Ann Curry, who left NBC’s Today in 2012, has had “informal talks” with CBS brass to become co-anchor of CBS This Morning, but is really interested in hosting CBS Evening News or joining 60 Minutes as a correspondent, according to a source close to newswoman.
Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson and Bianna Golodryga have scored a notable string of scoops for CBS This Morning in recent weeks. Now executives at the network’s news division are considering something that would also make headlines — a new anchor lineup for the show.
CBS is trying to lock up CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King to a new contract as the network is looking to her to be a pivotal player in a turnaround of the news division. According to two people at the network with knowledge of the situation, King is in talks for a new deal that would more than double her current annual salary to around $12 million — putting her closer to the range of the morning anchors at ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today.
Perry Wolff, a groundbreaking television producer whose documentaries took viewers on a tour of the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy and awakened them to widespread hunger in America, died on Feb. 17 in Portland, Ore. Wolff was credited as a writer, director or producer of some 600 hours of broadcasts over more than five decades, mostly for CBS News. His broadcasts won 17 Emmy Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in broadcast journalism and an Academy Award nomination for best documentary short film, for writing and directing An Essay on Matisse in 1996 for PBS.
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.
Lara Logan, the journalist who gained wider renown covering war-torn spots in the Middle East for CBS News, is no longer with the network and has not been for several months. The split was disclosed as the result of Logan making an appearance over the weekend on a podcast with Mike Ritland in which she suggested news consumers ought to get information from both liberal and conservative outlets, calling the news “mostly liberal.”
Kimberly Godwin was named EVP of news, with top editorial oversight of newsgathering around the world. Charles Pavlounis was given expanded duties as EVP of business development and chief financial officer. And Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, who was EVP of news, was named EVP of strategic professional development, focusing on recruitment and development of off-air talent
Owens has been executive editor at 60 Minutes since 2008, and has been running it on an interim basis since his predecessor Jeff Fager was fired in September for sending a threatening text message to a colleague writing a story about him.