NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky took to social media over the weekend to publicly announce that he had contracted coronavirus. “It’s a truly unsettling feeling to wake up every day and wonder how your body will respond to a virus that we’re still learning about.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, arguably the most trusted man in America, is practically invisible right now. Fauci is not appearing on any of the major US television networks at a brutal stage of the coronavirus pandemic. An administration official familiar with the situation said high-profile figures from the task force, including Fauci, have been unable to secure White House permission to appear on American TV networks.
Soledad O’Brien: We’re finally feeling empowered to speak openly about racism in the newsroom.
ABC’s World News Tonight won the quarter in average total viewers for nightly news broadcasts, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings, topping average and age-demo rankings for the 6:30 p.m. ET slot. For the second quarter of 2020, World News Tonight, hosted by David Muir, brought in an average of 10,331,000 viewers total. Comparatively, NBC’s Nightly News with Lester Holt took in an average of 8,866,000 and CBS’s Evening News, helmed by Norah O’Donnell, secured 6,257,000 viewers on average.
Ten Black journalists speak about how they have covered the protests, the hurdles and dilemmas they face, and why their industry still has work to do.
Les Crystal, who was president of NBC News in the late 1970s before serving for more than two decades as the executive producer of PBS’s NewsHour, died on Wednesday. He was 85.
More than 320 scholars and practitioners in media and communications signed a letter sent to six CEOs of television news networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and PBS, calling out issues of systemic racism within the organizations.
Monday represented a key phase in New York City’s reopening, with many offices bringing employees back for the first time. Despite moves back by CBS and Fox News, most news employees continue to work remotely, and the television programs that originate here have a patchwork of approaches that have quickly become familiar.
After nearly 100 days away from the office, CBS This Morning returned to its home, Studio 57 at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. Not only have the show’s host trio of Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil been remote for the entire time, but the control room has been away from its stomping grounds for this entire time as well. King and Mason were back at the table this morning, while Dokoupil remained at his makeshift home studio in Brooklyn. But that won’t be the case each day. The hosts will rotate.
The news magazine’s executive producer, Bill Owens, details his approach to calming the waters at 60 Minutes, guiding the show through the myriad challenges of COVID-19, launching a short-form sibling show on Quibi, and other topics.
Norman Siegel: “The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States provides, in part, that government shall not abridge freedom of the press. Clearly, free expression by journalists, or by anyone with access to the equivalent of a printing press, is a cornerstone principle of our republic. The challenge to uphold this basic value is, unfortunately, an ongoing struggle.”
News consumption has fallen 11% since its peak when the COVID-19 pandemic was originally declared in March, according to a new study by LoopMe.
ABC has severed ties with Jessica Mulroney, Good Morning America contributor, celebrity stylist and best friend to Meghan Markle, following a social media firestorm over comments Mulroney allegedly made to black influencer Sasha Exeter.
As protests over George Floyd’s killing continue around the country, CBS News has set a special on racism and police brutality. Anchored by CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, Justice for All airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday on CBS, BET and streamer CBSN.
Hugh Hewitt: “There are far fewer Americans across the vast political spectrum who “trust” anyone on television anymore — anchors, “analysts” or reporters, regardless of whether they purport to “report” or transparently “opine.” And that’s a problem. We need a free and fair television press that can be trusted. We will perish as a free republic without it. And we don’t have one now.”
Broadcast outlets are using their airwaves to help viewers grapple with the tough issues of racial and judicial inequality brought to a head by the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Reporters are often faced with tough situations. For black journalists, covering the George Floyd protests and other issues of racial injustice bears additional layers of complexity, one that involves managing encounters with law enforcement while on the job, and processing the emotional toll it can take to cover these events in the first place.
For the past several months, the national evening newscasts have been the most-watched television programs in the country. The nation has turned its eyes by the millions to trusted anchors Lester Holt (NBC), Norah O’Donnell (CBS) and David Muir (ABC) to get the latest information on the coronavirus. And now another story — the death of George Floyd and the following protests — has gripped the nation, making the evening news as critical as ever. The three anchors address the question: What is the mission of the nightly news in these times?
Nationally-known reporters are among those affected by the CBSViacom layoffs, according to reports. A source with knowledge of the layoffs told TheWrap the cuts affected 300 people, of whom 75 were from the newsroom, “including some senior producers and reporters at top shows.” Journalist Yashar Ali named CBS News’ White House reporter Mark Knoller, Pentagon reporter Cami McCormick and correspondent Dean Reynolds in a series of tweets about the layoffs
During a six-decade career at CBS and NBC, Small supervised, guided and in some cases hired generations of some of the best-known reporters and anchors in television news, among them: Dan Rather, Eric Sevareid, Daniel Schorr, Connie Chung, Diane Sawyer, 60 Minutes correspondents Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl and Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer.
Stacey Benson has been named the chief financial officer of CBS News, effective July 1. Benson joins CBS News from ViacomCBS’s global media operations division, where she was SVP of finance.
CBS’s Sunday morning news show Face the Nation is on a two-week winning streak and has seen a major boost in viewers amid coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s been heartening to see the choices that we’re making are resonating,” says host Margaret Brennan.
It’s getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now. But we have to. Here’s Poynter’s attempt to collect the layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus’ critical blow to the economy and journalism in the United States. It was last updated on May 18.
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.
President Trump called 60 Minutes’ interview with whistleblower Rick Bright fake news, called CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell a third place anchor, and said the show was trying to demean the country to benefit the radical left. In a 60 Minutes interview Sunday night hosted by O’Donnell, Bright, formerly a top scientist with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 response had been slow, prioritized politics over science, pushed the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine, and ultimately cost lives.
Charlie Pavlounis, who as chief financial officer and head of business development helped spur new lines of business at CBS News including a series of podcasts, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky told staffers in a memo Tuesday.
Selected from a record of more than 5,000, these 750 regional winners represent the best in local broadcast news. The winning work includes 36 podcasts, a new category for 2020, along with nearly 50 investigative reports and more than 100 examples of excellence in innovation, social media and multimedia.
The apology didn’t satisfy President Donald Trump, who tweeted both Sunday and Monday that Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd should be fired.
President Donald Trump abruptly ended his White House news conference Monday following combative exchanges with reporters Weijia Jiang of CBS News and Kaitlan Collins of CNN.
Margaret Sullivan: Trump wants America to ‘normalize’ coronavirus deaths. It’s the media’s job not to play along.