Lance Frank Named VP Communications at CBS News

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Lance Frank Named VP Communications at CBS News
Lance Frank, who has been with CBS News since 2011, has been named a vice president of communications at the CBS Corp. unit, and will oversee communications efforts for both “CBS Evening News” as well as the division’s operations in Washington, D.C., which include “Face The Nation.”

He reports to Christa Robinson, senior vice president of communications for CBS News.

Frank will remain based in New York and, in addition to the evening newscast, “will continue to help lead our communications efforts around special events and other division-wide editorial priorities,” Robinson said Monday in a memo to staffers.

Frank has in recent years been most closely identified with “CBS Evening News” and has shepherded outreach efforts around it under anchors Scott Pelley, Jeff Glor and, most recently, Norah O’Donnell.

Frank was first hired as a news associate at CBS News after graduating from Louisiana State University. He briefly worked at Channel One News,
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Norah O’Donnell’s ‘CBS Evening News’ Debut Steady In Viewers, Down In Demo

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Norah O’Donnell’s ‘CBS Evening News’ Debut Steady In Viewers, Down In Demo
Norah O’Donnell’s debut as anchor of CBS Evening News drew 5.61 million total viewers Monday, on par with the newscast’s numbers in the recently ended second quarter and year-over-year but lower in viewers and the key news demo compared with this season’s averages.

The broadcast, featuring a sit-down with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos about his space ambitions and reporting on the backlash over President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets, attracted 929,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen. That was down 24% from a year ago and 22% compared with the 2019 year-to-date average.

While up 2% in viewers from the non-debut week before, Monday’s viewership was off 6% compared with the 2019 average.

Monday’s numbers hewed more closely to the broadcast’s averages for the just-ended second quarter: 5.47M viewers and 1.047M in the news demo.

Year to date, CBS Evening News averages 5.96 million total viewers and 1.18M demo viewers.
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Norah O’Donnell’s ‘CBS Evening News’ Debut Drops 24% in Ratings

Norah O’Donnell is the new anchor of “CBS Evening News,” though she’s not off to a particularly hot start.

Her July 15, 2019 debut drew 1.221 million viewers ages 25-54 — the key demographic for news programming — which was down 24% versus the same night last year. O’Donnell’s total-viewer decline was much less dramatic, down just 1%, which was also less of a decline than ABC and NBC experienced year to year.

Compared with the show’s 2019-to-date ratings, the Jeff Glor days, O’Donnell’s summer kickoff was down 22% in the demo and 6% among total viewers. Versus Glor’s final week, O’Donnell’s first show dropped 19% in the key demo. The two versions were steady in total viewers.

Also Read: Norah O'Donnell Says She Wouldn't Be 'CBS Evening News' Anchor Without Network's Recent Upheaval (Video)

The Monday at 6:30 p.m. newscast finished last among its broadcast competition.
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Anchor Norah O’Donnell Closes First ‘CBS Evening News’ Broadcast With Pledge To Edward R. Murrow

Updated with video: Norah O’Donnell ended her first CBS Evening News broadcast as anchor with a promise for the future and a nod to the past. Quoting Edward R. Murrow’s famous “wires and lights in a box” speech, O’Donnell pledged to use the “instrument” of television “well and with integrity.”

In May, O’Donnell, formerly a co-host of CBS This Morning, was chosen by CBS News chief Susan Zirinsky to replace Jeff Glor as anchor of the CBS Evening News in an attempt to boost ratings.

The regime change was not addressed directly on her debut newscast tonight, though the half-hour was loaded with references to CBS News’ legacy of covering the space race and moon mission. (This week marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.)

At sign-off, O’Donnell thanked viewers for watching, then said, “There’s a great legacy here at CBS News of the finest journalists.
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Norah O’Donnell Says She Wouldn’t Be ‘CBS Evening News’ Anchor Without Network’s Recent Upheaval (Video)

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Norah O’Donnell Says She Wouldn’t Be ‘CBS Evening News’ Anchor Without Network’s Recent Upheaval (Video)
Norah O’Donnell said Tuesday she wouldn’t be the new “CBS Evening News” anchor if not for the network’s recent upheaval.

O’Donnell, who takes over on July 15 as the anchor of the network’s evening newscast, spoke at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast NYC about how CBS has changed its corporate culture since the ouster of CEO Les Moonves, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose and others.

When TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman asked directly if she would have gotten the gig without that upheaval, she responded, “I don’t think so.”

She added: “I would not have taken this job if Susan Zirinsky were not president,” referring to CBS News’ new leader, who replaced David Rhodes in January amid ratings woes as well as #MeToo issues.

Sharon Waxman and Norah O’Donnell at Pwb NYC 2019 / Credit Fiona Veronique

Also Read: Norah O'Donnell to Anchor 'CBS Evening News,
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Norah O’Donnell Books Caroline Kennedy & Jeff Bezos For CBS Anchor Debut To Mark Moon Landing Anniversary Month

Norah O’Donnell is going all in with space for her anchoring debut on the CBS Evening News next week, interviewing Caroline Kennedy and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to mark the 50th anniversary month of man’s first steps on the moon.

The space focus makes sense: Among journalists, CBSWalter Cronkite is more closely associated with the moon flights than any other broadcaster. In a sense, O’Donnell’s space-themed inaugural turn as the network’s new anchor ties a new era of the CBS Evening News to its historic legacy.

In May, O’Donnell, formerly a co-host of CBS This Morning, was named by the recently installed CBS News chief Susan Zirinsky as successor to Jeff Glor as anchor of the CBS Evening News in an attempt to boost ratings.

O’Donnell’s debut on Monday, July 15, will feature the exclusive joint interview with Amazon founder and space entrepreneur Bezos and Kennedy,
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‘CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell’ Debut Date Announced

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CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell” will premiere from New York on July 15, and move to its permanent residence in Washington D.C. sometime this fall, the network announced Sunday.

The nightly flagship news program will also stream in its entirety at 10 p.m. Et on Cbsn, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.

“There is a real hunger for an independent source of news, and that starts with Norah O’Donnell,” said Susan Zirinsky, CBS News’ president and senior executive producer.

“She has traveled the world reporting the most important stories of our time and has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She is an exceptional and experienced journalist who cares deeply about the issues that affect American families. Norah is the right person at the right time.”

Also Read: Jeff Glor Signs Off From 'CBS Evening News': I 'Wish Norah O'Donnell the Best of
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CBS Plots July Debut for ‘Evening News’ With Norah O’Donnell

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In less than a month, Norah O’Donnell will start delivering the headlines at “CBS Evening News” – and, most likely, start generating a few of her own.

CBS News plans to launch a re-tooled “CBS Evening News” anchored by O’Donnell on July 15th, part of the network’s ambitious plans to overhaul its morning and evening standbys and get more competitive with rivals. She will be just the second woman at CBS News to lead the venerable program solo and will play an instrumental role in a big bet by the network, which plans to move O’Donnell and the program to Washington, D.C. from New York City at some point in the fall.

The network offered a peek at how it will position O’Donnell’s tenure behind the evening-news desk Sunday evening with a promo that aired during “60 Minutes.”

O’Donnell “has traveled the world reporting
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TVLine Items: Burden of Truth Renewed at CW, Mrs. Maisel Adds Two and More

TVLine Items: Burden of Truth Renewed at CW, Mrs. Maisel Adds Two and More
Kristin Kreuk is staying on the case at The CW: The network has acquired Season 3 of the Canadian import Burden of Truth, starring the Smallville vet, TVLine has learned. Eight one-hour episodes will air in 2020.

The investigative legal drama’s second season, also featuring Rookie Blue‘s Peter Mooney, premieres stateside this Sunday at 8/7c on The CW. It finds Kreuk’s corporate attorney Joanna Chang drawn “into the shadowy world of hackers, activists, and a political movement that won’t take any prisoners,” per the official synopsis.

The series was renewed for Season 3 by Canadian broadcaster CBC in March,
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Jeff Glor to Remain at CBS News as Co-Host of Saturday Morning Show

Jeff Glor will stay at CBS News as the new co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” per CBS. He will also serve as a CBS News special correspondent reporting feature stories and investigative reports.

CBS This Morning: Saturday” is also hosted by Dana Jacobson and Michelle Miller, whom Glor will join beginning June 22.

Glor was recently replaced by Norah O’Donnell as the anchor of “CBS Evening News.” O’Donnell left “CBS This Morning” for that gig. She was replaced on the morning show by Anthony Mason, whom Glor is now replacing.

Got it? Yeah, pretty much only Gayle King stayed put in all of this.

