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  • Les Moonves Exposes the Trump Media Game

    03/03/2016 2:10:48 AM PST · by beejaa · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 3, 2016 | Stephen Miller
    The coverage of Trump is so lopsided that it’s impossible to deny any more. ...The problem isn’t that Trump is getting the coverage. Supporters of Trump no doubt see statistics like this and argue that he’s the front-runner and therefore deserves lots of coverage. This is true. But what Trump’s supporters either don’t understand or simply don’t care about is why he is getting it. ...CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves explained it in blunter terms to the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco (as The Hollywood Reporter originally reported): “It may not be good for America,...
  • Leslie Moonves and CBS Staff Heard Dismissing Robert Redford's Dan Rather Movie as "Half-Truth

    09/16/2015 10:12:20 AM PDT · by Signalman · 17 replies
    THR ^ | 9/16/2015 | Matthew Beloni
    Before its acclaimed premiere at TIFF, 'Truth' — about the scandal that ended the anchor's CBS News career — was screened for a special viewer: CBS president and CEO Moonves, who was not impressed. Truth, director James Vanderbilt's drama about the "Memogate" scandal that ended Dan Rather's CBS News career, was touted as a world premiere at Toronto. Rather himself turned up at the event to praise the film's accuracy and its (very sympathetic) portrayal of him. But it turns out the movie was shown months earlier to a special viewer: CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves. And the...
  • Les Moonves Stiffs Parking Valet Because He Only Carried Huge Wad of 100s

    06/01/2015 5:14:21 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 1, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Look at the size of that wad! It's huge! And it is all 100 dollar bills! How much you carrying there, Les? $5000? $10,000? $20,000? More? As we have seen, the networks declined to report that their CEOs including CBS CEO Les Moonves who earned over $54 million this past year were "overpaid." Perhaps they were embarrassed to report this. However, even more embarrassing is that Moonves is so cheap that he used a big wad of hundred dollar bills to stiff a restaurant parking valet out of a tip as you can see in the video on the Page Six report of the New...
  • CBS CEO Leslie Moonves: "Football Is Still the Best Thing on Television"

    09/18/2014 7:30:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 18, 2014 | Paul Bond
    CBS CEO Leslie Moonves on Wednesday alluded to problems with the NFL — presumably accusations of violence perpetrated by star players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice — but said the network's ratings for Thursday Night Football were "above expectations."
  • At CBS, a Public Show of Support for Couric (Mooves' Kiss of Death - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/19/2008 11:23:15 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies · 285+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2008 | Howard Kurtz
    CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves gave his embattled anchor and her news division a vote of confidence yesterday, telling a staff meeting that Katie Couric "is my anchor today, tomorrow and in the future." But the public display does not change the reality that Couric is likely to relinquish the anchor chair after the election, according to two top network executives who declined to be named discussing a private meeting. Moonves asked to address the Friday staff meeting, held at the CBS News offices in New York and broadcast to network bureaus around the world, out of concern that Couric...
  • War Inside CBS News (Drudge Siren Alert)

    02/15/2005 6:23:14 PM PST · by HRoarke · 345 replies · 16,543+ views
    Drudge ^ | 2/15/05 | Drudge
    THE NEW YORK OBSERVER will report tomorrow: 'Former 60 Minutes Wednesday executive editor Josh Howard has told colleagues that before he resigns, the 23-year CBS News veteran will demand that the network retract remarks by CBS president Leslie Moonves, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name'... In the event of a lawsuit, Mr. Howard has told associates that he would like to see Moonves put under oath to talk about his own roles in the network's stubborn, hapless defense of the flawed segment on President Bush's National Guard service. Howard has also indicated to colleagues that he...
  • Don Imus Felt 'Forced' to Make Public Apologies

    08/15/2007 6:56:14 AM PDT · by jdm · 34 replies · 1,219+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 15, 2007 | By Roger Friedman
    <--snip--> More surprisingly though comes news now about why Imus suddenly turned up on Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio show so quickly after his firing — and did a lot of press that some people feel harmed him and fed the controversy. Some feel all those media appearances led to Imus’ dismissal. Now I’m told that Imus was coaxed into doing them by NBC senior vice president Phil Griffin. Imus, sources say, wanted to just to apologize to the Rutgers women’s basketball team he offended and leave it at that. In fact, they say, he apologized to the team several times...
  • CBS Chief: Rather Comments Were `Sexist'

