSpy reports Wragge’s last day on WCBS is today.)

We talked with show EP David Friedman and CBS News & Sports President Sean McManus who both expressed their confidence in the team. “It’ll take some time,” said McManus, “but this is a good group. I’m excited.”

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David Carr: Anchor Changes at the ‘Early Show’ Won’t Work, The Network Needs to Think Bigger

In this morning’s edition of The New York Times, media columnist David Carr tackles the recent changes at CBS “The Early Show.”

Specifically, Carr argues that the changes being made by executive producer David Friedman and CBS News and sports chief Sean McManus are minor tweaks, while what is really needed is a rethinking of the entire morning show concept.

The morning news-and-chat hierarchy calcified a long time ago — the “Today” show, then “Good Morning America” then “The Early Show.” Calling up the farm team isn’t going to have millions of Americans waking up and saying, “Hey, let’s see what the new guys are doing over at CBS.”

Broadcast television is a business built on habit — no more so than in the morning, when viewers mindlessly flip the television on with their first cup of coffee. The inertia is profound and cuts both ways. An object in motion — in this case the “Today” show, with nearly twice the viewers of “The Early Show,” will remain in motion. It will get the hot bookings, the big guests and the tune-ins.

Carr does present some possible ideas for what can be done, although the probability of CBS actually taking him up on them are quite low. Among the ideas:

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New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys Put Ratings in a Horsecollar

Sunday Night Football posted more massive ratings, but even NBC couldn’t compete with that “I just want to sit and watch football post-turkey” feeling.


The Saints/Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game on FOX drew a 13.9 final rating and 31.874 million viewers on FOX, up 20% in ratings and 26% in viewership from last year’s comparable window on CBS (OAK/DAL: 11.6, 25.207 mil). The Saints’ win ranks as the most-viewed NFL game of the season on any network, and the most-viewed sporting event overall since Super Bowl XLIV.

Harry Smith: ‘I will always be grateful for having one of the best seats in the house’

Harry Smith used his “Just a Minute” feature on CBS Radio News to discuss his impending departure from CBS’ “The Early Show.”

“I’m leaving my job on ‘The Early Show’ soon, but I will always be grateful for having one of the best seats in the house.”

As we reported yesterday, Smith as well as co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez and weather guy Dave Price are being moved off the show. CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus wrote that the three, “are moving on to new and significant roles at CBS News that capitalize on their talents and their interests.”

Smith and Price were on today’s show. Rodriguez was not. The new anchor team takes over January 3.

Anchor Changes at ‘The Early Show,’ Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez, Dave Price All Out

TVNewser hears that an anchor change is in store at CBS’ “The Early Show.” Co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez is believed to be leaving the program, with news anchor Erica Hill to step in and take her place.

The announcement could be made as soon as today. Rodriguez anchored the program this morning (left) alongside Harry Smith.

A spokesperson for CBS News would not confirm the report, and said that the network does not comment on rumors and speculation. Rodriguez joined “The Early Show” as a co-anchor in 2007, and had previously served as co-anchor of the Saturday edition of the program. Before that, she worked at CBS O&O WFOR in Miami, Florida.

Hill joined CBS full-time earlier this year. She has been co-anchor of the Saturday “Early Show” since 2008.

> More: The AP”s David Bauder reports that co-anchor Harry Smith and weather anchor Dave Price will also be leaving the show, and will be replaced by Chris Wragge and Marysol Castro, respectively.

> More: Insiders tell us Smith will stay with CBS News in an as-yet determined position. Smith, who has co-anchored “Early” since 2002, joined CBS News as a Dallas-based correspondent in 1986.

> Confirmed: Internal memo from CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus after the jump. The “exciting changes” take effect Jan. 3.

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Tony Hawk Is Still a Skateboarder

Tony Hawk – legend, multimillionaire, video game impresario – considers himself a pro skateboarder. When asked by The New York Times to describe his profession, the following conversation took play:

Q. What is your job?
A. Professional skateboarder. [Pause.] Still.

The icon once played a mean violin, apparently. The more you know…

Longtime CBS News Stage Manager James ‘Jimmy’ Wall Dies at 92

A regular and friendly presence at CBS News for nearly 50 years, James “Jimmy” Wall, has died, the network says.

Wall is best known to the public as “Mr. Baxter,” the next door neighbor of “Captain Kangaroo,” but Wall was also a veteran stage manager for CBS programming, including the “CBS Evening News,” “60 Minutes” and “Face the Nation.”

He semi-retired in 1988, but continued to work as a fill-in stage manager on a number of programs, up until last year.

“Jimmy’s stories were legend because they came out of a rich life that was so colorful and lived so fully,” wrote CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus in a memo to employees. “From Vaudeville to television, from Wilmington, N.C. to Paris and New York, Jimmy had a lot to talk about – and be proud of.

“We’ll miss the wonderful voice, the bright smile and the guy who called you “Partner,” because if you needed anything, you could always count on him.”

More information, after the jump.

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Miami-Boston Most Watched Regular Season NBA Game In Cable Television History

The official numbers are out and last night’s Miami-Boston game was the most watched regular season NBA game on cable of all-time (topping Chicago-LA Lakers on Feb. 2, 1996), earning a 4.6 US rating with 7,433,000 total viewers in 5,339,000 households.

Despite the late tip-off, Rockets-Lakers delivered a 2.4 US rating with 3,719,000 total viewers in 2,823,000 households, making it the most watched NBA Opening Night doubleheader (averaging 3.5 US rating, 5,493,000 total viewers and 4,025,000 households) for Turner Sports in their 27 years of tipping off the NBA season. Read more

NBC’s ‘Today,’ CBS’ Sean McManus, ID’s Henry Schleiff Among 2010 B&C HOF Inductees

With the 2010 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame just a few weeks away, the trade magazine has announced that “Live with Regis & Kelly” co-host Regis Philbin will serve as MC for the event, with CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz serving as a guest presenter.

NBC’s “Today,” will be the TV show inducted this year, joining previous shows like “SportsCenter,” “The Simpsons” and “Meet the Press.” Other inductees this year include CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus and Investigation Discovery chief Henry Schleiff, who also led CourtTV.