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CBS’ ‘Evening News’ Transfer Is Chaotic, Not Calm

Evening-news anchors are, to some degree, like Boy Scouts. They are seen by the public as being courteous and kind, brave and clean. When workers began packing up anchor Scott Pelley’s office suite at the West 57th Street headquarters of “CBS Evening News” yesterday, it was viewed by CBS News staffers as something out of character.

Pelley had known for some period that CBS News executives were going to move him full time to “60 Minutes,” according to two people familiar with the matter. He has contributed up to 20 pieces per year to “60 Minutes,” even as he anchored the network’s flagship evening newscast. But he had not been ordered to vacate his office, according to these people, and CBS had planned to make an official announcement about the transition next week, one of these people said.

Pelley’s decision to move out of the show he has led since taking it over from Katie Couric in
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60 Minutes' Morley Safer Dead at 84

60 Minutes' Morley Safer Dead at 84
Veteran newsman and 60 Minutes mainstay Morley Safer died on Thursday at age 84, just days after the CBS newsmagazine celebrated his 46-year run and recently announced retirement with a one-hour special. A cause of death has not yet been noted, though he was said to be in declining health when he announced his retirement on May 11.

RelatedMorley Safer Announces Retirement From 60 Minutes

“Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever,” CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves said in a statement. “He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with 60 Minutes.
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Priest Builds Lego Replica of the Vatican Using About 500,000 LEGOs—See His Awesome Project!

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Priest Builds Lego Replica of the Vatican Using About 500,000 LEGOs—See His Awesome Project!
Holy moly, everything is awesome about this Lego display. Father Bob Simon, a 50-year-old pastor from Scranton, Pennsylvania has built an enormous Lego brick replica of the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica church and St. Peter's Square, which is displayed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. "I was probably most scared of doing the dome," he said about his Lego creation, in a video posted by NBC Washington. "It's not easy to do circular things in Lego bricks since most of them are square." Simon's display also shows the Pope and contains a massive crowd of Lego people, including nuns, Vatican guards and even an Elvis Presley...
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Limo Company Blames CBS Newsman Bob Simon for Death in Crash

Limo Company Blames CBS Newsman Bob Simon for Death in Crash
The limousine company whose car CBS correspondent Bob Simon was killed in is blaming Simon for his own death because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. Skyline Credit Ride says in papers filed in New York state Supreme Court that Simon's "culpable conduct" caused his death. Read More Bob Simon's Widow Sues Driver of Town Car That Crashed and Killed '60 Minutes' Correspondent The 73-year-old newsman was killed Feb. 11 when the limo he was riding in crashed on Manhattan's West Side Highway. His widow, Francoise Anne-Marie Simon, sued Skyline Credit Ride and the limo's driver last

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Bob Simon’s Widow Suing Over Late CBS News Correspondent’s ‘Horrific’ Car Crash

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Bob Simon’s Widow Suing Over Late CBS News Correspondent’s ‘Horrific’ Car Crash
Bob Simon’s widow, Francoise Anne-Marie Simon, has sued two car companies and the driver responsible for the fatal crash that killed her husband in February on New York City’s West Side Highway. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court and reported on by the New York Post, says Simon “suffered conscious pain fear of impending death.” It also alleges that the limousine driver, Reshad Abdul Fedahi, shouldn’t have been driving. Also Read: Bob Simon, Veteran CBS Newsman, Dead in Car Crash Fedahi, who lives in a homeless shelter, had a limp arm, two prior speeding convictions and
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The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2015

The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2015
This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It would be easy to look back at this whiplash year in media and think that the news business is in a state of crisis: Witness the fall of Brian Williams, the impending exit of Jon Stewart from The Daily Show and the untimely death of Bob Simon. Simon's 47-year career at CBS spanned from television news' halcyon days to the digital era, in which headlines are delivered with a hashtag — and 140 characters serve as an explanation. But even as technology and innovation

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Lara Logan Hospitalized for Internal Bleeding

