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October 8, 2015


Former CBS News Correspondent Robert Pierpoint Dies, Aged 86

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 24th 2011 6:25AM
Robert PierpointIt's been announced that Emmy-winning news correspondent Robert Pierpoint has died, aged 86. His daughter Marta Pierpoint told the Associated Press that he died Saturday, of complications arising from hip surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

In a career spanning more than four decades Pierpoint covered six presidents, the Korean War, the Kennedy assassination, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis. He entered the CBS news room in 1949 as it was shifting from radio to TV under Ed Murrow, and he made his name covering the Korean War.

Pierpoint covered the Korean War from start to finish, and although he reported mostly on radio, his reports focusing on individual soldiers and civilians caught up in the conflict were featured in the landmark CBS 'See it Now' broadcasts including the premiere in November 1951 and 'Christmas in Korea' in December 1953.

His contribution was later honored in the 'M*A*S*H' series finale in 1983 when, in a case of art imitating life, it is Pierpoint's voice heard on the radio announcing the end of the Korean War.

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Oprah Swipes Shaun White from 'The Early Show'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 22nd 2010 10:00PM
Did it seem weird to anyone else that Oprah Winfrey managed to score the first big interview with Olympic wonderboy Shaun White? That's because her awesome Oprah powers allowed her to scoop the entire mainstream media.

Actually, CBS' 'Early Show' had plans to do a remote interview with the snowboarder, but Oprah's people snatched it away from them in the zero hour.

One of the network's news producers wrote on her blog that she had everything from flights to remote broadcasts set up to interview White following his medal ceremony, but "it's tough to compete with Oprah and a private plane."

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Andy Rooney is making the elderly look terrible - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Mar 15th 2009 6:02PM
andy rooney 60 minutesAndy Rooney is 90 years old, and has spent the greater half of the twentieth century (and well into the twenty-first) providing political and cultural insight to the masses through op-eds in both print and on CBS newsmagazine staple 60 Minutes. Despite remaining America's favorite most recognizable curmudgeon, Rooney's weekly diatribes have grown increasingly stale, and significantly more bizarre with each episode.

Any semblance of lucidity Rooney may have employed in ... I guess (?) what was once considered clever or funny or - at the very least - entertaining material has most assuredly fallen to the wayside. The scraps with which we've been left are, indeed, entertaining, but not for the reasons Rooney (or the producers of 60 Minutes) probably intended.

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Where do you get your news?

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2008 8:02AM
Katie CouricPew Research Center's biannual survey on how Americans get their news revealed significant shifts underway from print to new media, and even from television to the internet. But it looks like that idiot box remains our number one source for just what's going on in the world around us. The article shows the demographics to be pretty much where you'd expect them to be as far as who goes where for their news. The younger, more affluent and/or more educated you are the more likely you are to go online for your news. The older, poorer and less educated you are the more likely you are to rely on the TV.

I live in a pretty small town that's chock full of poor, uneducated people and I can assure you that most of those citizens still think of computers as that fancy technology they use in them colleges and whatnot. And the Internets, well that's where you go for sin! But the young people, who have grown up with computers and the web are more savvy than their parents and if they can afford a computer, then they're online. Most are playing World of Warcraft, but they're still on there.

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ABC sportscaster Jim McKay dead at 86

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 7th 2008 1:45PM
McKayLong before ESPN was the worldwide leader in sports, ABC sportscaster and newsman Jim McKay was the voice of American sports. ABC sports legend Jim McKay died today at the age of 86; the cause of death was not revealed. In the annals of television history, Jim McKay is among the giants in sports broadcasting: a twelve-time Emmy winner, an iconic presence on The Wide World of Sports, the man who said the words, "the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat." He was the moderator of twelve Olympics and a broadcaster who gave the best he had in every television show in which he was involved, be it the Kentucky Derby, the British Open, or any of the other hundreds of events he covered.

If Jim McKay had just done that, he'd have a great legacy. However, when he was confronted with the task of anchoring the events that unfolded at the 1972 Munich Olympics, when the Israeli athletes were taken hostage by terrorist and killed in a commando raid, Jim McKay rose to the occasion.

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Bob Schieffer sticking with CBS News a little bit longer

by Allison Waldman, posted May 27th 2008 12:43PM
Bob SchiefferFor once the info coming from CBS News is not about whether Katie Couric's job is in jeopardy. Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer has decided not to retire after all; he's staying with CBS News indefinitely.

The veteran newsman, who'll be 72 this year, had announced his retirement. He was going to leave the Black Rock as of the January presidential inauguration. Now he's decided to postpone the rocking chair. According to TV Week, the network didn't have to twist his arm; the deal was easily and simply done. All Schieffer had to do was get his wife Pat's approval and he was able to tell CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus asked him not to step down as planned with the inauguration of a new president that he would remain.

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Mad Men, 30 Rock & others honored with Peabody awards

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 2nd 2008 4:20PM
PeabodyThey most prestigious award for excellence in broadcasting -- next to the Emmys -- were announced today. The 67th Annual Peabody Awards honored Mad Men, 30 Rock, Dexter, Project Runway, The Colbert Report -- all favorites here at TV Squad -- among others. To the Peabody Award voters, I say, "Good job."

