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Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 1:29PM EST
Report: CBS is ready to "overhaul" CBS This Morning
Source: Page Six
Ryan Kadro officially announced his exit this morning. The CBS This Morning executive producer, who has helmed the show since April 2016, will depart effective Jan. 4, 2019. Amid Kadro stepping down, Page Six reports that CBS executives "are ready to nuke its struggling morning show and rebuild it from the ground up. A thriving CBS This Morning was thrown into disarray by Charlie Rose’s sudden exit — and we’re told that top brass have come to believe that the show overall is not going to recover." Page Six adds that in the aftermath of Rose's ouster, the "impressive momentum" developed by Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, joined later by John Dickerson, "quickly faltered." A source tells Page Six: “There are real discussions about just starting over — anchors, format, producers. Everything is on the table."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Why Les Moonves' departure is unlikely to hurt CBS' programming
CBS isn't like The Weinstein Company, which completely collapsed after Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal. Even though Moonves played an important role in the daily life at CBS, he leaves behind an executive team who -- should they remain in place -- continue doing what CBS does best, according to Josef Adalian. "Moonves has benefited from the tendency (by both reporters and corporate boards) to put too much value in the Great Man theory of history," says Adalian. "In fact, whatever success CBS has had the past two decades was not the result of a single designer suit-clad superhero picking hit shows and negotiating the right talent deals. A small army of Eye execs past and present were instrumental in shaping the network, both for good (Everybody Loves Raymond, NCIS, The Big Bang Theory) and ill (Kevin Can Wait). Plus, as with any network or streaming service, the real drivers of success at CBS have been the show creators and stars who make hit programs. CBS won’t be the same place without Moonves, but like Apple after Steve Jobs, it won’t collapse either. It’s telling that late last week, as multiple news outlets reported Moonves was in settlement talks, CBS’s stock price actually went up."
- Norah O'Donnell addressed Moonves' exit on CBS This Morning: "This is really hard. It is. It’s hard for everybody at CBS News"
- Moonves could still be paid $120 million in severance of he's cleared by an internal probe
- CBS must do more post-Moonves to address the overall culture of complicity and complacency at the network
- CBS stock falls after Moonves' exit
- Kathy Griffin slams Moonves and Julie Chen in Twitter rant
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
CBS News boss talks 60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels interview, recalls asking Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell to announce Charlie Rose firing without a script
“The only reason it hasn’t run is that there’s still a lot of journalistic work to do,” CBS News president David Rhodes, speaking at the INTV conference in Jerusalem, said of the buzzworthy interview Anderson Cooper conducted last week with President Trump's alleged mistress, adding that there is still no airdate set. As for President Trump's lawyers stopping the interview from airing, Rhodes said, “I haven’t seen such an injunction, and I can’t imagine what the basis for that would be. Rhodes' interview also touched on Charlie Rose's firing last November for sexual harassment. “It was most important to me, as management, that they not feel managed in what they said,” Rhodes said of having King and O'Donnell respond openly on air and without a script. “So we didn’t prepare statements for them… we asked them to address it in their own words however they felt they should.”
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
John Oliver rips CBS This Morning for flirty banter on International Women's Day, especially in wake of Charlie Rose's ouster
Source: The Daily Beast
Oliver, whose Last Week Tonight has documented CBS This Morning's awkward sex talk before Rose was fired last November, said: "I’m just saying, it seems that CBS This Morning is less a morning show and more two hours of incriminating office surveillance footage that accidentally gets broadcast across the country every day.”
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
CBS is set to name John Dickerson as Charlie Rose's replacement on CBS This Morning
Dickerson is closing in on the co-anchor job, according to The Huffington Post. It’s unclear if the Face the Nation host would stay with the Sunday morning news show if he were to become a CBS This Morning co-anchor along with Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell. Dickerson had been filling in on the CBS morning show since Rose was removed in November.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 2:14PM EST
Today and CBS This Morning are showing they never needed Matt Lauer or Charlie Rose
Source: Vanity Fair
Rose’s exit hasn’t hurt his former CBS morning show’s ratings, and Today without Lauer has only thrived and beat the competition since his ouster. Which begs the question: Do viewers actually care who hosts their favorite morning news programs, or were they impressed by how Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell and Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb each handled the loss of their male co-anchor?
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 7:43AM EST
Today and CBS This Morning are going with all-women lineups this week
After dealing with their respective sexual harassment firings of Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, NBC News and CBS News have scheduled only female co-hosts for their morning shows this week. On NBC, Hoda Kotb will continue anchoring with Savannah Guthrie. On CBS, Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King will be joined by Bianna Golodryga. CBS will return to having a male co-host next week when Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson fills in on CBS This Morning. In the wake of the sexual harassment revelations, some have suggested doing away with the traditional male-female co-host dynamic. ALSO: Gayle King says: “I don’t see myself on TV at 70, but never say never”
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Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 8:54AM EST
CBS This Morning reacts to Charlie Rose’s sex harassment allegations, Gayle King says “I really am still reeling”
Co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell wasted no time addressing their colleague’s scandal at the top of this morning’s broadcast. “I really am still reeling. I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night,” said King. “I am not okay. After reading that article in the (Washington) Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read.” O’Donnell added: “This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening." O’Donnell emphasized that just because Rose is their colleague, CBS News will continue to cover any further reporting on his alleged misdeeds. “That said,” added King. “I think we need to make this matter to women, the women who have spoken up, the women who have not spoken up because they are afraid, I am hoping that now they will take the step to speak up too.”