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Lara Logan Hospitalized for Internal Bleeding
Lara Logan was admitted to a hospital near Washington D.C. on Wednesday where the 60 Minutes corespondent is being treated for diverticulitis, a digestive disease, and internal bleeding. "We wish her a speedy recovery," a CBS spokesperson tells People of the veteran journalist. While it's unclear how long Logan will remain in the hospital, her health scare comes less than a month after the network lost it's longtime newsman Bob Simon after he was killed in a Manhattan car crash. Logan, who is originally from South Africa, officially joined CBS in 2002 as a correspondent on 60 Minutes where she extensively covered
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60 Minutes' Lara Logan Reportedly Hospitalized for Internal Bleeding

60 Minutes' Lara Logan was reportedly rushed to a D.C. area hospital Wednesday. A source told Page Six the CBS News correspondent was admitted with digestive disease diverticulitis and internal bleeding. A 60 Minutes spokesman told E! News in a statement, "We wish Lara a speedy recovery," but declined to comment on her specific health condition. A source told Page Six that the 43-year-old journalist's reported condition could have been brought on by stress, adding that Logan is expected to stay in the hospital for at least a few days to recover. This month has been a difficult one for the 60 Minutes family. On Feb. 11, veteran CBS News journalist Bob Simon was killed in a car crash on New...
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’60 Minutes’ Remembers Bob Simon With Touching Tribute

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’60 Minutes’ Remembers Bob Simon With Touching Tribute
CBS’ “60 Minutes'” paid tribute to the late Bob Simon Sunday with a special segment that looked back at the veteran newsman’s life and extraordinary career. In one 24-minute report by Steve Kroft — uninterrupted by commercial break — the story looked back at Simon’s body of work, and his 47 years at CBS News. As the segment wrapped, Kroft revealed Simon had struggled with depression. Also Read: Bob Simon, Veteran CBS Newsman, Dead in Car Crash “Eventually he always snapped out of it,” Kroft said. Executive Producer Jeff Fager also revealed Simon’s last day at “60 Minutes” was his proudest — he’d just gotten a.
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60 Minutes Pays Tribute to Bob Simon

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60 Minutes Pays Tribute to Bob Simon
Sunday night, as Hollywood was paying tribute to itself at the Oscars, CBS remembered one of its own brightest stars, veteran newsman Bob Simon, who died in a Manhattan car crash Feb. 11 after spending 47 of his 73 years gracefully and expertly covering stories around the world. "He was a brilliant combination of sophistication and street smarts who liked to tell people he was just a Jewish kid from the Bronx," his 60 Minutes colleague Steve Kroft said of Simon. "He didn't tell you that he was also Phi Beta Kappa, and had been a Fulbright scholar, or that he came to become television's quintessential foreign correspondent.
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'60 Minutes' Producer on Bob Simon: He Was "Like a Superstar"

'60 Minutes' Producer on Bob Simon: He Was
A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Bob Simon (1941-2015) The 60 minutes newsman, 73, who died Feb. 11 from injuries suffered in a car accident on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, was revered at CBS News, where his career spanned 47 years. He also was revered in Israel, where he lived off and on for decades and served as CBS' principal correspondent from 1987-2007. Read More '60 Minutes' Remembers Bob Simon's "Calm Bravery Under Fire" 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager recalls a trip to the country with

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Watch: David Carr's Last Interview With Edward Snowden And Laura Poitras About 'Citizenfour'

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It has been quite a week for figures in the national news media. The scandal regarding Brian Williams and his issues with the facts and truth continues to unfold, Jon Stewart announced he was leaving "The Daily Show" later this year, veteran CBS journalist Bob Simon was tragically killed in an accident, and last night, David Carr of The New York Times suddenly passed away.  One of the most colorful, direct, and inspirational writers about the media landscape, Carr was unique among many others who also analyzed the vast landscape of movies, television, technology and beyond. But perhaps it was no more fitting a tribute to his legacy that he died on a day when he was busy as ever. Earlier on Thursday, Carr moderated a talk at the New School with "Citizenfour" director Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden. And today, it has been made available in full.
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‘The Talk’ on Kanye, Memories of CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon Videos

