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November 17, 1991
Evening wear used to call for ruffles, rhinestones, sequins and satin bows, but modern times have demanded rethinking in the froufrou department. This season's evening clothes are casual, comfortable and--just like the prevailing national mood--pared-down. What emerges when designers strip away all the frills is surprisingly refreshing: clothes for dining and dancing that are full of moody sophistication.
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.
September 14, 2006 | Matea Gold
The evening news ratings roller coaster continued Tuesday as CBS' Katie Couric won the night, climbing back on top a day after her broadcast had dropped into third place. "CBS Evening News" garnered 8.6 million viewers Tuesday, beating NBC's 8.1 million and ABC's 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Media. CBS News executives noted that the newscast continues to post gains compared with this point last year.
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.
May 25, 2007 | Matea Gold
ABC's "World News" is continuing to challenge "NBC Nightly News" for the title of top-rated evening newscast, winning the most viewers in the key May sweeps ratings period for the first time in 11 years. The ABC evening newscast, anchored by Charles Gibson, attracted an average of 7.95 million viewers for the survey period, beating out NBC's Brian Williams, who drew an average of 7.30 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
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.
August 2, 1985 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
Detroit-based Evening News Assn., target of a $453-million hostile tender offer this week by Hollywood television executives Norman Lear and A. Jerrold Perenchio, said it fired its top broadcasting executive Thursday for leaking confidential reports "to a person involved" in the takeover attempt. The association, owner of several television stations as well as the Detroit News and smaller newspapers, said Peter A.
August 8, 1985 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood executives Norman Lear and A. Jerrold Perenchio suffered a setback Wednesday in their hostile takeover bid for Evening News Assn. in Detroit when a federal judge ruled that their tender offer for the company violated Michigan law. At the same time, shareholders and investment bankers say the offer already may have triggered a bidding war that could force Evening News Assn.
NBC's "Nightly News" has completed its first yearlong stretch on top of the evening news ratings since the days of the Huntley-Brinkley report. Tom Brokaw's broadcast beat its rivals at ABC and CBS for the second three months of the year, the fourth consecutive quarter it has won. That's the network's longest winning streak since mid-1967, when Chet Huntley and David Brinkley anchored the news.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 21, 2009 | Matea Gold
Since the news broke last month that Diane Sawyer will be leaving ABC's "Good Morning America" to replace Charles Gibson on the network's flagship evening broadcast, female broadcasters such as Ashleigh Banfield and Suze Orman have eagerly volunteered to replace her. But ABC executives are intent on finding a male anchor to pair with co-host Robin Roberts and restore the morning show's traditional male-female duo, according to multiple sources in...
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.
August 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
In television, it's never a good sign when it starts raining in your indoor studio less than 40 minutes before airtime. That's what happened to "The Early Show" on CBS Wednesday, forcing a mad scramble across Manhattan in a downpour to broadcast the morning news program out of Katie Couric's empty "Evening News" studio. Intense storms that disrupted New York City's morning rush hour also caused water to back up on the plaza outside CBS' Fifth Avenue street-side studio.
January 7, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
"60 Minutes" executive producer Don Hewitt said Wednesday he had no objection to the network's decision to begin using his five star correspondents on the "CBS Evening News," although he had balked at the idea when it was first proposed last year. Hewitt, in charge of CBS' Sunday night news program since it went on the air in 1968, said his change of heart came after the proposal was revised to make his reporters irregular--instead of regular--contributors to the "Evening News."
November 20, 2008 | Matea Gold, Gold is a Times staff writer.
If anything could slow the inexorable decline of evening news viewership, it should have been this year's riveting presidential campaign, which produced a ravenous appetite for political news. The cable news networks benefited mightily during the race, more than doubling their prime-time audiences this fall.
September 24, 2008 | Matea Gold
"NBC Nightly News" ended the 2007-08 television season as the most-watched network evening newscast for the 12th year in a row, expanding its lead over ABC's second-place "World News With Charles Gibson," which had come close to matching its viewership the year before. NBC's Brian Williams-anchored news averaged 8.52 million viewers, up 1%, the only broadcast to gain audience since last season, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "World News" drew 8.18 million viewers, down 2%, while "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" followed with 6.16 million, a drop of almost 9%. -- Matea Gold
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