By Brian Stelter, CNN
Thursday Night Football is coming to broadcast television for the first time.
The National Football League announced on Wednesday that it had awarded the TV rights to eight Thursday games to CBS (CBS, Fortune 500), buttressing what has been a mutually beneficial relationship between the NFL and its partners at the broadcast networks.
The deal will only apply to the 2014 season, though the NFL could opt to extend it through 2015. The NFL Network, which has carried Thursday games on cable for nearly a decade, will simulcast the eight that will be on CBS, and will carry eight other games exclusively.
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, credited the NFL Network with building Thursday "into a night for NFL fans." He added in a statement that the NFL's goal "is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS."
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By Brian Stelter, CNN
Maybe it was Beyonce, or maybe it was the Beatles. (Actually, it was probably both.) The Grammy Awards attracted 28.5 million viewers to CBS on Sunday night, which is essentially a modern-day record for the annual music awards show.
CBS described it in a press release as "the second largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993." Awards shows in general have been on a ratings upswing in recent years. One oft-cited reason is that, since they're big live events, they stand out in an increasingly on-demand television world.
Sunday's telecast would have been the biggest since 1993, period, were it not for the tragic circumstances of the 2012 Grammys. That year, Whitney Houston died less than 24 hours before the awards telecast, causing a dramatic surge in viewership the next day. (The average viewership was about 40 million.)
The Grammys are typically the second most popular awards show of the year behind the Academy Awards. This year's average viewership was just a smidge higher than last year's average of 28.4 million. (CBS pointed out that a more apples-to-apples comparison was between this year and 2010, the last time the Grammys were scheduled in January instead of February to avoid the Winter Olympics. In 2010, 25.9 million viewers tuned in.)
By Becky Perlow, CNN
It's been a great week for media news, so Brian Stelter and the Reliable team are busy gathering all the stories for our Sunday show. Look for a few segments on the release of a new book that blasts Roger Ailes, as well as an interview with an AP photographer who reunited a young, homeless man with his family simply taking a picture. Unfortunately, we can't fit everything into our one-hour show, so we decided to share a few other stories that didn't make the cut this week:
Amanda Hess writes in the Pacific Standard that female journalists (and women in general) are falling victim to violent cyber attacks. In the article, Hess shares her own experiences of violent, sexual tweets and comments that have been directed at her from people who were angered by her articles. In one of the tweets, the writer tells her, "Happy to say we live in the same state. Im looking you up, and when I find you, im going to rape you and remove your head." Hess adds that despite reaching out to local and federal authorities, she is told to either quit Twitter or given the run-around by the police. Hess hopes that her article will bring light to an issue that is too often not taken seriously.
Scott MacFarlane, a reporter for NBC 4 in Washington, D.C, reportedly filed several requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but got more than he bargained for when the Navy accidentally sent him an internal memo about MacFarlane's requests. The Navy's official Twitter account has released an apology for the mistake.
As if CBS '60 Minutes' didn't have enough public relations nightmares to deal with, another segment by the legendary newscast has recently come under fire. According to The Huffington Post, the segment "detail[ed] perceived failures in government support for the development of clean energy and other advanced technology," but was later "criticized for leaving out crucial information about the state of the clean tech sector and over-emphasizing governmental failures."
As journalists, we're always on the lookout for good stories, but one news producer went over and beyond the call of duty earlier this week in Dacula, Ga. On her way to work, she noticed a house on fire and immediately called 911, before running toward the house and "banging on the doors and windows" to get the people out to safety. Now that's a good producer.
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By Brian Stelter, CNN
(CNN) – John Miller, who has moved back and forth between public service and journalism like few others in either profession, is doing it again.
This time he's leaving CBS News, where he has been a senior correspondent for two years, and joining the New York Police Department.
Miller announced his latest move on Thursday. He embodies something that is, for some media critics, a source of great concern: the so-called "revolving door" between the people who cover the news and the people who are being covered. For CBS, he's something else: a fount of great knowledge who will be almost impossible to replace.
