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Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:14PM EST
CBS News settles with three women who accused Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct
Source: Los Angeles Times
The lawsuit filed in May by former CBS News staffers Sydney McNeal, Katherine Brooks Harris and Chelsea Wei alleged “that CBS management, numerous broadcasters and studio staff witnessed Mr. Rose’s unlawful conduct” and failed to take any action to correct it. A CBS News representative tells the Los Angeles Times that the network has paid out a confidential settlement.
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
Report: CBS still pays ex-employee who alleged 60 Minutes creator Don Hewitt sexually assaulted her
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times has released a new bombshell report on sexual misconduct at 60 Minutes, finding that CBS continues paying out a settlement through 2018 -- totaling more than $5 million -- to a former CBS employee who accused the legendary 60 Minutes founder of repeatedly sexually assaulting her in the 1990s. Hewitt launched 60 Minutes in 1968 and served as its powerful executive producer through 2004. He died in 2009 at age 86. The revelation comes in a 59-page draft report that independent investigators are expected to present to the CBS board next week. "Investigators revealed that CBS continues to pay out a settlement to a woman who claimed that Mr. Hewitt sexually assaulted her on repeated occasions and destroyed her career," reports The Times. "The settlement, reached in the 1990s, has been amended multiple times, including this year. In total, CBS has agreed to pay the former employee more than $5 million." The draft report, according to The Times, also found that Hewitt's successor, Jeff Fager -- whom CBS fired in September for threatening a CBS News reporter looking into allegations about his behavior -- “engaged in certain acts of sexual misconduct” with colleagues and failed to stop misbehavior by others. The draft report accuses Fager of groping one employee and trying to kiss another with an open mouth. The report also learned that Fager instructed a female employee to drive him and other producers to a legal brothel while reporting a story in Nevada. “This is the first I am hearing some of these allegations about my personal conduct,” Fager wrote in an email to The Times. “I’m surprised and devastated to hear them from The New York Times since I was not given the opportunity by CBS investigators to respond to their accuracy.” The Times also says the report found that 60 Minutes' famous independence from the rest of CBS News "came at a cost: The show proved unable to prevent inappropriate conduct by some of its top executives."
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
60 Minutes segment on Amazon promising drone delivery within 5 years aired exactly 5 years ago
The December 1, 2013 60 Minutes segment generated a lot of attention with Amazon's plan to create the technology to have drones delivery within "four or five years." The Associated Press decided to do a follow-up, noting that Amazon has a "blown deadline" on its promise. Gizmodo's Matt Novak adds: "Amazon’s failure to make drone delivery a reality is a great reminder that PR promises from big tech companies are often not worth very much. And frankly, it’s also an opportunity to be thankful that Amazon isn’t yet buzzing drones over our heads like it owns the skies."
Posted Sunday 12/02/18 at 11:37AM EST
George H.W. Bush funeral and memorial service plans announced
President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president. A memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET., followed by another memorial service the next day in Houston. Bush is scheduled to be laid to rest on Thursday evening. Expect network and cable news coverage of the memorial services and funeral.
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25AM EST
CBS staffers are said to be furious that the Charlie Rose sexual harassment investigation is still ongoing one year after his firing
Source: Page Six
CBS fired Rose on Nov. 21, 2017, yet the investigation into allegations of his sexual misconduct has expanded into a companywide probe. According to Page Six, results of the investigation are due by the end of the year.
Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 1:20PM EST
Fox News and numerous other media outlets are backing CNN in its White House lawsuit
“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,” said Fox News president Jay Wallace in a statement in supporting the lawsuit over Jim Acosta's White House access. ”Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.” Other media organizations backing CNN include NBC News, ABC News and CBS News, as well as The New York Times and Washington Post.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 5:21PM EDT
Oprah Winfrey leaves 60 Minutes, likely temporarily, so she could campaign for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams
Source: Los Angeles Times
CBS News policy requires employees to step aside if they engage in political activity. “Oprah Winfrey and CBS News have agreed that she will step away from her contributor role at 60 Minutes during this campaign season, in keeping with CBS News standards,” the network said in a statement. CBS News didn't say when Oprah will return to her special contributor role, which she began on 60 Minutes in early 2017.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
President Trump's 60 Minutes interview tantamount to one of his rallies
Lesley Stahl's sitdown that aired Sunday "allowed him to bulldoze his chief enemy, the media, while airing his own points at ceaseless length," says Daniel D'Addario. "The lesson the media has evidently not learned yet is not to be sitting right there when he does it." The 60 Minutes Trump interview was a big get for a president who usually avoids mainstream media while giving interviews to Fox News. But Stahl tried to cover so many aspects of his presidency that she didn't have time for many follow-ups. "And when follow-up questions did happen, they seemed to fall into the interview’s second trap: Trying to crack the code of Donald Trump, human being," says D'Addario. He adds: "By pushing through questions and by capitalizing on an interview approach seeking to synthesize his entire presidency into two segments of television, Trump effectively converted 60 Minutes into a short rally."
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 1:39PM EDT
President Trump submits to his first 60 Minutes interview since taking office
Lesley Stahl sat down with the president on Thursday for an interview that will air on Sunday, according to CNN's Brian Stelter. "Per one of the sources, crews were seen on Thursday taking gear into the White House, where aides were buzzing about the interview," reports Stelter.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
60 Minutes staffers agreed to omit former boss Jeff Fager from Emmy acceptance speeches
The CBS News program recently won four documentary and news Emmys, with the winners opting not to mention the ousted longtime former 60 Minutes producer's name.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl on the #MeToo movement: "It's been profound, it's been historic, and in some cases, it's been unfair"
Source: The Times Herald
"There's no sliding scale, there has to be some nuance here," Stahl said of the sexual misconduct allegations that have brought down powerful men. Stahl didn't mention her fired former boss Jeff Fager in making her comments on Monday at the Port Huron Town Hall appearance. She expressed similar sentiments today at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, without mentioning Fager, saying: “It has been very painful, and as a woman, when it hits home, it’s so confusing. I think there have been men who have been accused, and their careers ruined — completely ruined — destroyed and crushed, and they’re not Harvey Weinstein.” She also said today: “There are absolute cases of rape, attempted rape, perpetual assault, that are obviously predatory. Over here, there is a category that doesn’t need to have their lives destroyed.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 12:45PM EDT
CBS This Morning names Bianna Golodryga as co-host
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The CBS News correspondent is joining the CBS morning show full-time, taking a seat at the table with Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson. Golodryga is a former co-anchor of Good Morning America's weekend edition. She joined CBS News last year.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
CNN founder Ted Turner reveals he has Lewy body dementia
Source: BuzzFeed News
"It's a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer's. It's similar to that,” the 79-year-old Turner tells Ted Koppel on CBS Sunday Morning. “But not nearly as bad. Alzheimer's is fatal. Thank goodness I don't have that. But, I also have got, let's – the one that's – I can't remember the name of it." Turner says the dementia has left him "tired," "exhausted" and sometimes forgetful. ALSO: Turner criticized CNN for being too heavy on politics.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 3:43AM EDT
60 Minutes executive producer job is reportedly down to two internal CBS News candidates
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter reports 60 Minutes executive editor Bill Owens, who was named interim 60 Minutes executive producer in the wake of Jeff Fager's firing, is said to be one of the final two candidates. He's competing in an "internal bake-off" with CBS News veteran Susan Zirinsky, who currently oversees 48 Hours and was the inspiration for Holly Hunter's character in Broadcast News.
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky -- who inspired Holly Hunter's character on Broadcast News' -- could become 60 Minutes' new leader
Zirinsky, known as "Z," currently oversees 48 Hours for CBS News. A veteran of CBS News since 1972, Zirinsky has supervised award-winning documentaries and breaking news specials for the network. Variety reports that some CBS News staffers think she's the top internal candidate to replace fired 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager. Holly Hunter shadowed Zirinsky to prepare for her Broadcast News role, even getting a "bob" style haircut to resemble her.