Former CBS head Zirinsky is new studio boss for docs, series
Media-CBS-Zirinsky FILE - Susan Zirinsky attends the CBS 2019 upfront on May 15, 2019, in New York. Zirinsky will lead "See It Now Studios," launched by CBS News. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) (Charles Sykes)NEW YORK — (AP) — Former CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is launching a studio for unscripted programming, with two 9/11-related documentaries debuting over the next two days. Zirinsky hopes the name See It Now Studios conveys a sense of urgency for younger viewers while reminding the historically-minded of the 1950s-era CBS News series, “See It Now,” featuring Edward R. Murrow. Zirinsky, Wrong and their team will develop their own projects and also purchase material from others, she said.wftv.com
Thanks to Winfrey and royals, CBS morning show makes history
In this video grab issued Monday, March 8, 2021 by CBS This Morning, Oprah Winfrey discusses her interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. For the first time on record, CBS' morning news show on Monday had a bigger audience than ABC's “Good Morning America” and NBC's “Today” show, the Nielsen company said. Nielsen records that date back to 1991 reveal that there had never been a single day that “CBS This Morning,” nor any of its predecessors, beat their two rivals. “CBS This Morning” had 4.79 million viewers on Monday, or more than 2 million more than the show gets on a typical day, Nielsen said. Although the precise Nielsen records go back to only 1991, there's a strong likelihood that CBS has never won, period.
After waiting game, media moves swiftly to call Biden winner
Because votes are counted state by state, verdicts by the media outlets' decision desks serve as the unofficial finish line for the presidential race. The closeness of the race in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina proved another challenge. “We just have to be certain before we call a winner in the presidential election,” said Sally Buzbee, executive editor and senior vice president of the AP. Heading into Saturday, CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC — which coordinate their vote counts and exit polls — had Biden at 253 electoral votes. All know that calling a presidential election wrong is a career-wrecker.
CBS News rebuilds MTV's old 'TRL' studio for election night
FILE - The ViacomCBS headquarters is shown in New York's Times Square on Aug. 5, 2020. CBS News is rebuilding MTV's old "Total Request Live" studio as its headquarters for election night. The network is installing giant touchscreens and "augmented reality" displays for the big political night and says the studio provides extra roominess to put on a television show in the COVID-19 era. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
CBS News rebuilds MTV's old 'TRL' studio for election night
CBS News is rebuilding MTV's old "Total Request Live" studio as its headquarters for election night. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK – Watch out for Britney Spears and the Jonas Bros.: CBS News is building a new high-tech election night set in the Times Square studio where MTV's “Total Request Live” ruled the music world two decades ago. Norah O'Donnell will anchor her first presidential election night, joined on the set by Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O'Keefe. Shades will be drawn on the windows for the serious business of election night. On television, CBS will have Major Garrett reporting on voter integrity, Jeff Pegues on misinformation and Nancy Cordes on congressional races.
Pandemic forces journalists to rethink campaign coverage
When the coronavirus shutdown began, Raddatz figured her plan for a cross-country road trip to meet voters would be shelved, too. The pandemic that instantly changed the 2020 presidential campaign forced news organizations to reevaluate coverage plans, too. For months, news executives wondered if they would be covering a campaign without campaigning, although it has grown more public after Labor Day. The journalists have spotted stories that may not be strictly political but give insight into what communities are thinking about. While some may denigrate day-to-day event coverage, it does give journalists the ability to evaluate candidates in different situations, along with ask questions.
For TV heads and viewers, conventions are largely a mystery
NEW YORK Weeks before political conventions, television networks would typically be confirming hotel reservations, booking experts and pounding the last nails in temporary studios for their top anchors. Networks expect Democrats to host a mega video wall event, with feeds of speakers from across the country. Fox News' Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, who are booked for the Democrats' convention site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are currently the only network anchors expected to travel. Despite the mystery of what the conventions are going to be, news executives anticipate a high level of interest among viewers. Either way, that challenge puts an enormous amount of pressure on Ricky Kirshner, who's producing the convention for Democrats, and the Trump campaign.
William Small, 'hero to journalism' at CBS, NBC, dies at 93
Small, who led CBS News' Washington coverage during the civil rights movement, Vietnam War and Watergate and was later president of NBC News and United Press International, died Sunday, CBS News said. Impressed by Small's work in Louisville, CBS executives hired him in 1962 to be assistant news director of the network's Washington bureau. Small didn't leave the bureau for four days, from the shooting to the burial, he told The Associated Press in 2013. Small defected to NBC in 1979, becoming president of the network's news division and hiring away several CBS reporters, including Mudd and Marvin Kalb. In 2014, the organization honored Small with its lifetime achievement award.
CBS News head calls threats against Gayle King reprehensible
“We fully support Gayle King and her integrity as a journalist,” CBS News President Susan Zirinsky told The Associated Press. “We find the threats against her or any journalist doing their job reprehensible.”CBS would not discuss the nature of any private threats against King. Her friend, Oprah Winfrey, said in an NBC interview that King had received death threats and was traveling with security. “You come against Gayle King, you come against an army,” R ice wrote. “You will lose, and it won't be pretty.”On Saturday, Snoop Dogg posted a message on his Instagram that said he meant King no harm.
Remembering Nancy Reagan's legacy
One thousand guests are preparing to pay respects to former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died at 94. CBS News national correspondent Ben Tracy describes the scene at the funeral from Simi Valley, California. CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante and "48 Hours" senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky also join CBSN with more insight on the legacy of Nancy Reagan.cbsnews.com
Covering Nancy Reagan at the White House
Nancy Reagan played an extremely influential role in her husband's White House. Learn new details about their relationship as CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante and 48 Hours Senior Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky reflect on their time covering the Reagan White House. They join CBSN to discuss the life and legacy of the former first lady, who passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday.cbsnews.com
"48 Hours": Spring break cold case
"48 Hours": Spring break cold case Amy Gellert was murdered in 1994 while on spring break. Now investigators are asking the public for help to crack the case. "48 Hours" executive producer Susan Zirinsky explains why the cold case has been reopened 20 years later.cbsnews.com
48 Hours: Dangerous sexual play
48 Hours: Dangerous sexual play A college sophomore disappeared in the fall of 2012, igniting a police search into a dark, dangerous world of domination. But unlike "Fifty Shades of Grey," this has a far darker ending. "48 Hours" executive producer Susan Zirinsky has details about the dangerous game.cbsnews.com
48 Hours: What made this husband so angry?
48 Hours: What made this husband so angry? What happens when a millionaire businessman falls out of love with his young beautiful wife and hires a hitman to get her out of the picture? It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller but this story was all too real. 48 Hours executive producer Susan Zirinsky tells CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers about the case.cbsnews.com
"48 Hours" preview: The Two Faces of Todd Winkler
"48 Hours" preview: The Two Faces of Todd Winkler A husband accused of murdering his wife with a pair of scissors erupted in a dramatic courtroom outburst during the trial. Was it was a mental health breakdown or a calculated trick by a cold-blooded killer? "48 Hours" Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky joins CBSN with a preview of "The Two Faces of Todd Winkler.cbsnews.com