David Rhodes, the president of the network news division, said Miller's decision was "a loss for CBS."
"He's been really great for us," Rhodes said in a telephone interview on Thursday.
CBS allowed Miller out of his contract with the network because, as Rhodes put it, "it would just be inappropriate to stand in the way" of a return to public service. Miller's exact title at the NYPD is not yet known. But he'll have a high-profile job in counterterrorism, reuniting with his former boss William Bratton, who was the commissioner of the police department in the mid-1990s and will return to that position in January.
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After another 60 Minutes report gets panned, Michael Calderone, Ryan Lizza, Alicia Shepard and Brian Stelter look at what’s going wrong at the venerable CBS news magazine.
Errol Louis, Lynn Sweet, Dylan Byers and Terence Smith join guest host Frank Sesno to discuss the 60 Minutes apology for their botched Benghazi story; did it go far enough?
Bill Carter, Kelly McBride, David Brock and guest host Eric Deggans on the CBS news magazine show's latest controversy.
Eli Lake, Ryan Lizza and guest host David Folkenflik attempt to get to the bottom of conflicting information surrounding revelations by a Benghazi attack eyewitness featured in a 60 Minutes report.
Guest host Patrick Gavin's complete interview with CBS and PBS anchor Charlie Rose.
We’re gearing up for a busy show this Sunday when Frank Sesno, director of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, rejoins ‘Reliable Sources’ as our guest host. As U.S. congressional leaders debate military action in Syria, we’ll discuss how the developments are playing out in media outlets at home and abroad- in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week.
‘‘Jeff Daniels: ‘The Newsroom’ returning for Season 3’ There’s more to come from Will McAvoy and the world of Atlantis Cable News. On Tuesday, Jeff Daniels confirmed the hit HBO series had been renewed, tweeting ‘It’s official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.’ The series has held onto steady ratings since its premiere last year. Both Jeff Daniels and co-star Jane Fonda received Primetime Emmy nominations for their performances as a fictional cable news anchor and CEO, respectively.
CBS honors 50th anniversary of 30-minute ‘Evening News’ by going black and white’ Viewers tuning in to the Labor Day broadcast of the CBS Evening News got a special treat on Monday. In honor of the network’s 50th anniversary of its transition to the 30-minute broadcast, anchor Scott Pelley ended Monday’s newscast with a black and white tribute video featuring footage with legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Additionally, older newsreel footage incorporated into the segment helped illustrated the broadcast’s evolution.
‘The New York Post gets a new digital look and new ad units’ This week, ‘The New York Post’ got a digital makeover, complete with a simplified, cleaner overall look. Ad Age’s Alex Kantrowitz notes that the Post now incorporates more prominent photo placement on its site. The redesign was led by the paper’s managing editor, Remy Stern, as well as the same agency (Hard Candy Shell) which helped The New Republic and Newsweek with their web redesigns. The move is an approach many news organizations are undertaking in an effort to remain competitive on expanding digital platforms.
‘The Onion denies taking a serious line on Syria’ Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray takes a look at The Onion’s recent articles on Bashar al-Assad and Syria. While the satirical news site has always garnered attention for its take on the news, the Onion has taken a demonstrably more provocative approach with its recent Syria coverage. With headlines like “Help has to be on the way now, thinks Syrian man currently being gassed,” and ‘Nation currently more sympathetic to demise of Planet Krypton than plight of Syria,’ the Onion has remained critical of U.S. inaction in Syria. However, Will Tracy, The Onion’s editor-in-chief, says the paper isn’t straying from its satirical point of view, saying “I wouldn’t say we’ve staked out an editorial line so much as we’ve chosen to acknowledge two equally valid points of view at once.”
What stories are you reading this week? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to tune in for 'Reliable Sources' Sunday at 11am EDT.