Also Read: Jeff Glor Signs Off From 'CBS Evening News': I 'Wish Norah O'Donnell the Best of Luck' (Video)

“Jeff brings a humanity to his reporting and will be a perfect fit on Satmo, as it is fondly called around the CBS Broadcast Center,
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Jeff Glor Sticks With CBS News As Co-Host Of Morning Show’s Saturday Edition

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After being removed from CBS Evening News, Jeff Glor has decided to stick with the network as co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday. He will be co-hosting with Dana Jacobson and Michelle Miller.

Glor also has been named CBS News Special Correspondent, in which capacity he will report feature stories and investigative reports for the network. He starts his new gig June 22.

In the coming weeks, Glor will begin a new ongoing series for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms under the banner “Who We Are,” CBS News chief Susan Zirinsky said in today’s announcement. That franchise will feature stories similar to his reporting on Gold Star families and people across the country who are “defying the odds,” the announcement described. And, Glor will work with the CBS News investigative unit on reports such as his recent examination of the National Flood Insurance Program, which sparked congressional action.

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Jeff Glor Will Co-Host Saturday ‘CBS This Morning’

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Jeff Glor is moving to morning news from evening news at CBS.

CBS News said Thursday that Glor, recently moved off a stint of “CBS Evening News,” would take up duties as co-host of the Saturday edition of “CBS This Morning” and also serve as a special correspondent.

He will start the new morning assignment on June 22, and will join co-hosts Dana Jacobson and Michelle Miller.

The new duties keep Glor at CBS News in a time of transition. The anchor, who had called CBS News home for 12 years, was placed at “Evening News” under different management , and while his tenure was well received, the newscast fell further behind its NBC and ABC rivals. New CBS News President Susan Zirinsky has been in the midst of orchestrating a talent overhaul at the news division in an effort to make up ratings ground.

Norah O’Donnell has been named to take
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Gayle King Debuts New ‘CBS This Morning’ Team With Oprah Assist

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Gayle King Debuts New ‘CBS This Morning’ Team With Oprah Assist
Did you put money on Oprah Winfrey pitching in on Gayle King’s debut as chief co-host of CBS This Morning on Monday? Congrats!

CBS News unveiled its latest iteration of its morning show, with King joined by co-hosts Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil. Among the news breaking to make the cut on Day 1: “Oprah’s After School Special” report on a high school that CBS News previously had highlighted, complete with a visit from King’s Bff.

The co-hosts also sat down with Ava DuVernay about her four-part Netflix series When They See Us, about the wrongful conviction of the Central Park Five, debuting Monday night.

“Tonight is your big premiere. We’re so glad you’re here in our first day,” King enthused, telling DuVernay that when she recently met the five men wrongfully convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park in 1989, “I…apologized, because I believed everything about that story.
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Steve Kroft to Retire From ’60 Minutes’ This Month

Steve Kroft to Retire From ’60 Minutes’ This Month
Veteran “60 Minutes” Steven Kroft will retire from the show where he has been a fixture since joining in 1989.

Steve Kroft’s reporting for ’60 Minutes’ has been as important as any correspondent’s in the history of this broadcast,” executive producer Bill Owens said in a statement on Friday. “Steve, with his sharp eye for detail, rich writing and demanding journalism, has set the bar at ’60 Minutes’ for three decades.”

Kroft’s last show will be May 19 but the program will plan a special broadcast in September to celebrate his 50-year career in journalism.

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Kroft, who first joined CBS in 1980, is one of the network’s most celebrated reporters, and has amassed a trove of journalism awards including Peabodys and Polks during his years at the network. When he first signed on with “60 Minutes,
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Jeff Glor Signs Off From ‘CBS Evening News’

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Jeff Glor devoted the final few seconds of “CBS Evening News” on Friday to a story that’s not often told to his viewers: Dozens of staffers help him put together the program each night.

Glor would have been well within his rights to take a few moments to reflect on his tenure at the long-running evening newscast. It was, after all, his final appearance as anchor of the show. CBS News earlier this week announced an overhaul of its morning and evening programs in a bid to reverse months of ratings declines.

