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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike 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.
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.
CNN'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]
Katie 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?
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."
Two 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.
OK, 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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