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March 26, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The Katie Couric era at the "CBS Evening News" appears to be drawing to a close. Couric, whose five-year contract to anchor the network's nightly news program expires in early June, is looking more likely to take a shot at daytime television, people familiar with the situation said. Almost from the day she started, there has been speculation that Couric was not as comfortable working the evening shift as she was in her previous job as co-anchor of NBC's hugely successful morning show, "Today.
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March 19, 2012 | James Rainey
From the vintage globe projected behind the anchor desk to the Cronkite-era producers mixing it up at story meetings to the no-frills reports that fill 21 minutes and 16 seconds each weeknight, the "CBS Evening News" has made a determined effort to bring newsy back. A shift that began in the latter months of Katie Couric's five-year run has accelerated and taken on a new fervor in the last nine months since the ascension of Scott Pelley to the anchor's chair. When Pelley took the seat once occupied by Walter Cronkite last June, it represented a return to form at CBS News -- giving perhaps the network's most visible platform not to a celebrity host but to a longtime reporter best known for his work on "60 Minutes" and for dozens of forays to Iraq, Afghanistan and other world hot spots.
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May 18, 2011 | James Rainey
Katie Couric has poise, good looks, smarts and the kind of warmth on camera that a lot of other news people would love to duplicate. She also had the distinction of serving as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" as it became stubbornly locked into its position as least favored of the three nightly network newscasts. As Couric prepares to sign off Thursday night for the final time, one can't help but wonder what went wrong. Nothing more, it appears, than misplaced priorities, unrealistic expectations and an underestimation of how dangerous it can be to remake a venerable franchise.
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September 28, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
After 33 years of piquant and sometimes irascible commentary, 92-year-old Andy Rooney will surrender his regular gig on CBS' legendary newsmagazine "60 Minutes" this weekend. Rooney will sign off with a final piece — his 1,097th — on Sunday's program, preceded by a retrospective segment on his career with longtime colleague Morley Safer, the network said in a news release Tuesday. FOR THE RECORD: A headline on this article says Andy Rooney is 93 years old. He is 92. In addition to his own often attention-grabbing views — he once scolded those who mourned the 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain by saying he'd never even heard of the Nirvana frontman before then — the beetle-browed Rooney is one of the last on-air links to the glory days of CBS News, when "60 Minutes" regularly topped the ratings and anchorman Walter Cronkite was dubbed "the most trusted man in America.
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May 4, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
After luring Katie Couric away from NBC's "Today" show in an attempt to revamp the evening news with star power and broad appeal, CBS News has made a more traditional choice in tapping "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley to succeed Couric. He will take up the anchor role on "CBS Evening News" starting June 6, the network announced on Tuesday. As an internal hire and a veteran newsmagazine reporter, Pelley is many things that Couric was not. Where Couric brought a conversational, accessible style from her morning show background, he represents the network's return to a more sober, direct approach.
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June 18, 1986 | From Associated Press
"CBS Evening News" and Dan Rather climbed back into first place in the network news race last week without basketball to bounce the schedule around. CBS won the evening news race last week with a 10.3 rating and a 22 share, ahead of NBC with a 9.7 rating and 22 share (shares were the same, due to rounding) and ABC with a 9.4 rating and 21 share, according to figures released Tuesday by A.C. Nielsen Co. "NBC Nightly News" won the race the previous week with a 10.4 rating, edging CBS at 10.
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July 22, 1988 | From United Press International
"CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" was the most-nominated show and PBS the most-named network when the National Television Academy announced this year's news Emmy nominees. The awards for outstanding news and documentary coverage will be presented at a black-tie dinner of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in New York on Sept. 8. PBS shows drew 37 Emmy nominations, while CBS was second with 34, ABC third with 28 and NBC had seven.
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March 8, 2007 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
In its first acknowledgment that the expensive gamble on Katie Couric has not yet paid off, CBS removed the executive producer of "CBS Evening News" late Wednesday, six months after the newscaster joined the program as its anchor, according to people familiar with the situation. Rome Hartman, a longtime "60 Minutes" producer who has run the evening newscast since November 2005, is expected to be replaced by Rick Kaplan, a veteran news executive who has served as president of CNN and MSNBC.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1992
Try this experiment sometime. Turn on your TV and then turn it off three seconds after the picture appears. Ask yourself whether you have been watching a program or a commercial. Chances are you will know immediately which it was. Why? First, production values are much higher in commercials. A gorgeous coastline at sunset, a mountain vista of godlike nobility--this is the stuff of four-wheel vehicle ads. Your eye will tell you that instantly.
