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CBS News Takes Home 20 National Headliner Awards

The network announced that its television and radio side earned seven first-place honors and 13 second-place and third-place honors in the 88th National Headliner Awards.

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CBS News is taking home some silverware as the news division received recognition with 20 National Headliner Awards, one of the oldest and largest annual contests. These awards spotlight outstanding journalism in newspapers, photography, radio, television, and online.

The network announced that its television and radio side earned seven first-place honors and 13 second-place and third-place honors in the 88th National Headliner Awards.

When it comes to the television side of the first place awards for CBS News, 60 Minutes: “The Final Act,” 48 Hours: “What Happened to the Perfect Child?” and CBS Sunday Morning: “On Point” received that first-place recognition for the journalist reporting on those pieces. 

On the radio side, “CBS News World News Roundup,” “Assault On The U.s. Capitol,” and “CBS News Radio – One Year Later.”

This year’s CBS News second-place honorees are:

  • CBS SUNDAY MORNING: “Bullseye” – Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators Feature, Sports or Human Interest – Lee Cowan, Dustin Stephens and David Bhagat
  • THE CBS EVENING NEWS with NORAH O’DONNELL: Oct. 13, 2021 – Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators Newscast – CBS EVENING NEWS with NORAH O’DONNELL staff
  • 60 MINUTES: “Geldingadalir” – Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators Health/Science Reporting – Bill Whitaker, Heather Abbott, Sean Kelly and LaCrai Mitchell
  • THE FALL OF AFGHANISTAN – Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators Breaking News or Continuing Coverage – CBS News Radio staff

The CBS News third-place honorees are:

  • CBS SUNDAY MORNING: “Home Free?” – Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators Feature, Sports or Human Interest – Lee Cowan, Amol Mhatre and Remington Korper
  • CBS SUNDAY MORNING: “Behind the Badge” – Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators News Magazine Program – CBS SUNDAY MORNING staff
  • CBS SUNDAY MORNING: “For the Birds” – Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators Environmental Reporting – Martha Teichner, Mary Lou Teel and David Bhagat
  • CBS SUNDAY MORNING: “COVID: One Year Later” – Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators Pandemic Coverage/Project – Alan Golds, Martha Teichner and Ed Givnish
  • THE QUEEN CARRIES ON: A GAYLE KING SPECIAL – Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators Documentary or Series of Reports on the Same Subject – CBS News and 48 HOURS staff
  • CBS NEWS TOP OF THE HOUR: April 21, 2021 – 7 AM – Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators Newscast – Deborah Rodriguez, Matt Cherry and Steve Futterman, CBS News Radio
  • THE DEBRIEF with MAJOR GARRETT: “Insurrection: Capitol Hell” – Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators Documentary or Public Affairs – Major Garrett, Arden Farhi and Jamie Benson, CBS News Radio
  • CBS NEWS SPECIAL SERIES, 20 YEARS LATER, AMERICA REMEMBERS 9/11 – Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators News Series – CBS News Radio staff
  • THE DEBRIEF with MAJOR GARRETT: “Virus of Hate” – Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators Pandemic Coverage/Project – Major Garrett, Arden Farhi and Jamie Benson, CBS Radio News

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams to Retire

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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NBC News has announced Justice Department and Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams will be retiring from the company. The reporter has been with the network for nearly three decades and has been at the forefront of many breaking news stories in Washington, DC. 

“Pete has been one of the nation’s foremost authorities covering the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice for nearly three decades,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a memo to staff

“His career has been defined by his reputation for accuracy, reliability, and unmatched expertise in the subjects he covers.” 

Williams has covered various topics for NBC News, including the court cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. Earlier this year, the correspondent was the one who reported the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would retire at the end of the current term.

“In short, for generations of NBC News reporters, working alongside Pete has been a daily masterclass in journalism. But perhaps more importantly, it has been a masterclass in what it means to be a good colleague,” Oppenheim added.

“Pete’s decency, kindness, and generosity are unmatched. For those that know Pete well, it’s his warmth, humor, wit, and compassion that will be missed most.”

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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Chris Licht: CNN Must Be Beacon of Journalism to Functional Democracy

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said

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CNN’s new president Chris Licht shed some light on the direction he plans to take the company at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront. 

Licht spoke at the presentation alongside Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who expressed that CNN will be organized “to advocate for journalism first” and deliver for viewers “seeking more accurate information and less yelling and conflict.”

Furthermore, Licht proposed similar aspirations as he summarized his plan for the cable news channel to double down on what many might call sane news. 

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said, per Mediaite.

“In a time where extremes are dominating cable news, we will seek to go a different way — reflecting the real lives of our viewers and elevating the way America and the world views this medium.”

The new CNN president also vows to “challenge the traditional philosophy of cable news, delivering programming and commentary that questions the status quo, shatters group-think, holds our leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to facts, and fights fearlessly to get to the truth.”

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