Les Moonves is the media industry's biggest booster of traditional broadcast television - yet he's placing lots of bets on a digital future. Brian Stelter sat down with the CBS Corporation CEO in his boardroom for a wide-ranging conversation.
The audience is in charge, and "my job is to reach them wherever I can," Moonves said. Here's more:
The world is really very, very different. Look, we run a broadcast network. 75+ percent of our audience still watches the shows in their time period. In other words, they tune in 8:00 on Tuesday night to watch 'NCIS.' And 8:00 on Thursday to watch 'The Big Bang Theory.'
And that number will come down. It will come down. And for that 25 percent, you know, the great news is - you know, that number is going to continue to go up - we want to be available to reach people everywhere."
"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart rarely grants interviews. But he recently spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour about his directorial debut, "Rosewater," and about his future.
With his "Daily Show" contract expiring next year, Stewart was candid about the fact that he's not sure what he will do next. But he's all but ruling out a serious news anchoring job. "That I don't believe is in danger of happening," he said. "I can pretty confidently state that I will not have my own 'room of situations.'"
What's behind MSNBC's recent ratings slide? And what's the future for truly "liberal TV?" Former "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather and former MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan weigh in.
Were the midterm results sweet revenge for liberal media bias? Conservative media watchdog Brent Bozell, the founder of the Media Research Center, says yes, and he lays out his case with Brian Stelter in the above video.
"Republicans, I think traditionally, have done a horrific job at telling their story, at talking to the press," Bozell said.
"I think there's this attitude among some that it's not worth it. There's some that believe that it's beneath them to do it. Some don't understand the importance of this."
Remember the time a Republican congressman, Michael Grimm of New York, threatened to break a reporter "in half" and throw him off a balcony in the Capitol? Grimm was reelected on Tuesday, despite the fact that he's under indictment for fraud charges.
So Brian Stelter wanted to hear more from the reporter - Michael Scotto of New York City's cable news channel NY1. Grimm's threat came last January after Scotto tried to ask him a question about the fraud allegations. Scotto says he would "definitely" ask Grimm the same question again.
What was that Weather Channel reporter doing in the snow? The answer, and two of the week's other media stories you've gotta see.