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January 27, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
It was just another ambush interview. Only this time, the interviewee ambushed the interviewer. Vice President George Bush claimed that CBS News misled him by telling him that it wanted to interview him only for a "political profile." If that's true, then CBS News is guilty of shoddy ethics. But c'mon, now. Bush was shocked? Flabbergasted? Stunned?
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July 13, 2011
Evening news' big break Viewership is up at "CBS Evening News" since Scott Pelley took over as anchor in early June. Then again, the same can be said for his rivals. Pelley's third-place newscast reached an average of 5.55 million viewers during his first five weeks in the anchor chair, an increase of 7% over the same five weeks in 2010 when Katie Couric was the anchor, the Nielsen Co. said. During the same time, Brian Williams' "Nightly News" on NBC averaged 7.88 million people each night, and ABC's "World News" with Diane Sawyer had 7.12 million, Nielsen said.
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June 7, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In a gray suit, blue shirt and red tie, Scott Pelley got right to work as the anchor of the "CBS Evening News" on Monday night, after the five-year run of Katie Couric, whose move back to daytime was officially announced the same day. (She will fill some portion of the hole left by Oprah Winfrey at ABC but also work within the network's news division.) The headline stories cleaved to the solemn and monumental: Pakistan, Iraq, cancer and the D-day anniversary; inside the broadcast, as it were, were pieces on the slump in new housing, Apple's cloud software announcement, the Arizona wildfire and the Anthony Weiner Twitter debacle.
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June 7, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Katie Couric is moving back to her comfort zone: daytime TV. The popular news personality and the Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC television network on Monday announced a comprehensive deal that includes a high-profile role for Couric beginning this summer within the ABC News division, and starting in September 2012, the launch of a syndicated daytime talk show. Couric will produce and own the talk show along with her onetime "Today" show producer, former NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.
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May 18, 2011 | James Rainey
Katie Couric has poise, good looks, smarts and the kind of warmth on camera that a lot of other news people would love to duplicate. She also had the distinction of serving as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" as it became stubbornly locked into its position as least favored of the three nightly network newscasts. As Couric prepares to sign off Thursday night for the final time, one can't help but wonder what went wrong. Nothing more, it appears, than misplaced priorities, unrealistic expectations and an underestimation of how dangerous it can be to remake a venerable franchise.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
After luring Katie Couric away from NBC's "Today" show in an attempt to revamp the evening news with star power and broad appeal, CBS News has made a more traditional choice in tapping "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley to succeed Couric. He will take up the anchor role on "CBS Evening News" starting June 6, the network announced on Tuesday. As an internal hire and a veteran newsmagazine reporter, Pelley is many things that Couric was not. Where Couric brought a conversational, accessible style from her morning show background, he represents the network's return to a more sober, direct approach.
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March 26, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The Katie Couric era at the "CBS Evening News" appears to be drawing to a close. Couric, whose five-year contract to anchor the network's nightly news program expires in early June, is looking more likely to take a shot at daytime television, people familiar with the situation said. Almost from the day she started, there has been speculation that Couric was not as comfortable working the evening shift as she was in her previous job as co-anchor of NBC's hugely successful morning show, "Today.
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June 3, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of longtime anchor Dan Rather's departure, the "CBS Evening News" is undergoing "a process of evolution," CBS News President Andrew Heyward said Thursday as many station managers expressed eagerness for the network to lay out a permanent blueprint for the newscast. Speaking at the network's annual affiliate meeting here, Heyward said CBS would begin experimenting this summer with new elements to build on changes already made by interim anchor Bob Schieffer.
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May 28, 1992 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In recent weeks, the capital of the "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" appears to have shifted from Washington to Los Angeles. All three network evening newscasts have been covering the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots and the "Murphy Brown" flap, but the CBS newscast has been particularly weighted to the West Coast since the verdict in the trial of four policemen accused of beating Rodney G. King.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Walter Cronkite, the television newsman whose steady baritone informed, reassured and guided the nation during the tumultuous 1960s and '70s and who was still regarded as "the most trusted man in America" years after leaving his CBS anchor chair, has died. He was 92. Cronkite died Friday at his home in New York after a long illness, according to CBS Vice President Linda Mason.
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April 11, 2008 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Amid swirling news reports that Katie Couric may exit the "CBS Evening News" after the November elections, multiple people close to the situation describe a discontented anchor who is conflicted about whether she wants to continue laboring on the third-place newscast. Couric has yet to indicate that she is ready to leave the broadcast, but her departure is widely considered a foregone conclusion inside CBS News, according to half a dozen staffers bracing for another anchor transition.
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