Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill will lead a new version of the perennially third-rated morning show that will also get a new name when it premieres Jan. 9.
The network is set to announce new hosts — Charlie Rose and Gayle King — and a hard-news approach for its morning show.
After a reboot of the evening newscast under Scott Pelley, CBS News President David Rhodes and his boss, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, are devoting much of their attention to the network’s cellar-dwelling morning show.
Can Charlie Rose save CBS’s The Early Show? The veteran newsman andtalkshow host’s name has been added to the short list of newscasters being considered to relaunch the poorly rated morning program.
Much like their evening news counterparts, America’s morning shows are on the rise as well. In the just finished second quarter, NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s The Early Show added a combined 1.2 million viewers compared to the same period last year.
Former CBS News Early Show senior producer-turned author Batt Humphreys is returning to CBS as interim EP of The Early Show. Humphreys spent 15 years as a morning senior producer at CBS, departing in 2007 to return South and devote his time writing.
CBS News President David Rhodes tore into his morning news program, Early Show, today telling staffers in an e-mail, “CBS News had a great weekend. And a bad Monday morning.”