    06/12/2007 2:18:54 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 12 replies · 728+ views
    AP ^ | Jun 12, 2007 | SETH SUTEL
    NEW YORK (AP) - CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves shot back at former CBS news anchor Dan Rather on Tuesday, saying his characterization of the network "tarting" up its newscast with anchor Katie Couric was "sexist." Rather, speaking by phone on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program with Joe Scarborough Monday, said CBS had made the mistake of taking the evening news broadcast and "dumbing it down, tarting it up," and playing up topics such as celebrities over war coverage. The comments subsequently appeared in blogs and in a story published Tuesday in the New York Daily News and the New...
  • (Flashback: Les Moonves on "Opie and Anthony") CBS Corp Q1 2006 Conf. Call

    04/14/2007 7:59:20 AM PDT · by MockTurtle · 15 replies · 464+ views
    Excerpt: For instance, the new Jacked and Spanish formats have shown success in many major markets and this week’s return of Opie and Anthony is a good example of the flexibility of the radio business. We made a quick mid course change and brought in proven talent who we believe should greatly improve the revenue and profit performance of our nation’s largest east coast markets. These guys were number 1 in their day part when they were last on our air in 2002, and we look forward to the new excitement they will bring to the morning beginning with their...
  • Poll: Katie Couric hasn't wowed us yet (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/12/2006 8:12:16 AM PDT · by abb · 30 replies · 1,259+ views
    Media Life ^ | September 12, 2006 | Diego Vasquez
    Media buyers see new CBS anchor sinking By Diego Vasquez Sep 12, 2006 Katie Couric's debut as network television's first lone woman anchor is important for a lot of reasons beyond Couric herself, and not the least is what success or failure will mean for network news. A rise to No. 1 for the longtime No. 3 "CBS Evening News" broadcast would surely bring about major changes at NBC and ABC. But a week after Couric's debut, that's probably not going to happen. On her first night, Couric shot up to No. 1 in the ratings, and while she finished...
  • CBS chief says regrets unceremonious Rather exit

    06/21/2006 3:46:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies · 1,104+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 21, 2006 | Reuters
    CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said on Wednesday he was sorry about the bitter departure of newsman Dan Rather, who left the broadcaster after protracted talks to renew his contract fell apart. watchers said Rather appeared to have been slowly pushed off the air... "I'm sorry it ended the way it did," Moonves told executives at a PricewaterhouseCoopers media event. "There was no bigger role for him to play anymore," ...
  • Stern Takes His Case to Hannity & Colmes (March 7-8).

    03/07/2006 5:22:14 PM PST · by Wolfie · 28 replies · 966+ views
    Media Week ^ | March 6, 2006
    Stern Takes His Case to Hannity & Colmes Faced with legal action from CBS Radio, Howard Stern is taking his case to the court of public opinion, beginning with an exclusive interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes show (9-10 p.m. ET) Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7-8. It's Stern's first TV interview since CBS filed suit against Stern last week. Stern is expected to speak with Hannity about a number of issues, including the multi-million-dollar lawsuit against him and his experiences since he left terrestrial radio to join Sirius Satellite Radio. Among the allegations...
  • McManus Replaces Heyward As CBS News Head

    10/26/2005 1:31:18 PM PDT · by BushisTheMan · 9 replies · 398+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/25/05 | DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
    NEW YORK - CBS on Wednesday appointed its top sports executive, Sean McManus, to replace Andrew Heyward as head of a news division still searching for Dan Rather's replacement and seeking to rebound from last year's discredited report on President Bush's military service. McManus, 50, follows in the path of the late Roone Arledge at ABC as an executive who took over a network news division while still running sports. Heyward will leave two months shy of his 10th anniversary running the legendary news division, a distant third in the ratings in both the morning and evening yet still the...
  • NYT: '60 Minutes' May Be Too Few for All the Stars - CBS Ponders Depth on Bench after Death of Show

    06/03/2005 6:13:54 AM PDT · by OESY · 23 replies · 816+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 3, 2005 | JACQUES STEINBERG
    A year after it changed executive producers for the first time in its 37-year history, the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" is in the midst of yet another transition. After the chairman of CBS, Leslie Moonves, announced last month that he was canceling the Wednesday spinoff of the Sunday program because of low ratings, the news division has been struggling to relocate about 75 producers, editors, assistants and others who worked on the weekday broadcast; at least 40 of them are expected to lose their jobs, with the remainder dispersed to other programs, including the Sunday edition of "60 Minutes,"...
  • CBS Cancels Wednesday '60 Minutes'

