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‘CBS This Morning’ to Get New Digs

The show will take over the old Times Square studio of MTV’s “TRL”

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Beginning this fall, viewers who tune in to watch “CBS This Morning” will see a new look
to the broadcast as Variety reports that ViacomCBS is placing the program in a new
studio in New York’s Times Square.

The new studio is located in the corporate headquarters of CBS News’ parent company,
ViacomCBS, and previously hosted the long-running MTV show “TRL.” Variety adds
that the decision to unveil a new studio allows the cast to tell stories and more room to
display them to viewers.

“This gives me more options for movement and more options to play,” Executive
Producer Shawna Thomas said. “We have longer, more in-depth pieces. I am unwilling
to sacrifice that kind of storytelling; it is still our differentiator. This isn’t a knock on
cooking segments by any means. They have their place. It’s just not necessarily us.”

Discussions of moving the program to a new location have been under deliberation for
numerous months. However, they still represent one of the first significant moves by
CBS News under new executive management: Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon.

The setting for Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil, and Anthony Mason will continue facing
each other in the new environs while seated at a round table, a trademark stylistic
component of the program. However, Thomas sees new areas for discussions among
anchors and on-air guests.

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Programming Chief Michael Bass Latest to Exit CNN

“He has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced,” Licht wrote in a memo to staff. 

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The changes continue at CNN as Michael Bass, the cable news channel’s longtime programming chief, exits the company at the end of this year, per TheWarp

“Michael has demonstrated incredible leadership and perseverance” in his nearly decade-long tenure at the network, CNN boss Chris Licht said when announcing the news of Bass’ departure. 

When former CNN president Jeff Zucker exited CNN after revealing a consensual relationship with a fellow executive, Bass was part of a group of executives tapped to help lead the network on an interim basis. 

Additionally, Bass was named to Licht’s team, which includes CNN Worldwide’s executive vice president for talent and content development Amy Entelis and CNN U.S.’ executive vice president Ken Jautz.

“He has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced,” Licht wrote in a memo to staff. 

“Along with a brilliant and courageous team, Michael kept CNN live and on air as COVID-19 shut the world down … And as a part of the “Trio,” Michael, Amy, and Ken guided CNN through a difficult transition period while simultaneously overseeing our exceptional coverage of the war in Ukraine.”

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Stephanie Ruhle: Elon Musk Isn’t Trying to ‘Tank’ Twitter

On Sunday, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, one of Musk’s sharpest critics, tweeted that she doesn’t believe Musk is trying to ruin the company. 

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Billionaire Elon Musk issued pink slips at Twitter last week which prompted thousands of resignations at the platform.  

On Sunday, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, one of Musk’s sharpest critics, tweeted that she doesn’t believe Musk is trying to ruin the company. 

“I don’t buy the argument that @elonmusk is trying to tank twitter,” she said. “No one knows how it will turn out…but clearly, he’s putting in A LOT of hours wrestling with this beast.” 

In July, The Hill reported that Ruhle branded Musk a “bully” after he posted a meme making fun of Hunter Biden. 

“Imagine the positive impact you could have on the world if you used the extraordinary amount of influence and power you have to spread decency, kindness and positivity?” Ruhle said.
“Imagine if MSNBC did that,” Musk responded. 

Twitter users responded to Ruhle Sunday by sharing some thoughts of whether they feel Musk is trying to “tank” the company. 

If Twitter doesn’t make enough revenue to cover debt payments, how many shares of Telsa will Elon have to sell to cover the payments?” One user said. 

“He’s clearly trying to tank it! He or someone who pays him sees it as a place where the truth gets out, people have some power, and liberals work together. He bought it to take a wrecking ball to it, nothing he’s done looks otherwise,” posted another user. 

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Benjamin Hall Accepts Award for Courage, Commitment to Newsgathering

Hall appeared at the 4th annual Patriot Awards last week to accept an award for his courage and commitment to newsgathering.

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Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall appeared at the 4th annual Patriot Awards last week to accept an award for his courage and commitment to newsgathering. 

In March, Hall was injured in a Russian artillery attack in Kyiv, Ukraine. Pierre Zakrzewski and local Ukrainian producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed in the attack. 

The award was presented by Harris Faulkner and Johnny Joey Jones. 

“Benjamin Hall has been and continues to be an inspiration to all of us. He is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met in my life and one heck of a journalist,” Faulkner said. 

“I wish I could be there in person to pick it up, but I can’t yet. I am doing very well now. I’m walking a lot better,” stated Hall. “I’m seeing better. My injuries are getting better and that is all thanks to the people who came to save me.”  

The blast resulted in Hall losing right leg and left foot. He has lost use of one eye, one ear, and his left hand. 

“It’s thanks to the people who put me back together. The doctors, the nurses, the airmen, the soldiers who all in some sense risked their own lives to save me. So, I want to lift this award to them, I want to lift his award to them, to all of us and to everyone who is doing the same sort of things out there. Thank you all. I’ll see you soon,” he added. 

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