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John Dickerson could hardly have picked two better subjects to exhibit his grit, or lack thereof, as the new anchor of “Face the Nation,” a promotion he received after Bob Schieffer’s emotional sendoff. Yet hosting two combative figures from the right and left – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio – seemingly exposed Dickerson as someone who will be courtly to a fault, allowing his guests to deliver complete answers but scarcely challenging them on anything.
In his unflappable demeanor and style, Dickerson does seem to fit the CBS News mold established by Scott Pelley, the kind of guy who looks like he wakes up with his shirt pressed and hair perfectly in place. But the new host also conveys a sense that he sees his role strictly as asking the questions and letting politicians run through their talking points.
While that approach doesn »
- Brian Lowry
Nielsen estimates that the first half-hour of the public affairs program averaged 3.95 million viewers, or roughly 50% more than the comparable week a year ago. It also was up about 40% in the key news demo of adults 25-54 (to about 600,000 viewers).
The May 31 broadcast featured interviews with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and CIA Director John Brennan, as well as Schieffer’s goodbye to the audience after 24 years behind the “Face the Nation” desk.
In addition to winning eight Emmys, Schieffer was named a living legend by the Library of Congress in 2008 and inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2013. His other CBS posts have included lengthy stints as Chief Washington Correspondent and anchor of the summer and weekend editions of the “CBS Evening News.”
For the 2014-15 television season, »
- Rick Kissell
An average audience of 3.949 million tuned in last Sunday to say so long to Bob Schieffer as host of CBS’ Face The Nation – his biggest crowd since January 18. Schieffer’s swan song beat closest competitor, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos-hosted This Week (2.818 million) by more than a million viewers. NBC’s Chuck Todd-helmed Meet The Press clocked 2.469 million viewers. Compared to the same day last year, Schieffer’s show was up 52% in viewers and 40% in the news demo… »
Bob Schieffer hosted CBS News' Face The Nation for the last time today. In early April, Schieffer, 78, announced he would retire after 46 years at CBS News and his 24th anchoring CBS' Sunday Beltway show, which just finished the May sweep with a first place finish in total viewers and in the news demo.Schieffer had made the announcement at the annual Schieffer Symposium at Texas Christian University, his alma mater, explaining, "Because this is where my professional… »
“I’ll be honest, I’m going to miss being in the middle of things, but the one thing I will never forget is the trust you placed in me and how nice you were to have me as a guest in your home over so many years,” Schieffer said during Sunday’s show. “That meant the world to me. It always will.”
Schieffer has moderated “Face the Nation” since 1991 and announced he was retiring in April. John Dickerson will replace him and starts June 7.
The journalist also anchored the Saturday edition of “CBS Evening News” for 23 years and has also served as chief Washington correspondent for CBS News, spending 46 years at the Eye.
“Maybe it’s because I just love the news, but at the time, »
- Alex Stedman
After more than four decades at CBS News, Bob Schieffer called it a career Sunday as he hosted his last edition of “Face the Nation.” During the broadcast, Schieffer talked about his impending retirement and recalled how much he enjoyed working at CBS, saying, “I’m going to miss being in the middle of things.” The show began with the legendary newsman interviewing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on his status as an undeclared presidential candidate. The Republican insisted he has not yet made a decision, but promised one is coming soon. “I hope I’m a candidate in the near future, »
- Anita Bennett
Bob Schieffer said goodbye on Sunday's Face the Nation. Schieffer, who has served as moderator of the CBS news program since 1991, announced in April that he would be retiring from CBS News. John Dickerson will replace him as host of Face the Nation, beginning June 7. "I'll be honest, I'm going to miss being in the middle of things, but the one thing I will never forget is the trust you placed in me and how nice you were to have me as a guest in your home over so many years," Schieffer said during his final broadcast.
