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'60 Minutes' Plans Andy Rooney Tribute

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 6th 2011 12:30PM
Andy Rooney'60 Minutes' will air a special segment devoted to the late Andy Rooney.

Rooney died Fri., Nov. 4 at the age of 92. He had stepped down from his '60 Minutes' post on Oct. 2, saying at the time "I wish I could do this forever. I can't, though."

Rooney's final essay, "My Lucky Life," was his 1,097th for the long-running news program.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Morley Safer will lead the tribute to the late writer. Rooney had been with '60 Minutes' since 1978.

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Andy Rooney Dies at Age 92

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 5th 2011 9:10AM
Andy Rooney'60 Minutes' commentator Andy Rooney has passed away. He was 92.

According to CBS, Rooney died in a New York City hospital on Friday. In late October Rooney had minor surgery, but suffered from complications. He never recovered.

"It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of '60 Minutes' said. "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much."

The veteran journalist stepped down from his '60 Minutes' post in early October after his 1097th 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney' commentary. At the time, CBS News said he wasn't retiring, just not doing the weekly segment.

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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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Andy Rooney Stepping Down From '60 Minutes' Post

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 5:16PM
Andy RooneyAndy Rooney is leaving his '60 Minutes' commentary post.

Rooney, 92, will make his formal announcement on Sunday. It will be his 1097th 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney' commentary.

Prior to his farewell segment, Rooney will look back on his career in a retrospective with Morley Safer.

"There's nobody like Andy and there never will be," Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and '60 Minutes' executive producer, said in a statement. "He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original. His contributions to '60 Minutes' are immeasurable; he's also a great friend."

Rooney will probably not be replaced and '60 Minutes' will always welcome him back.

"It's harder for him to do it every week," Fager said. "But he will always have the ability to speak his mind on '60 Minutes' when the urge hits him."

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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."

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Joseph Wershba, TV News Pioneer, Dies Aged 90

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 17th 2011 6:45AM
Joseph WershbaTV news pioneer Joseph Wershba, an Emmy-winning CBS News producer and reporter, whose work helped to bring the McCarthy witch hunts to an end, has died at the age of 90.

The Associated Press reports that Wershba, who was one of the original '60 Minutes' producers, died at his home at Long Island, New York of complications from pneumonia.

In a statement, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said, "Joe Wershba was a wonderful man who was a pioneer of broadcast journalism, without the notoriety of his more celebrated colleagues Ed Murrow and Don Hewitt. ... Almost everything he touched became part of the foundation for CBS News, including '60 Minutes.'"

In 1954 Wershba led a report on Sen. McCarthy for Edward R. Murrow's CBS TV news segment, 'See It Now.' The exposé helped discredit McCarthy, and was one of the inspirations for the movie 'Good Night and Good Luck,' in which Wershba was played by Robert Downey, Jr.

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Scott Pelley to Replace Katie Couric on 'CBS Evening News'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 3rd 2011 10:38AM
Scott PelleyAfter weeks of speculation, CBS announced today that Scott Pelley will replace Katie Couric as anchor of 'CBS Evening News.'

Pelley, a 22-year veteran of CBS news, was the front-runner for the job and will lead his first newscast as anchor and managing editor on June 6.

The award-winning journalist has reported for '60 Minutes' since 2004 and worked as the network's chief White House correspondent. In recent years, he's covered everything from the tsunami in Japan to the recession in the U.S., and interviewed people like President George Bush, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

"I am delighted to join the terrific team at the 'CBS Evening News,'" Pelley said in a statement. "It's a privilege to work alongside the most gifted and talented journalists in the industry."

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CBS Reporter Lara Logan Vows to Return to Work

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 16th 2011 11:15AM
Lara Logan attack
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is reportedly telling friends she will not let the brutal beating and sexual assault she suffered in Egypt keep her from working.

Sources told TMZ that Logan, who is recovering at her Washington, D.C., home with her husband and two children, has vowed to return to work within weeks. One friend said, "She is going to be OK," and another noted that Logan has an "incredibly tough constitution."

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Lara Logan of CBS News Was Attacked and Sexually Assaulted in Egypt

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 15th 2011 4:30PM
Lara Logan minutes before she was assaulted in Egypt. Many of the scenes broadcast from Egpyt in recent days have been joyful, but events took a horrific turn for CBS News correspondent Lara Logan on Feb. 11, the day that former president Hosni Mubarak resigned.

CBS News has issued a statement saying on that day, Logan was physically and sexually assaulted by members of the crowd when she was separated from her news crew. The photo here was taken moments before the attack began.

Logan "was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a '60 Minutes' story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," according to the statement. "It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy."

"She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers," the statement continued.

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More American TV Reporters Attacked in Egypt

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 3rd 2011 4:15PM
Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper
As the violence between pro- and anti-government protesters in Egypt has escalated, several well-known TV journalists covering the clash have come under attack.

CNN's Anderson Cooper was punched in the face repeatedly by a pro-Mubarak mob, and now CBS's Katie Couric and ABC's Christiane Amanpour have also had frightening run-ins with angry protesters. Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot was severely beaten, according to Fox News.

"For the first time in the last few days you can really feel what dictatorship means," said CBS correspondent Lara Logan.

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USA Crowned Top Cable Network for Fifth Year, NBC Beefs Up Streaming Offerings and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 21st 2010 11:10AM
Matt Bomer, White CollarUSA Network is on fire -- for the fifth year in a row. The cable channel was tops among viewers 18-49, 25-54 and overall viewers.

According to Variety, returning shows 'Royal Pains,' 'Burn Notice' and 'White Collar' helped elevate the network above the strong competition.

'Royal Pains' grabbed an average of 7.3 million total viewers and 3.09 million in the 18-49 demographic. 'Burn Notice' had 6.59 million viewers and 'White Collar' had 5.37 million. New series 'Covert Affairs' averaged 7.05 million viewers with 2.96 million in the 18-49 demographic.

In other TV news ...

'Survivor' ratings have hit a series low. The finale started with 17.2 million viewers but dropped to 13.3 million. In the 18-49 demographic the series pulled in 4.1 million, 7 percent below last fall's finale. [TV Guide]

Katie Couric and CBS News are discussing a pay cut and expanded role for the anchor. Couric's party and CBS reportedly both agreed Couric must take a pay cut in order to stay at the network. Besides hosting 'CBS Evening News,' Couric also does assignments for '60 Minutes.' [Hollywood Reporter]

NBC is posting entire fall runs of episodes online. The network has beefed up its website and Hulu with episodes of 'The Event,' 'Parenthood,' 'Outsourced' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Episodes of 'The Office' and '30 Rock' will also be streamed through the end of year, but in five-episode chunks. [Variety]

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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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Katie Couric's new web show debuts tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 22nd 2009 4:02PM
Glenn Beck hates the mainstream media, but not enough to ignore it when he has a new book coming out like he does this week. He's the first guest tonight on Katie Couric's new web show, which will debut at 7 PM. In this preview, Beck reveals who he would have liked to have seen in the White House (and who would have been worse).


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Don Hewitt dead at 86

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2009 11:50AM
Don HewittNewsman and producer Don Hewitt has died at the age of 86.

Hewitt is probably best known for creating 60 Minutes and ushering in the genre of the TV news magazine show. He also produced The CBS Television News in the late 40s and later The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He also directed various TV shows and specials, including See It Now (Grant Heslov played Hewitt in the 2005 movie Good Night, and Good Luck), Presidential Timber, and One Plane, One Bomb, and even produced the first Presidential debate on TV, Nixon vs. Kennedy.

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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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