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IT’S OFFICIAL: PELLEY WILL REPLACE COURIC

May 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In an announcement that was as unsurprising as Katie Couric’s that she will step down as anchor of the CBS Evening News, CBS News said today (Tuesday) that 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley will replace her on June 6. He will continue to report for 60 Minutes. In a statement, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, […]

OSAMA KILLING WAS TAPED, BUT WILL IT EVER BE SHOWN?

May 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Navy SEAL strike that killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday was reportedly watched by President Obama and White House staffers as it occurred, thanks to tiny cameras integrated into the helmets of the strike force. But television news executives indicate that the administration may never release the video. Today’s (Tuesday) New York Post quoted […]

CBS WAVES GOODBYE TO COURIC

April 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS News issued a surprisingly terse statement about Katie Couric’s departure: “There’s a lot to be proud of during Katie Couric’s time at Evening News. CBS News, like Katie herself, is looking forward to the next chapter,” the statement said. Also surprising was that Couric made her decision “official” in a statement to People magazine […]

REPORT: COURIC TO STEP DOWN AS CBS ANCHOR

April 4, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Katie Couric will step down as anchor of the CBS Evening News and is expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012, the Associated Press reported on Sunday, citing a network executive who spoke on condition of anonymity. Her five-year contract, which has paid her $15 million annually, is due to expire on June […]

NEW CBS NEWS CHIEF LIFTS STAFF MORALE

February 23, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

One year after the CBS News staff was demoralized by news of dozens of additional job cuts and demotions, Jeff Fager, the new chairman of the division, and David Rhodes, its new president, suggested that there may be a change in the wind. As reported by TVNewser.com, Fager told a “town hall” of news staffers […]

WILL NEW CBS NEWS CHIEF KEEP COURIC?

February 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Fager, who was named chairman of CBS News on Tuesday, said he will remain as executive producer of 60 Minutes. He told Broadcasting & Cable magazine: “It’s a terrific development and also a real complement to the people of 60 Minutes because [CBS Chairman/CEO] Les [Moonves] feels so strongly about [the show]. He’s proud […]

SHAKEUP AT CBS NEWS

February 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS today (Tuesday) appointed Jeff Fager, producer of 60 Minutes, chairman of CBS News. Sean McManus, who has been serving in the joint position of chairman of CBS News and Sports, will be focusing his attention solely on sports. Fager, meanwhile, will face the task of reviving the last-place CBS Evening News with Katie Couric […]

AL-JAZEERA’S CAIRO BUREAU CHIEF ARRESTED

February 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The head of al-Jazeera’s bureau in Cairo, Abdel Fattah Fayed, and a reporter for the Qatar-based news network, Mohammed Fawi, were arrested by Egyptian security forces, the network said on its website today (Saturday). UPDATE: They were released several hours later, Reuters reported. The arrests occurred a day after unprecedented attacks on the news media […]

VIOLENCE AGAINST MEDIA PYRAMIDS IN EGYPT

February 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In what today’s (Friday) New York Times described as “an apparently coordinated campaign that is intended to stifle the flow of news that could further undermine the government,” reporters — particularly TV reporters and their crews — covering the demonstrations in Egypt came under increasing physical attack by Egyptian security forces and supporters of embattled […]

NETWORKS DRASTICALLY CUT BACK FOREIGN NEWS COVERAGE

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

With the major television networks’ news divisions shutting down many of their overseas bureaus to cut costs and ignoring significant foreign news events because of the lack of resources to cover them, the combined number of minutes devoted to international news has fallen from 4,828 in 1989 to 2,070 in 2009, according to the Tyndall […]

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