May 8, 1996 |
Go, Robelot! WCAU alum Jane Robelot will be the major anchor for the revamped CBS This Morning, heading a "team" that includes CBS This Morning weatherguy Mark McEwen and Jose Diaz-Balart of Miami's WTVJ, according to CBS insiders. The announcement comes today. Robelot, 35, joined CBS in March 1995 as coanchor, with Troy Roberts, of CBS Morning News. In October, she added the title of news reader for CBS This Morning. Robelot signed with WCAU in October 1990 as a general-assignment reporter, working her way up to 11 p.m. coanchor in April '92. Sources say Robelot will anchor both hours of the new CBS This Morning, to launch in August - 7-to-8 a.m. with Diaz-Balart, noon and 5:30 p.m. anchor at NBC-owned 'TVJ; and 8-to-9 a.m. with McEwen.
February 22, 1995 |
The gods of CBS have decided that if Philadelphia likes Jane Robelot with a nightcap, all of America will love her with a cup of coffee. Robelot, the WCAU co-anchor at 6 and 11 p.m., is jumping to the network next month to co-anchor the hour-long "CBS Morning News," which airs weekdays at 6 a.m. She'll also have reporting duties that may land her face time on the network's evening news. "It's going to be hard leaving Philadelphia," said Robelot, who is 34 and has spent 4 1/2 years at the CBS affiliate here.
February 22, 1995 |
Channel 10 anchor Jane Robelot will leave the CBS-owned station March 17 to become co-anchor of CBS Morning News, with Troy Roberts. She debuts on the network March 20. Robelot, 34, co-anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. weekday news with Ken Matz. She joined WCAU-TV in October 1990 as a general-assignment reporter, was promoted to 6 p.m. co-anchor with Larry Kane in February 1991, and in April '92 joined Kane on the 11 p.m. show. Renee Chenault, noon co-anchor with Tim Lake, will replace Robelot at 6 and 11 p.m., the station said yesterday.
June 22, 1994 |
When Phyllis George returns to television tonight after an absence of nine years, an old friend named Bill is the star of her new show. President Clinton, country singer Naomi Judd and father-and-son auto racers Richard and Kyle Petty are the guests on A Phyllis George Special, at 8 on cable's Nashville Network. How do you get the chief executive to appear on your premiere? Well, if you're Phyllis George, it sounds relatively easy. Describing the process in a recent interview over lunch here, she looked as stylish as her surroundings in the Edwardian Room of the Plaza Hotel, overlooking Central Park.
May 24, 1994 |
Since slipping away from the bright lights of a high-profile TV gig eight years ago, Phyllis George has had to constantly answer questions about why she's not on television. Cab drivers, ushers at the White House, bellhops, they've all asked when she'd be back on the small screen. Well, ask no more. Next month, George returns to the airwaves in "A Phyllis George Special," a series of one-hour interview programs for cable's The Nashville Network. "My choice was not to work," George recently said.
January 31, 1992 |
WPVI (Channel 6) will expand its weekday morning newscast from 30 minutes to one hour, beginning March 30. The hourlong newscast will begin at 6 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. Anchor Monica Malpass and weathercaster Dave Frankel, who now host the morning half- hour (and also are featured on the noon news, along with Robin Garrison), will host the expanded show. An additional co-anchor is expected to be hired for the morning broadcast. "We looked at the audience levels for that time of day and what we're able to do, and just thought it would be the right thing," said WPVI news director Dave Davis.
January 11, 1991 |
Jon Katz swears he has nothing against CBS. (And if you believe that one . . . ) "I had a great time there," says the producer turned media critic, whose first novel, Sign Off (Bantam), will be out Tuesday. "I went all over the world. They paid me well. They were straight with me. They didn't brutalize me. I'm not seething with resentment. " Sign Off focuses on the once-great news division of the fictional USB network as it becomes the target of a hostile corporate takeover.
March 31, 1988 |
It's hard to walk around Paris these days without being followed by Dan Rather. People keep asking you what you thought of Rather last night - or this morning. The CBS Evening News is broadcast five mornings a week here at 8 a.m. With the six-hour time difference, that's 2 a.m. in New York. So anyone in Paris can see Rather - with French subtitles a little more subdued than his hyped- up down-home English - seven hours after New Yorkers do. Parisians already take it for granted, of course, but it is a miracle - and so is the fact that if you have cable television here, you can get Cable News Network and the BBC. Everything is changing, literally right in front of us. A famous winemaker in Bordeaux told me that he makes his teenage sons watch Rather every morning at breakfast.
December 1, 1987 |
At 7:30 a.m. yesterday, a half-hour into the premiere edition of CBS This Morning, Harry Smith turned to his co-host Kathleen Sullivan and said, "Feels like we've been doing this for years, doesn't it?" Sullivan grinned bravely in response, and as she did, a thought must have occurred to the thousands, maybe even hundreds of people watching them: What is the big deal here? It's just another stab at a CBS morning show, right? After all, these things come and go. Twenty of these things, to be precise.
November 30, 1987 |
When will CBS stop mourning morning? CBS executives hope it's today at 7, when the network unveils CBS This Morning. It's CBS's 20th entry in the morning-broadcast sweepstakes since March 1954, when Walter Cronkite and Charlemagne - a puppet, for Pete's sake - introduced The Morning Show. Former ABC News anchor Kathleen Sullivan and Dallas-based CBS News correspondent Harry Smith, the co-hosts of CBS This Morning, are well aware of the network's pathetic track record in the morning.