Andy Rooney, the “60 Minutes” commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays – a unique genre he is credited with inventing – died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.
“It’s a sad day at ’60 Minutes’ and for everybody here at CBS News,” said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”
Rooney had announced on Oct. 2, 2011 in his 1,097th essay for “60 Minutes” that he would no longer appear regularly.
Rooney wrote for television since its birth, spending more than 60 years at CBS, 30 of them behind the camera as a writer and producer, first for entertainment and then news programming, before becoming a television personality – a role he said he was never comfortable in. He preferred to be known as a writer and was the author of best-selling books and a national newspaper column, in addition to his “60 Minutes” essays.
More info at CBS News.
More change (upheaval?) at CNN. Brian Stelter of the NY Times reports that Soledad O’Brien, one of its former morning anchors, will start anchoring from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays. Ashleigh Banfield, until recently a correspondent for ABC News, will start co-anchoring from 5 to 7 a.m.
The plan, described by three people with direct knowledge of it, will effectively dismantle “American Morning,” which has had about 10 co-anchors in its 10 years on CNN. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the changes had not been announced. A CNN spokeswoman declined to comment on Sunday.
“American Morning” trails the three broadcast networks, “Fox and Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” as well as sister network HLN’s “Morning Express” with Robin Meade” in the ratings. The show never recovered from the loss of John Roberts at the beginning of the year. Roberts is now a high profile anchor on Fox News.
CNN has not yet officially announced that Ashleigh Banfield, the former high profile NBC reporter and currently a host on TruTV, is joining the network.
Advertising Age has reported that 10-year veteran CNN correspondent Alan Chertoff is leaving the network to join PR-industry giant Fleishman-Hillard. Chernoff will be based in Fleishman’s New York office and serve as a full-time business media consultant.
It seems many familiar faces on CNN have left the company in the past year. Is it just me, or is it a major trend?
Roy Greenslade, the media critic of the UK’s Guardian newspaper, recently profiled Jason Mattera, the 28 year old editor of of Human Events, a conservative magazine and website and his unorthodox questioning of Vice President Joe Biden. The unabashedly liberal Greenslade lauds Mattera’s aggressive tactics to get to the truth.
Check out the story at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2011/oct/30/us-press-publishing-joebiden
With little fanfare, the Ailes Apprentice Program at Fox News just graduated its 7th annual class on October 26th. Fox identifies talented young people, from minority communities, and mentors them into the mainstream of corporate success.
This year’s graduating class includes Bryan Llenas, Amanda Morales, Steven Soto and Georeen Tanner. Former New York Mayor David Dinkins is one of the patrons of the program. Attending this year’s graduation were (pictured from left to right) Fox News Correspondent Geraldo Rivera, Mayor Dinkins, former astronaut and California Congressional candidate Jose Hernandez and Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
In addition, Ailes also announced that he was giving two $10,000 scholarships to students at St. Augustine and Hofstra University.