The Norah O’Donnell-anchored newscast originates from Washington and a technical problem Tuesday meant the feed to stations in the East and Midwest failed. Instead of O’Donnell’s newscast, stations there showed a feed of the CBSN streaming service. The broadcast ran at its traditional times in the Mountain and Western time zones.
WGCL Atlanta anchors Rick Folbaum and Shon Gables will anchor CBS Evening News this weekend. Folbaum anchors Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET and Gables anchors Sunday 6 p.m. The national newscast will originate from the CBS46 Studios in Atlanta. The CBS News Broadcast Center in New York is closed due to the coronavirus. For the first time, the newscast will be produced remotely with producers and writers based out of New York.
Ratings for the new CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell are still underwater, but they may have finally hit bottom. In its first week broadcasting from D.C., the show’s total viewers jumped to 5.9 million, down 8% from a year earlier. It has since hovered in the 5.8 million range. That’s still third place, but better than the nightly average of 5.5 million viewers in the fourth quarter overall, according to Nielsen.
Norah O’Donnell slid into the CBS Evening News anchor chair on July 15, shifting from her spot at CBS This Morning. Now, she’s ready for another shift, as CBS News prepares to relocate its evening newscast to Washington. The D.C.-based newscast debuts the first week of December. Here she talks about the Beltway relocation, her run so far on Evening News and what’s next for the broadcast.
Norah O’Donnell and Susan Zirinsky are out to remake CBS’s flagship newscast at a time when journalism is under seige. (Photo: Celeste Sloman for Variety)
She is leaving the Big Apple next month and taking her children and the CBS Evening News to Washington where CBS is working on a “state-of-the-art” studio that sources say is still under construction, with the electrical work yet to be finished.
The first is the appointment of a new anchor, Norah O’Donnell, who takes over Monday at the start of what promises to be a busy midsummer week. The second comes in November, when the CBS Evening News leaves New York for Washington, D.C.
With Norah O’Donnell taking over the anchor chair on Monday, new female leadership at CBS News aims to revive the kind of trust once enjoyed by stalwarts such as Walter Cronkite.
In less than a month, Norah O’Donnell will start delivering the headlines at CBS Evening News – and, most likely, start generating a few of her own. CBS News plans to launch a re-tooled CBS Evening News anchored by O’Donnell on July 15, part of the network’s ambitious plans to overhaul its morning and evening standbys and get more competitive with rivals. O’Donnell will play an instrumental role in a big bet by the network, which plans to move her and the broadcast to Washington from New York City in the fall.
The network’s announcement comes as Jeff Glor wraps up his 18-month run as CBS Evening News anchor after Friday night’s telecast.
Jeff Glor, who has been the face of CBS Evening News since late 2017, has told staff he will step down as anchor of the evening newscast after Friday’s program, according to three people familiar with the matter. Norah O’Donnell won’t take over until this summer. Glor is currently in discussions about taking a new role at CBS News.
Susan Zirinsky has overhauled the news division’s programming slate and is shipping Cronkite and Rather’s show to D.C. Some staffers wonder if it’s “a move that’s being made out of convenience for the anchor.” But Zirinsky counters, “There’s a huge opportunity right now. I can’t let it go.”
CBS News president and senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky on Monday unveiled a new weekday anchor lineup, naming Norah O’Donnell anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil co-hosts of CBS This Morning.
CBS News correspondent Nikki Battiste has over the last several months reported out a group of harrowing stories for CBS Evening News about a problem that has affected millions and is only now coming to greater light. Since last summer she kept tabs on legal probes into the behavior of Catholic clergy, and resulting investigations. When CBS News executives became aware of the reporter’s line on the story, they worked to broaden its exposure.
CBS News is considering making significant changes to its flagship CBS Evening News, according to four people with knowledge of the talks, part of a top-down look at the news division by incoming president Susan Zirinsky. Executives are considering putting CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell in the lead role of its evening news, these people said, as well as moving the broadcast to Washington, instead of its longtime roost in New York City.
The network on Wednesday appointed the 42-year-old Glor to a job that has been held by Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Katie Couric and, most recently, Scott Pelley.
CBS News announced Scott Pelley’s move from the CBS Evening News to 60 Minutes and said that Anthony Mason, CBS News senior national correspondent and frequent evening-news fill-in anchor, will be taking over for Pelley as anchor of the newscast, for now.
CBS is retooling its weekend evening news broadcast in an effort to align its TV and broadband operations more closely and cut some of the costs from a show that is routinely preempted by sports coverage and other weekend programming.
ABC’s David Muir and NBC’s Brian Williams-less newscasts are currently battling for first place, but CBS is gaining on its rivals with a 21% jump in ratings over the past four years.
A journalist is not a spokesman, and a spokesman is not a journalist, but on the CBS Evening News Tuesday night, the twain did indeed meet — and it was the same person. It was just the latest example of the revolving door between network news operations and political flacks, an unfortunate and incestuous tradition that goes back decades.
The first woman chosen to solely anchor a network evening newscast left on a high note Thursday evening, interviewing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and leading the broadcast with an exclusive 60 Minutes investigation on new doping accusations against cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Katie Couric’s last night on the CBS Evening News will be May 19. She made the announcement on Friday’s broadcast. Substitute anchors are likely to rotate in the chair until Scott Pelley takes over as the permanent anchor on June 6.
The veteran CBS News correspondent will take over from Katie Couric as anchor and managing editor on June 6. He will continue to report for 60 Minutes.
After weeks of widespread speculation about her future, Katie Couric is finally ready to go on the record. “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric told People Tuesday.
As Katie Couric and the network negotiate how to end her five-year run as anchor of the CBS Evening News, interviews show that her hiring was part of a larger experiment to lift the newscast’s ratings.
When Katie Couric finally does announce her syndication deal, it will likely be the worst kept secret in media since her last move. 60 Minutes‘ correspondent Scott Pelley is the obvious favorite to replace her as anchor of the CBS Evening News (PBS’ Gwen Ifill remains my unorthodox hope), but talk right now should likely turn toward how the broadcast should change. Here are five suggestions.
New CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager will choose Couric’s successor, and will look both inside and outside the company. Many people at CBS News believe that Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes is the lead contender.
A CBS executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Katie Couric has not officially announced her plans, says the 54-year-old CBS Evening News anchor is expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012 and several companies are vying for her services.
Katie Couric may finally get the chance to become a regular on 60 Minutes, now that she is apparently stepping down from the nightly news anchor job. An offer to become a regular correspondent for the prestigious Sunday night TV magazine is part of the package being offered Couric — if she’ll stay and do a projected daytime talk show for CBS, according to several network insiders.