    05/18/2005 9:10:58 AM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 32 replies · 1,346+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18, 2005 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK - CBS said Wednesday it is cancelling the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes," insisting the decision was made because of poor ratings and not last fall's ill-fated story about President Bush's military service Dan Rather, the newsmagazine's lead correspondent, will contribute stories to the Sunday edition of "60 Minutes," said CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves. "This was a ratings call, not a content call," Moonves said Wednesday. The newsmagazine spinoff was where Rather reported last September that Bush skirted some duty while in the Texas Air National Guard and a commander felt pressure to sugarcoat an evaluation of him....
  • Bill Burkett Fights Back: A key player in the Dan Rather Memogate saga sends.........

    02/22/2005 3:36:35 PM PST · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 25 replies · 1,568+ views
    Salon ^ | 2-22-2005 | Eric Boehlert
    <p>If CBS CEO Leslie Moonves had hoped the investigation by an independent panel into the network's botched "60 Minutes Wednesday" feature regarding President Bush's National Guard duty would be enough to put the controversy behind the media giant, recent days have brought him unsettling developments. Five weeks after the panel issued its 224-page report; those it singled out for wrongdoing are fighting back -- taking issue with the investigation as well as the Viacom-owned network. The new rumblings suggest that the sour taste of CBS's National Guard story may linger for months to come. And it will almost certainly remain beyond the network's planned farewell next month for longtime anchor Dan Rather, who was the on-camera reporter for the story.</p>
  • War in CBS

    02/15/2005 7:46:13 PM PST · by Anti-Christ is Hillary · 29 replies · 1,424+ views
    DrudgeReport ^ | 2-15-05 | DrudgeReport
    THE NEW YORK OBSERVER will report tomorrow: 'Former 60 Minutes Wednesday executive editor Josh Howard has told colleagues that before he resigns, the 23-year CBS News veteran will demand that the network retract remarks by CBS president Leslie Moonves, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name'... In the event of a lawsuit, Mr. Howard has told associates that he would like to see Moonves put under oath to talk about his own roles in the network's stubborn, hapless defense of the flawed segment on President Bush's National Guard service. Howard has also indicated to colleagues that he...
  • My Fair Leslie (Poor Moonves is doing not a little to bring CBS News into the MTV age.)

    01/20/2005 10:20:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 541+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 1/21/2005 | Reid Collins
    By George, he's got it! Yes, Leslie Moonves has hit upon the formula for reversing all that Henry Higgins taught Eliza Doolittle about the king's English. And all some newscasters once held sacred. And not just pronunciation, either; the whole kit & kaboodle -- spelling, usage, construction. You name it, and if your name for it is a bit risqué, what the heck, that's how people friggin' talk nowadays. Moonves, president of CBS for those just back from Mars, is taking the occasion of the news division's embarrassment over the 60 Minutes airing of memos of dubious authorship assailing President...

    01/19/2005 1:56:31 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 774+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/19/05 | MICHAEL STARR and PAUL THARP
    In its search to replace Dan Rather and regain its stature, CBS might hire several anchors for different cities — but experts think Katie Couric won't be among them. CBS Chief Les Moonves wouldn't comment on Couric, but suggested yesterday he can grow his own stars — at much lower salaries — and create a trendy new format for young TV viewers in the Internet age. Moonves, who discussed his anchor problem publicly for the first time, said young viewers are turned off by Rather's style of "Moses from-the-mountaintop" proclamations. [snip] He said CBS wants to reshape its news...
  • AP: CBS Probe Leaves Unanswered Questions

    01/16/2005 7:23:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 933+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/16/05 | David Bauder
    NEW YORK - CBS hoped that the release of an independent probe of its ill-fated story on President Bush (news - web sites)'s military service, painful as it was, would at least lift the cloud over its news division. If only it were that simple. The report, and the network's response to it, left some questions unresolved: _ How does CBS News President Andrew Heyward effectively lead when there's widespread surprise — including, undoubtedly, in his own shop — at how he kept his job when four others were fired for their roles in the news organization's worst embarrassment in...