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Harry Smith Moves from CBS to NBC, USA Fans Can Vote for 'White Collar' Credits and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 8th 2011 1:00PM
Harry SmithAfter 24 years at CBS News, Harry Smith is saying goodbye to the network.

According to TV Guide, Smith is heading to rival broadcaster NBC to launch a new primetime newsmagazine with 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams.

Smith began working at CBS in 1987, and most recently co-anchored 'The Early Show' and 'CBS This Morning.' He has also contributed to 'CBS Evening News' as a senior correspondent and substitute anchor.

In December, after CBS announced the changes to 'The Early Show' lineup, executive producer David Friedman said 'Early Show' newsreader Smith would "shift his focus to hard news with an expanded role as primary substitute anchor on 'The Evening News with Katie Couric,' 'Face the Nation' and 'Sunday Morning' while continuing to report major stories for all CBS News broadcasts."

Friedman said he decided to make such sweeping changes to the morning program after he "looked at many different aspects of the show and tried to figure out what needed to be changed," adding that "obviously if things were, quote unquote, working, we wouldn't make changes."

In other TV news ...

Things aren't looking good for a second season of 'Platinum Hit.' In fact, the first season is in trouble. The songwriter competition series has been pulling in fewer than 400,000 viewers, and Bravo just moved it to the dreaded Friday night death time slot. [Rickey.org]

Miss the original 'White Collar' credits? A lot of other people do too -- that's why USA is allowing fans to vote on whether or not the show should return to its old opening sequence. [USA]

• In an excerpt from Diane Sawyer's interview with Jaycee Dugard, the kidnapping victim describes how she gave birth to her first child at 14. She didn't know she was pregnant until she was in immense pain in the backyard where she was held captive. [TV Guide]

Bravo announced its new series 'Gallery Girls' a while ago, but the reality show is still casting. The network is seeking a mentor figure for the twentysomething women profiled on the series. [Observer]

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I'm pleased to see Harry Smith going to NBC I stopped watching cbs when it changed the morning show line up
WTG Harry

July 15 2011 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Their are no loyalties anymore!

July 13 2011 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hate when they make changes on a.m. shows. Now that Katie and Meredith are gone, I will not watch the Today Show. Matt Lauer, Katie and Meredith should have their own a.m. show. Those 3 are the best!

I like Harry Smith, but really like Brian Williams. Good luck on their new show.

July 12 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is he still on TV?

July 12 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for Harry Smith....I think he got a dirty deal from CBS. He keeps my attention when delivering the news. Honestly, Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley would never have been the icons of news anchors if they'd had the same news bosses that are now running the various networks now

July 10 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who gives a dam? Old socialist moving from one liberal network to another.

July 10 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for Harry. I miss him, and the rest of the crew that CBS kicked to the curb from the morning show. The only change in the show are the people doing it. Nothing else has changed. What happened to the other folks? I miss Dave Price, he was great also. CBS has a terrible track record of getting rid of people or programs when they are doing great. And, the crap they show that's comming this fall, most of it looks like I'll be watching other channels in that time slot. Good Luck Harry. Break a leg!!

July 10 2011 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Harry Smith should be anywhere he is appreciated. He is one of the finest TV anchors out there, and I hope NBC will give him full credit for his ability to bring the news to us with his expertise. His wit, charm and ability to communicate to the public are unrivaled.
"I'm just wild about Harry!"

July 10 2011 at 7:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David D

Talk about cursed, when it comes to news, CBS must have a voodoo doll with its name on it. The last time CBS News was any good was when Walter Cronkite anchored. I didn't mind the CBS Morning Show with Harry Smith one bit, but now with the new hosts, it's just plain boring and agonizing to watch. I think Harry would have been a good replacement for Katie Couric once she bailed out of the evening broadcast. CBS really never used Harry Smith to his full potential and I hope NBC will because he's likeable and professional.

July 10 2011 at 4:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looking forward to seeing more of Harry Smith have always liked him has a very kind way of giving news thats not happy and you can see that in real life hes a kind man and with all the overly macho men nowdays with not much heart he shows a good side that I enjoy watching plus hes extremely intelligent so you listen to what he says..

July 10 2011 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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