Instead, Glor made sure the people behind the cameras got part of the spotlight. “CBS Evening News” staffers, he said, work harder than viewers might recognize. “Their hours are long and often unpredictable. Their family and friends are unfailingly patient. I am awed every day by their dedication to writing the first draft of history, and telling America’s story.
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Jeff Glor Exits ‘CBS Evening News’ On Friday; John Dickerson Assigned First Week As Fill-In Before Norah O’Donnell’s Debut

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Jeff Glor will sign off for the last time as anchor of CBS Evening News on Friday, though his replacement Norah O’Donnell will not make her entrance until later in the summer, and then a second grand entrance when the show moves its base to Washington D.C. in the fall.

CBS News will put a rotation of buffer anchors into the seat between Glor’s exit and O’Donnell’s start of the new era she vowed for the ratings-starved newscast.

John Dickerson gets first week of buffer duty. He will be in the anchor chair during Upfront Week, when CBS is expected to trot out its latest configuration of TV news on-air talent at its traditional Carnegie Hall presentation.

In addition to O’Donnell as evening news anchor, Gayle King will debut as head host of CBS This Morning, joined by Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil, on
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John Dickerson Will Do Fill-In Stint on ‘CBS Evening News’

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John Dickerson will fill in for a week on “CBS Evening News” after current anchor Jeff Glor steps down following this evening’s broadcast, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky told Variety in a brief interview.

Glor will leave “Evening News” after anchoring this evening’s show, and will be replaced by Norah O’Donnell sometime this summer. CBS News expects to use a rotating series of anchors to staff the broadcast until O’Donnell takes over, Zirinsky said.

CBS News announced earlier this week it would overhaul its weekday talent lineup, unveiling new teams for both “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News.” Both programs have seen ratings slump in recent months following changes in their anchor lineups. At “Evening News,” Glor succeeded Scott Pelley and an interim stint by Anthony Mason. At “CBS This Morning,” executives brought John Dickerson and Bianna Golodryga to join Gayle King and O’Donnell
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‘60 Minutes’ & ‘48 Hours’ Renewed By CBS

CBS has renewed its venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes for the 2019-20 TV season and will also bring back 48 Hours for a 30th season. The news came Thursday among a slew of programming renewals by the network ahead of next week’s annual upfronts presentations in New York.

60 Minutes has been on the air for 51 years and averages 10.9 million viewers in its 7 Pm Sunday time slot; it has been TV’s No. 1 primetime news program for more than five decades. Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl, Scott Pelley, Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker, John Dickerson, Sharyn Alfonsi and Jon Wertheim are the correspondents and contributing correspondents.

The newsmag in February named Owens as executive producer to fill a role that has been vacant since September, when Jeff Fager, the longtime CBS News executive and Ep, was forced to step down amid allegations of inappropriate conduct at the network news division. He was Susan tapped by Susan Zirinsky,
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Jeff Glor Will Leave ‘CBS Evening News’ After Friday’s Broadcast

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Norah O’Donnell won’t take over as anchor of “CBS Evening News” until this summer. But the current anchor of the program isn’t going to stay at the show until that time.

Jeff Glor, who has been the face of “CBS Evening News” since late 2017, has told staff he will step down as anchor of the evening newscast after Friday’s program, according to three people familiar with the matter. Glor is currently in discussions about taking a new role at CBS News, and Susan Zirinsky, the president of the news operations, told Variety earlier this week, that the anchor remains in discussions with CBS News “about a couple of different roles, and I hope he stays.”

Glor is leaving the program as part of a broader overhaul at CBS News that will change not only the evening broadcast, but “CBS This Morning” as well. CBS is betting
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‘CBS This Morning’ Overhaul Announcement Fails To Pack ‘Em In On Monday

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CBS This Morning did its best to attract the biggest crowd possible to Monday’s broadcast, promising viewers last Friday it would address reports of the show’s on-air overhaul that would put Gayle King in the starring role, joined by Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil.

On that Friday, show co-host Norah O’Donnell promised viewers that Monday would be the big reveal, also expected to impact CBS Evening News, adding, “Our show starts at 7 o’clock, and our Twitter handle is @CBSThisMorning.”

The announcement gave media obsessed with the story plenty of time to get out word.

On Monday morning, as promised, King revealed she is the only surviving co-host of the ratings-starved morning show, with John Dickerson heading to 60 Minutes and O’Donnell replacing Jeff Glor as anchor of CBS Evening News.

An average of 3.068 million people tuned in to CBS This Morning on Monday, including 718,000 in the
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