TV Rewind: Julie Chen Remembers CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon; Kunal Nayyar Visits + Mrs. O Calls Out Kanye WestThe Talk (2/12)Remembering Legendary CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon60 Minutes” correspondent and award-winning CBS reporter Bob Simon was killed in a tragic car accident last night. Julie Chen says, “He would walk into a room of all CBS journalists and people would be like, ‘Wow, there’s Bob Simon.’ He just had the respect of all his colleagues and he is deeply, deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family.” Sharon Osbourne to Kanye West: ‘Don’t you be using […]
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David Carr and Bob Simon: A Special Breed of Journalist Taken Too Soon

The late David Carr and Bob Simon had different beats but still had much in common: Both were classic, fearless, old school journalists who stayed at the top of their craft for decades, winning plenty of awards for their work... but more importantly, the respect of both their readers and those in the industry. And when the news came down only hours apart that both had suddenly died, "shock" would be an understatement in terms of reaction throughout the media world.
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Driver in Bob Simon Car Crash Had His License Suspended 9 Times Prior to Wreck

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Driver in Bob Simon Car Crash Had His License Suspended 9 Times Prior to Wreck
The license of the driver of CBS newsman Bob Simon's car had been suspended nine times for failing to pay fines prior to the wreck that killed the veteran broadcast journalist, the New York Post reports. According to the Post, police investigating the crash said the driver, Abdul Reshad Fedahi, who originally hails from Afghanistan, likely hit the gas instead of his brake after sideswiping another vehicle while driving a Lincoln Town Car on New York City's West Side Highway on Wednesday. Fedahi also had a dead arm from a previous suicide attempt, giving him only one limb with which to steer,
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Jon Stewart and Brian Williams: TV News, Entertainment, and Accountability

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There has been a lot of chatter -- jokes, tweets, rueful speculation -- noting the paradox of Brian Williams' forced six-month leave from the anchor chair at "NBC Nightly News" and Jon Stewart's near-simultaneous announcement of his retirement from "The Daily Show," but the biggest irony may be this one: we all care who'll replace Stewart (if, indeed, anyone can) but aren't the least bit concerned with who's replacing Williams (Lester Holt, as it turns out). And the reason is simple: we consider fake newsman Stewart accountable, while we hold no such expectations for real newsman Williams.

The truth is, Stewart and Williams -- who seem like pals whenever the latter visits the former's show -- have a lot more in common than either would probably like to admit. They're both from Jersey, both telegenic, both funny. Indeed, it's Williams' efforts to be amusing that seem to have led to his undoing.
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David Carr, New York Times Media Columnist, Has Died at 58

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David Carr, New York Times Media Columnist, Has Died at 58
David Carr, the sharp-witted and often sharp-tongued "The Media Equation" columnist for The New York Times, collapsed in that paper's newsroom and was pronounced dead at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Thursday night, The Times reports. He was 58. The exact cause of death has yet to be determined. "David Carr was one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times," his publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., said in a statement. "He combined formidable talent as a reporter with acute judgment to become an indispensable guide to modern media. But his friends at The Times and beyond
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Tel Aviv Mayor Predicted Bob Simon Could Die in NYC Car Crash 3 Years Ago

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After spending decades traveling to war zones to report for CBS News and 60 Minutes, Bob Simon was killed in an accident while sitting in back seat of his town car in New York City at the age of 73. Now in a bizarre coda to this tragic story, it turns out that very death was predicted by the mayor of Tel Aviv during a story Simon reported in that Israeli city in 2012.
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Watch: Scott Pelley Delivers Classy Tribute to CBS’ Bob Simon

Watch: Scott Pelley Delivers Classy Tribute to CBS’ Bob Simon
Network news divisions too often engage in self-promotion and self-indulgence, but there was none of that in the classy tribute to the late “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon that bookended Thursday’s edition of “The CBS Evening News.”

Simon’s colleague, anchor Scott Pelley, opened the broadcast with a four-minute tribute to Simon, saying, “He reminded us how good journalism can be.” The newscast then closed with one of Simon’s favorite “60 Minutes” pieces, and the note that his final one — about the hunt for a cure to Ebola — would air on Sunday night, produced by Simon’s daughter, Tanya.

“Not even Bob Simon could have written a better ending,” Pelley said.

Pelley sometimes gets a bum rap for looking like the kind of anchorman that was concocted in a lab, with that perfect baritone and demeanor. But with all that’s going on in the evening news race, he should merit a second look.
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