Mike Wallace, long considered one of the most fearsome interviewers in broadcast news, has died. He was 93. A spokesman for CBS told the Associated Press that Mr. Wallace died Saturday night.
Mr. Wallace went into a kind of semi-retirement from regular appearances on 60 Minutes in 2006 but kept a promise made upon announcing his slowdown to do occasional new reports, profiling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007 as well as “suicide doctor” Jack Kevorkian.
Over the course of his 6 decades as a newsman Mike Wallace frequently went toe-to-toe with the famous and powerful in interviews legendary for their confrontational and emotional nature. As the A.P. reports in his obituary, Mr. Wallace once managed to break through Barbra Streisand’s intensely controlled public persona:
below the belt, Decline and Fall
Another shift in the TV-news landscape today, as Harry Smith–the former anchor of CBS’s beleaguered Early Show–departs for NBC News, where he will work on Brian Williams’s as-yet untitled primetime newsmagazine. The glossy allure of new projects (a new prime-time show luring talent like Mr. Smith, a new talk show for Katie Couric) Read More
Decline and Fall
Paul Freidman, CBS executive vice president for news, flew to London earlier this week to layoff some of the network’s cameramen at the London Bureau (according to Page Six, one of these men was battling cancer).
The most recent cuts in London follow broader tightening over the last two years at CBS News Read More
Another round of layoffs is coming to CBS News this fall, according to The Daily Beast’s Rebecca Dana.
The network is already in tough shape after cutting 100 jobs in February. This summer Katie Couric’s CBS Evening News saw its worst ratings in 20 years. Nobody at the news network Read More
On Sunday night, 60 Minutes will air the first major TV interview with Conan O’Brien since he left NBC.
Today, CBS News released a few tidbits from Mr. O’Brien’s interview with Steve Kroft.
At one point, Mr. O’Brien tells Mr. Kroft that (surprise, surprise) he would have handled the whole Tonight Show Read More
Kimberly Dozier, the veteran correspondent and seasoned war reporter, is leaving CBS News for a job with the Associated Press.
Ms. Dozier will serve as the AP’s new intelligence reporter.
Ron Fournier, the AP’s Washington Bureau Chief, announced the move in a memo to staff members:
I’m pleased to announce the AP’s new intelligence Read More
In a group email this morning, Sean McManus, the president of CBS sports and news, informed staff members that CBS Early Show executive producer Zev Shalev would be leaving the network in part to develop a new content project, called NewsTsar, which would launch “in the second quarter of next year.”
What’s the idea Read More
The Observer has learned that David Friedman will be replacing Zev Shalev as executive producer of CBS’ The Early Show.
Mr. Friedman most recently worked as the executive producer on NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daily. He has also had stints producing on Rosie O’Donnell’s show and on NBC’s Today.
He is the son Read More
Over the past year, Armen Keteyian, the chief investigative correspondent for CBS News, has reported on cyber-thieves in New Jersey, murder-for-hire plots in Wisconsin and teenage bomb-makers in Atlanta. But these days, Mr. Keteyian is hard at work on a story much closer to home—namely, alleged blackmail plots within his own newsroom.
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Last week, on Friday, Oct. 9, Wayne Nelson, the executive producer for Dan Rather Reports, was sitting in his office at HDNet’s headquarters in New York when an incredulous staff member ran in. Have you seen the promos for this weekend’s 60 Minutes, producer Meredith Ramsey asked? The clips touted an upcoming piece by Bob Read More