- Ryan Gajewski
Bob Schieffer will retire Sunday from his post as anchor on CBS News' Face the Nation, a position he has held for 24 years. In a tweet Friday night, Schieffer addressed his approaching retirement: "I'm a lucky guy. Started reporting when I was 20 & Sunday is my last day as @FacetheNation host. We'll do what we always do, report the news." Read More Bob Schieffer Retiring From CBS News Schieffer announced the news of his retirement in a speech at his alma mater, Tcu in Ft. Worth, Texas, on April 8: "You know, I'm one of the luckiest
- Natalie Stone
After hitting a rough ratings patch, television’s longest-running program — NBC’s “Meet the Press” — seems to have turned a corner and ended the season on a high note.
The Sunday morning public affairs show, which has been moderated by Chuck Todd since last September, posted nice year-over-year ratings gains for the May sweep. According to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates, it shot up 31% in adults 25-54 (to 826,000) and 11% in total viewers (to 2.61 million). These were the NBC program’s top May sweep averages in three years.
“Meet the Press” still finished in third place, but was competitive with both CBS’ “Face the Nation” (891,000 adults 25-54 and 3.24 million viewers overall for its nationally-distributed first half-hour) and ABC’s “This Week” (881,000 adults 25-54 and 2.63 million viewers overall).
And though the 25-54 demo is the one most closely watched in the news business, “Meet the Press” could claim victory in the younger-adult »
- Rick Kissell
With the 2014-15 television season in the books, the Schieffer-hosted “Face the Nation” is celebrating its largest audience since the 1987 advent of Nielsen’s people meters (3.42 million), up 5% from last year. By comparison, ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” averaged 2.85 million viewers, and NBC’s “Meet the Press” averaged 2.83 million. (“Face the Nation” benefits in comparisons to the other networks’ shows because only its first half-hour is included in averages; its two half-hours air back-to-back in just about 76% of the country.)
In the key news demo of adults 25-54, “Face the Nation” (0.8 rating for its first half-hour) finished ahead of “This Week” and “Meet the Press” (both at 0.7 for their hours).
Capping a journalism career spanning 52 years, Schieffer is retiring this summer from CBS News »
- Rick Kissell
Téa Leoni and new beau Tim Daly, her co-star on Madam Secretary, made their most major public debut as a couple on Saturday, on the red carpet at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington D.C. The 48-year-old actress wore a chic black gown with a high neckline and slit, paired with a sheer black cape, silver brooch and black sandals and smiled as she posed for photos with Daly, 59, who donned a black tux and black bow tie. The two play a married couple on the CBS show Madam Secretary, in which Leoni stars as the U.S. Secretary of State. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and CBS News TV journalist Bob Schieffer joined the two on the red carpet and »
Jake Tapper has joined the roster of new journalists taking part in TV’s Sunday talk-show fray.
Tapper, who joined CNN in January 2013 from ABC News, will be the new host of “State of the Union,” the Time Warner-owned outlet’s Sunday politics-focused talk show, Tapper confirmed on Twitter on Friday morning. He replaces Candy Crowley, who anchored the show for years and left CNN late last year. A rotating group of hosts have filled her seat in the interim.
Tapper is expected to start the new role in June, while continuing to anchor his late-afternoon weekday program, “The Lead.”
He will take the reins of the program as several new faces surface at the Sunday-morning programs, which have long been viewed as a venue for sophisticated discussion of complex issues. John Dickerson is slated this summer to take over CBS’ “Face the Nation” from Bob Schieffer this summer. Chuck Todd »
- Brian Steinberg
Katee Sackhoff is going back to the future.
The Battlestar Galactica alumna is set to create and star in the evolutionary drama Rain, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Described as a futuristic parable that examines the long-term effects of global warming and other ominous events, Rain will star Sackhoff as a soldier who explores the future of the human species.
Sackhoff also will write and executive-produce the project — which is currently being shopped around and has not yet found a home — alongside Continuum‘s Tom Rowe. Her recent TV credits include Longmire, »
CBS wants to add something extra to the ranks of the decades-old Sunday-morning talk shows: shoe leather.
