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Scott Pelley to Anchor ‘CBS Evening News’ Live From Cleveland on Tuesday

31 October 2016 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With just days to go until United States citizens decide on the nation’s next President, “The CBS Evening News” will launch a multi-part series that will go direct to voters in different parts of the country to get their thoughts on many of the issues at stake in the current election.

The series, ““Closing Arguments,” will feature issue-based original reporting from across the U.S. and abroad as well as interviews with voters in battleground states. The series begins Monday, October 31. CBS News correspondents will also report from Russia and Mexico about the roles those countries have played in the 2016 campaign.

On Tuesday night, for example, Pelley will anchor the program live from Cleveland, Ohio, and offer insight into the attitudes of voters in and around Cleveland. “Ohio is the most evenly divided state. It’s the perfect place to listen to the hopes, fears and frustrations of voters in 2016,” said Pelley. On »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘CBS Evening News’ Chief Gets in Front of the Camera for Train Crash

29 September 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steve Capus has been around the TV-news business for years, but he typically operates from behind the scenes.

On Thursday, that changed. Capus, the executive producer of “CBS Evening News” and a former NBC News president, began reporting live from Hoboken, N.J,, where a New Jersey transit train crashed.

He has filed phone and video reports from the scene for Cbsn, the digital streaming news network that is part of CBS News and for a special report on CBS that was anchored by Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, co-hosts of “CBS This Morning.”


- Variety Staff

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Why CBS News Is Happy With Growth Despite a 3rd Place Finish

27 September 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning” finished behind rival programs on ABC and NBC during the 2015-2016 season, but CBS executives are happy anyway. “This news division, I think, has become the envy of the news profession,” CBS News executive editor and “Evening News” executive producer Steve Capus told TheWrap. “Given what we’re doing and the kind of things we’re doing and the success that we’re having doing it.” Capus is referring to CBS finishing the season as the only network news division with audience growth on both morning and evening news broadcasts. A third place »

- Brian Flood

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CBS News’ Scott Pelley on ‘Transformative Development’ of Abandoning Sky Box for DNC Coverage

27 July 2016 3:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Updated: Philadelphia — It’s such a simple notion as to be downright radical: While every other major broadcaster at the Democratic National Convention is anchoring news reports from sky boxes high above the floor of the Wells Fargo Arena here, CBS has gone old school. The network of Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite and its current evening news anchor, Scott Pelley, is delivering the news from a booth right on the floor of the Wells Fargo Arena.

Pelley and the rest of the CBS team have been having a strong week, as Hillary Clinton prepares to accept the nomination as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. “CBS Evening News” recently notched its best ratings in a decade, powered in good measure by its coverage of Campaign 2016.

Pelley, who turns 59 on Thursday, feels like the network’s roost on the floor of the convention is bringing viewers an immediacy unmatched by any of its »

- James Rainey

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CBS Taps 30-Piece Orchestra for New Sound for ‘CBS Evening News’

31 May 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Scott Pelley takes the desk of “The CBS Evening News” Tuesday evening, he will do so in new surroundings – of a sort.

The venerable newscast this evening will debut a new musical theme and new graphics elements, part of an effort to lend the show a new look as it continues to emphasize enterprise reporting and investigative journalism and distinguish itself from rivals on NBC and ABC. In recent weeks, the show has tinkered with the backdrops and camera angles it uses to create views that are more striking. The tweaks coincide with anchor Scott Pelley’s fifth anniversary at the helm of the broadcast.

“The revamped headlines, theme music and opening animation are sharp and sophisticated and will let our production and reporting teams showcase their considerable talents and storytelling expertise,” said Steve Capus, executive producer of “CBS Evening News,” in a prepared statement.

CBS News in November asked Joel Beckerman, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Lifetime Scrapped Plans for Morning-News Movie That Put Spotlight on ‘Today’

10 May 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Lifetime movie that was supposed to cast a jaundiced eye on the war between the nation’s most-watched morning-news programs will not see the light of day at the cable network.

Lifetime generated headlines when it announced its intention to develop a TV movie based on CNN media reporter Brian Stelter’s 2013 tome “Top of the Morning.” The book took readers behind the scenes of NBC’s “Today” show in 2012 as it suffered amid ratings declines and the ouster of then co-anchor Ann Curry, all while it grappled with losing the morning TV crown to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Some pundits even offered their takes on which actors should play each of the morning personalities involved in the a.m. drama.

But Lifetime, part of A+E Networks, a joint venture of Disney and Hearst, let its option on the project lapse several months ago, according to three people familiar with the situation. »

- Brian Steinberg

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CBS Will Revamp ‘CBS Evening News’ on Weekends

2 May 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS is retooling its weekend evening-news broadcast in an effort to align its TV and broadband operations more closely and cut some of the costs from a show that is routinely pre-empted by sports coverage and other weekend programming.

As a result, a new iteration of the broadcast will appear. Gone from the weekends will be the storied “CBS Evening News” title. In its place? “CBS Weekend News.” The new program will have new anchors and could have more stories in the mix that have appeared on Cbsn, the live-streaming news service CBS launched in late 2014. Reena Ninan and Elaine Quijano (pictured, above), will anchor the program on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both also serve as anchors on Cbsn.

“Given the number of sports overruns and out-and-out pre-emptions, it would be better for us as a news organization to come up with what I think is a smarter, 24-hour approach to covering the world, »

- Brian Steinberg

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