NBC News’ Morgan Chesky Contacts Coronavirus

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.”

Official: White House Hasn’t Approved Requests For TV Interviews With Fauci

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.

A MeToo Moment For Journalists Of Color

Soledad O’Brien: We’re finally feeling empowered to speak openly about racism in the newsroom.

NBC News’ ‘Meet The Press’ Wins Every Ratings Category Across The Board In 2Q

‘World News Tonight’ Wins Second Quarter

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.

‘I Have Struggled’: Black TV Journalists Talk George Floyd Coverage, Industry Diversity

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.

NBC, PBS News Maven Les Crystal Dies

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.

Call To Hire More Black News Employees

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.

Some New York News Shows Back

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.

‘CBS This Morning’ Returns To Broadcast Center

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.

Q&A WITH BILL OWENS

How ’60 Minutes’ Adjusted Its Production Process

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.

COMMENTARY

Press Credentials: The Right To Report Should Not Be The Purview Of Government

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.”

Chris Isham Stepping Down As CBS News Washington Bureau Chief

News Consumption Down Since COVID Peak

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.

Investigating Police Takes Collaboration And Context

‘GMA’ Cuts Ties With Jessica Mulroney

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.

Gayle King To Host CBS News Racism Special

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.

COMMENTARY

Media, Heal Thyself. Before It’s Too Late.

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.”

Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Joins NBC News, MSNBC

Broadcasters Tackle Tough Racial Issues

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.

The Complexity Of Reporting While Black

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.

Defining The Mission Of Network Newscasts

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?

National Reporters Included In CBS Layoffs

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

Univision’s Sunday Night Newsmag Turns 20

Bill Small, ‘Hero To Journalism,’ Dies At 93

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.

COMMENTARY

’60 Minutes’ Is Having A Moment. Here’s Why

Early this month, with the 60 Minutes season nearly ready to wrap production for the summer, executive producer Bill Owens took a heartfelt pitch to his boss, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky. “We can’t stop,” he told her. Zirinsky agreed, despite the fact that the labor-intensive Sunday-night newsmagazine show weighs heavily on the network budget, and took the plan to the corporate honchos. Remarkably, they got on board, too. As a result, instead of ending the season last weekend, new episodes will continue until at least June 28.

Stacey Benson Named CBS News CFO

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 Brennan: Working Is ‘A Constant Adjustment’

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.

Tally: Newsroom Layoffs, Furloughs, Closures

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.

Glitch Blacks Out ‘CBS Evening News’

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.

Trump Slams ’60 Minutes’ As ‘Fake News’

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.

CBS News Adds Chris Livesay as Rome-Based Correspondent

NBC News Cameraman Mike Herron Dies After Contracting Covid-19

Dr. Tara Narula Named Senior Medical Correspondent For CBS News

The Long Wait For Justice At NBC News

CBS News CFO Charlie Pavlounis Leaving

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.

RTDNA Announces Regional Murrow Winners

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.

NBC News Apologizes For ‘Inaccurately’ Quoting William Barr

The apology didn’t satisfy President Donald Trump, who tweeted both Sunday and Monday that Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd should be fired.

Trump Ends Briefing After Heated Exchanges

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.

COMMENTARY

Media Must Not Aid In Normalizing Virus Deaths

Margaret Sullivan: Trump wants America to ‘normalize’ coronavirus deaths. It’s the media’s job not to play along.