The winners, chosen by the Peabody board -- which is part of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication -- will receive the awards on June 16 at a luncheon at New York's Waldorf Astoria. NBC News anchorman Brian Williams will be the emcee.

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Mike Wallace receives triple bypass

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 29th 2008 2:39PM

Mike Wallace has undergone triple-bypass heart surgeryMike Wallace, the semi-retired 60 Minutes correspondent, underwent triple-bypass heart surgery over the weekend at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

The 89-year-old Wallace, the oldest of the 60 Minutes correspondents, is recovering nicely, according to a CBS News spokesperson. The spokesperson added that the Correspondent Emeritus was already taking his first steps just two days after undergoing the procedure. Man, this guy is tough! It is unknown at this time if the surgery was planned or done after a checkup revealed an issue.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jun 13th 2007 4:53PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Dan Rather said the word "tart," and suddenly everybody's talking about the evening news.
  • Donald Trump's has a new reality show in the works, Lady or a Tramp.
  • Are we being punished? Veronica Mars fans won't get a new season, but they might get a comic book instead.
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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Anderson Cooper: the $4 million dollar man

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2007 5:05PM

Anderson CooperCNN's Anderson Cooper has just signed a new contract with the cable network, and this one is estimated to be worth $4 million dollars a year, a raise from the $2 million dollars a year he is getting under his current contract.

The Broadcasting & Cable article linked above also says that because Cooper is no longer available, producers of The Early Show are going to have to look elsewhere for a new host for the morning show. Though I never heard definitive word that Cooper was in line for the gig, just that the show was undergoing major changes.

Cooper hosts the nightly news show Anderson Cooper 360 and has started to also contribute to CBS' 60 Minutes. The new contract is a multi-year deal.

So readers...is he worth it?

[via TV Newser]

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Big ratings for Katie's first night

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 6th 2006 12:31PM

Katie CouricKatie Couric's first time behind the CBS Evening News anchor desk (actually, she seemed to be standing up a lot more than sitting down) garnered big ratings for CBS. According to Nielsen, she got a 9.1/17 rating, beating the other networks, and giving CBS it's highest ratings in that time slot since 1998.

But the question is: can she hold on to the viewers, or was this just a one time curiosity to see what she was like?

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CBS News offering archive footage

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 17th 2006 2:02PM
cbs logoBut it won't be free. CBS News has inked a deal with CustomFlix and Amazon.com that will allow Web surfers to compile either ten segments or 90 minutes of video onto a DVD for $24.95. These segments have been available to researchers in the past, but this is the first time they've been made public. However, don't expect free access to everything CBS News has ever covered. In fact, right now you can only order footage from as far back as 2000, and some footage will never be made available due to copyright restrictions. Footage going as far back as the 1950s will be made available in the future. Users can pick video from CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, CBS News Sunday Morning, and various documentaries.

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Meredith Vieira talks about Dan Rather

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 21st 2006 6:02PM
Meredith VieiraI don't think Dan Rather will be inviting Meredith Vieira to his Fourth of July barbecue.

After Rather's words yesterday about leaving CBS after 44 years, new Today Show host Vieira had this to say:

"It's kind of sad...no matter what, he put in many, many good years. It was just sort of tacky...and this is the guy who did in my husband."

Vieira's husband is Richard Cohen, who was a producer at CBS News during Rather's infamous on-air confrontation with George H.W. Bush (Bush confronted Rather about something Rather had said, and brought up the time Rather walked off the set when a tennis match ran long and the news was delayed). Rather was upset at what happened and it seems that Vieira partially blames Rather, saying "Richard sort of got the ax."

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CBS News staffers killed in Iraq, correspondent critically injured

by Richard Keller, posted May 30th 2006 7:52AM

Kimberly DozierTwo CBS News crew members covering the war in Iraq were killed on Monday during some of the worst violence in the country since the new government was sworn in. Cameraman Paul Douglas, soundman James Brolan, and an American soldier were killed when a car bomb exploded during a patrol of central Baghdad.

Also injured during the explosion was CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier. The 39-year-old newswoman was reported in critical condition at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad after going through two surgeries to remove shrapnel from her head. A spokesperson for the network says that Dozier still has several severe injuries to her lower body that needed to be taken care of. She has since been flown to Germany's Landsthul hospital for additional treatment.

Reports of journalist deaths and injuries in Iraq are not uncommon these days. Back at the beginning of the year Bob Woodruff, recently named co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight broadcast, and his cameraman were seriously injured when the vehicle they were riding in struck a roadside bomb.

More information about Dozier can be found at AOL News. Full coverage of the attack, with reflections by co-workers of the slain Douglas and Brolan and injured Dozier can be found at the CBS News website.

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And now, the CBS Evening News, with Paris Hilton and Ryan Seacrest

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 17th 2005 4:02PM

Bob SchiefferOK, maybe that's a little unfair to the interns at CBS. I apologize. But that's the first thing that came to mind when I read this story at The New York Observer about the CBS college interns helping the execs decide what direction the CBS Evening News should take. One of the suggestions is a younger anchorperson alongside Bob Schieffer. But they also suggested more international coverage, so good for them.

Readers, what do you think? Should CBS News try to skew younger? Should they replace Bob Schieffer and go with a different format? Is network news dead anyway? Leave your comments below.

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