Rather than turning to a veteran TV anchor with decades of hosting and interviewing under his or her belt, CBS said Sunday it would fill Bob Schieffer’s seat at “Face the Nation” with an operative with years of experience in longer-form reporting and analysis as well as traveling a beat.
John Dickerson, who will this summer take the reins of what is typically the most-watched among the nation’s Sunday public-affairs program, has logged years covering politics for Slate and Time magazine and has spent nearly 20 years in Washington covering the White House, Congress and economics. He authored a longform series on presidential attributes, which won the Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.
- Brian Steinberg
CBS News Political Director John Dickerson will succeed the retiring Bob Schieffer as host of CBS News’s Sunday Beltway show, Face the Nation, when Schieffer steps down “this summer,” Schieffer announced on this morning’s show. Schieffer, 78, noted there's been much speculation as to who would take his place on the program since last Wednesday, when he announced his retirement, at the annual Schieffer Symposium at Texas Christian University, his alma mater. "I'm happy to… »
John Dickerson, CBS News political director, will replace Bob Schieffer as host of “Face the Nation,” Schieffer announced on the program Sunday. “Now the obvious question is, who’s going to take this seat?” said the retiring Schieffer. “I’m happy to say the answer is my friend CBS News political director John Dickerson, who’s been on this broadcast 83 times and he sure has the right bloodlines.” Dickerson joined Schieffer on the broadcast and responded, “I’m thrilled. I have watched Bob my whole professional life not just as a viewer but as a daily reporter who also covered the Hill. »
- Anita Bennett
CBS News political director John Dickerson will replace the retiring Bob Schieffer as moderator of Face the Nation. Schieffer made the announcement on Sunday's show. Dickerson's first broadcast as host will come this summer. Schieffer noted that Dickerson "sure has the right bloodlines" for the assignment. Dickerson's mother, Nancy, was the first female correspondent in the CBS News Washington bureau. Read More Bob Schieffer Retiring From CBS News Schieffer — the 78-year-old chief Washington correspondent of CBS News — announced Wednesday that he would be leaving the job early this summer. Schieffer has been with CBS News since 1969. Dickerson takes over
- Marisa Guthrie
Schieffer announced the appointment at the close of Sunday’s telecast. Dickerson is the son of Nancy Dickerson, the first female correspondent to work in CBS News’ Washington bureau and an associate producer on “Face the Nation” at its inception in 1954.
Dickerson will take over the anchor desk on the Sunday morning public affairs show from Schieffer this summer, just in time to rev up for the 2016 presidential race. Schieffer confirmed his plan to retire after a 46-year career with CBS News.
“John is first and foremost a reporter — and that’s what he’ll be as anchor of ‘Face the Nation’,” said CBS News president David Rhodes. “His work in the studio will always be informed by what he’s learned in Iowa, in New Hampshire, on Capitol Hill— anywhere there’s news. »
- Cynthia Littleton
After almost 50 years with CBS News, Bob Schieffer has announced that he will be retiring from his Face the Nation post this summer. The journalist made the announcement during the annual Schieffer Symposium at his alma matter, Texas Christian University. "Because [this was] where it all started for me…I wanted you all to be the first to know that this summer I'm going to retire," he told the crowd. "It's been a great adventure. I'm one of the luckiest people in the world, because as a little boy, as a young reporter, I always wanted to be a journalist, and I got to do that." The 78-year-old has been with the network for 46 years and has moderated the popular »
End of an era! Bob Schieffer announced on Wednesday, April 8, that he is planning to retire. The Face the Nation anchor, 78, will hang up his hat this summer after decades on the air. Schieffer made the announcement at his alma mater Texas Christian University, where the communications college is named after him. Speaking during the 11th annual Schieffer Symposium, the veteran newsman told the crowd, "Because this is where my professional career began, this is where I wanted all of you to be the first to [...] »
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