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December 29, 1995 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eric Ober, the president of CBS News, told his staff early Thursday that he would leave his position on Jan. 12, ending a five-year tenure marked by huge cutbacks in news-gathering and a persistent ratings slump. Ober's departure from CBS, whose news ratings have languished in third place for most of the '90s, has been rumored for months and was widely expected to be announced after Westinghouse Electric Corp. took over the ailing network in late November.
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December 29, 1995 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eric Ober, the president of CBS News, told his staff early Thursday that he would leave his position on Jan. 12, ending a five-year tenure marked by huge cutbacks in news-gathering and a persistent ratings slump. Ober's departure from CBS, whose news ratings have languished in third place for most of the '90s, has been rumored for months and was widely expected to be announced after Westinghouse Electric Corp. took over the ailing network in late November.
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March 25, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Eric Ober, CBS vice president of public-affairs broadcasts, has been named president of the network's owned-television stations division. The 21-year veteran replaces Peter Lund, who resigned to become president of Multimedia Entertainment last week. Ober will oversee stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.
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August 24, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN and SHARON BERNSTEIN
Exactly two years ago this month CBS Inc. Chief Executive Laurence A. Tisch declared his hope that the appointment of David W. Burke to the presidency of CBS News would be the last time the tradition-steeped organization ever had to go outside for an executive to run its news division. With that, David Burke became an outsider in the most inside of institutions. On Thursday, he was out again. Burke, the highly regarded No.
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August 23, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CBS News President David Burke has resigned, ending a two-year reign as the embattled head of the troubled news division, CBS executives confirmed late Wednesday. An announcement about Burke's resignation could come as early as today, sources said. The network is expected to name Eric Ober, president of the CBS Television Stations division and a former CBS News senior executive, as his replacement.
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August 24, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN and SHARON BERNSTEIN
Exactly two years ago this month CBS Inc. Chief Executive Laurence A. Tisch declared his hope that the appointment of David W. Burke to the presidency of CBS News would be the last time the tradition-steeped organization ever had to go outside for an executive to run its news division. With that, David Burke became an outsider in the most inside of institutions. On Thursday, he was out again. Burke, the highly regarded No.
BUSINESS
October 2, 1991
Stephen A. Weiswasser, a senior vice president of Capital Cities-ABC Inc., was named Tuesday as executive vice president of ABC News. The post had been vacant for three years. Weiswasser, who has no journalistic background, is a lawyer who joined Cap Cities-ABC in 1986 as chief attorney. "He has the experience and commitment to journalistic excellence that is necessary for the task at hand," ABC News President Roone Arledge said in a statement.
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August 29, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
CBS Inc., is ready to announce, possibly as early as today, that Johnathan Rodgers has been named president of the CBS television stations division, succeeding Eric Ober, who last week was named president of CBS News. Rodgers, a former CBS News producer, is vice president and general manager of CBS-owned WBBM-TV Chicago. CBS also owns TV stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami.
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January 8, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
CBS had poor timing, not bad judgment, when it aired a tape of Kathleen Gingrich whispering that her son called the First Lady a "bitch," a network news executive said in Pasadena on Saturday. "We did not take advantage of Newt Gingrich's mother," CBS News President Eric Ober told the Television Critics Assn. "The problem was in releasing a 20-second sound bite of a 12-minute interview."
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February 13, 1991 | From Associated Press
The executive producer of Dan Rather's slumping "CBS Evening News" was replaced today, a day after Nielsen ratings showed the program running third for the fourth consecutive week. The replacement of Tom Bettag was the second major shake-up in the news division since August, when CBS News President David Burke was replaced by Eric Ober, former president of CBS' television stations division.
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August 23, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CBS News President David Burke has resigned, ending a two-year reign as the embattled head of the troubled news division, CBS executives confirmed late Wednesday. An announcement about Burke's resignation could come as early as today, sources said. The network is expected to name Eric Ober, president of the CBS Television Stations division and a former CBS News senior executive, as his replacement.
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March 25, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Eric Ober, CBS vice president of public-affairs broadcasts, has been named president of the network's owned-television stations division. The 21-year veteran replaces Peter Lund, who resigned to become president of Multimedia Entertainment last week. Ober will oversee stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
October 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In its third major executive reshuffling in the past two months, CBS named Peter A. Lund to the new post of executive vice president of the CBS Broadcast Group. Lund, 49, will also succeed Thomas F. Leahy as president of CBS' marketing division. Leahy will become a senior vice president of the Broadcast Group until his retirement in 18 months at age 55.
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February 15, 1991 | From Associated Press
CBS News reporter Bob Simon and three crew members who disappeared in the northern Saudi desert last month are being held in Baghdad, the president of CBS News said today. Eric Ober confirmed a CNN report earlier today that the journalists have been held for two weeks in the Iraqi capital. CBS spokesman Tom Goodman said efforts are under way "to secure their safe release and return." The crew was reported missing at the Kuwaiti border Jan. 21, four days after the Gulf War started.
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