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February 9, 2013
I really enjoyed David Zurawik 's column about the Super Bowl game ("For biggest game of the year, CBS again drops the ball," Feb. 4). I'm not a football fan, but did want to support and cheer on the Ravens. I was appalled at the biased coverage of the game. It seemed to me that the announcers were watching another game, one in which the 49ers were Gods and the Ravens weren't even playing. I asked the people around me - are sports commentators always like this? Aren't they supposed to appear to be neutral?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Greg Gumbel and Trent Green as the CBS broadcast team on today's Ravens game, I was eager to see how Gumbel would fare without his old, gaffe-prone partner Dan Dierdorf. I figured Gumbel had to be better, right? Wrong. “Welcome back to an absolutely beautiful day in Baltimore, Maryland,” Gumbel said in his opening remarks as viewers saw an overhead shot of M&T Bank Stadium. “The sun is shining, the temperature is 78 degrees on this last day of September ...” Oops.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 21, 1994
The bodies of a man and a woman bounce in slow motion as blast after blast of shotgun pellets tear into them. And the blasts and the bouncing seem to go on and on in the bloody den of this home in Beverly Hills.Beverly Hills? Blood? Murder?Why it must be what we've all been waiting for -- another reconstruction of the murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez at the hands of their sons Lyle and Erik.Fox did its version of the murders and trials in a movie last month that drew flies in the Nielsen ratings.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
I'm sorry, I tried to be good and accept life as a small-market CBS sports fan, getting the fourth-string crew and no sideline reporter for Ravens games. And, you have to admit, I managed for a couple weeks to sound like a properly grateful peasant in accepting the crumbs from the table of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. Did I not even say in one review that maybe CBS is right, it would be too expensive for the network to have sideline reporters on ALL the Sunday afternoon games - especially in markets like Baltimore?
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | June 1, 1994
Deborah Norville says she was "devastated" when she lost her job as co-host of NBC's "Today" show.But she's back as co-host of another network show starting tonight, and this one's in prime time.Just when you thought prime-time TV couldn't possibly have room for any more newsmagazines, along comes "America Tonight," a weekly CBS newsmagazine with Norville and Dana King as hosts. The CBS News show will debut at 9 tonight on WBAL (Channel 11) and air every Wednesday until Sept. 7.If the show does well in the ratings, it will return as a midseason replacement in 1995, according to Joe Peyronnin, vice president for CBS News.
FEATURES
May 20, 1998
CBS enjoyed a long period of dominance in TV news, and also has a rich history on the entertainment side. Both aspects will be celebrated in "CBS: The First 50 Years" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13). Those those taking part include Walter Cronkite, "60 Minutes" creator Don Hewitt, Dan Rather, Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Larry Hagman, Mary Tyler Moore and the Smothers Brothers. And there's much more, including that clip of Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory.At a glance"Spin City" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
NEWS
July 7, 2004
On July 3, 2004, SR. MARY CHRISTINE, CBS, dear sister of the late Sr. Claire Agnes Carroll, CBS; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Bon Secours Convent, Marriottsville, MD, on Wednesday from 10 to 11 A.M., at which time a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment in New Cathedral Cemetery. Arrangements by Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville Inc.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 4, 1994
CBS is premiering two summer series tonight, figuring that when the competition is weakest, viewers are more likely to settle for less. Since there's virtually nothing else on broadcast TV, the network is basically right.* "One West Waikiki" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Cheryl Ladd stars in this new CBS cop show, which casts her as a female "Quincy, M. E." She's a forensic pathologist working in Hawaii -- and though tropical settings haven't exactly been guarantees of success in the cases of, say, "Key West," "Going to Extremes" and "The Byrds of Paradise," forensic pathology has never been hotter.
SPORTS
By N.Y. Times News Service | January 19, 1994
NEW YORK -- One month after losing the TV rights to pro football to the Fox Network, CBS will announce today its victory over Fox in securing the rights to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, for an estimated $375 million.Winning the Nagano rights provides a crucial jolt of adrenaline and good news to CBS Sports by providing a major event to look forward to so quickly after its failed football negotiations. And last year, CBS lost a last-ditch bid to renew its deal with Major League Baseball and was greatly outbid by NBC for the rights to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
BUSINESS
By Los Angeles Times | June 30, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- CBS Inc. Chief Executive Laurence A. Tisch and QVC Inc. Chairman Barry Diller are negotiating to combine their companies in a deal valued at roughly $2 billion, sources close to the talks said yesterday.Under the terms being discussed, CBS would acquire the smaller QVC in a stock swap that would follow a cash payout to CBS shareholders. Mr. Diller would assume control of the combined company, with the 71-year-old Mr. Tisch agreeing to retire upon completion of the merger.The deal would create an entertainment/home shopping conglomerate with strong ties to the cable TV industry and the emerging information superhighway -- and take some investor pressure off of both companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
The new fall network TV season begins this week, and one of the most highly touted dramas of the year is one of the biggest disappointments. So big is the failure of “Madam Secretary,” a new CBS drama starring Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, that it makes me angry. Usually I like TV shows that rattle my emotional cage, but not this one, which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. What maddens me about “Madam Secretary” is the lie it's selling about Washington and the people who work there.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "shocked" by the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and a Democratic senator called the National Football League's handling of the situation "outrageous. " Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has become an advocate on the issue of sexual harassment in the military -- as well as sexism in Congress -- said that the Ravens and the league should have taken faster action in dealing with Rice.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
[UPDATE] The premiere of CBS "Thursday Night Football" drew an average audience 20.8 million viewers making it the second highest rated show on TV behind only NBC's "Sunday Night Football. " The size of that audience for the Ravens 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers is a big victory for CBS on a very large gamble that viewers were ready for another weeknight of primetime football. CBS is charging advertisers the second highest ad rate on TV, $500,000 for a 30-second spot, by promising the Thursday night games will draw 20 million viewers combined with the simulcast on the NFL Network.
ENTERTAINMENT
David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
In reaction to fallout from the Ray Rice video posted Monday on TMZ, CBS Sports has pulled its scheduled opening song by Rihanna from tonight's premiere of "Thursday Night Football" featuring the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. The telecast was supposed to open each week with Jay-Z's Grammy-winning "Run This Town" performed by Rihanna. It's the CBS answer to NBC's "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" with Carrie Underwood. The opening was to also include narration from actor Don Cheadle highlighting the rivalry between the two teams and their towns.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
The biggest story of the fall TV season begins tonight in Baltimore with the debut of "Thursday Night Football" on CBS. The bold programming move - which includes the largest marketing effort in the history of the network as well as the relocation of TV's most popular sitcom, "The Big Bang Theory" - is also the biggest gamble of the year. The new night of primetime NFL competition that opens with the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers is already the second most expensive program on television with CBS asking advertisers to pay $500,000 for 30 seconds of commercial time.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
When the first video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator like a slab of meat appeared, I thought, "God bless TMZ. " With TMZ's release of video today showing him punching Janay Palmer twice and knocking her to the floor, I say, God bless TMZ again and again. You can read what I wrote in February here under the headline: "Ray Rice and how TMZ counters the great American hype machine. " TMZ did the job the mainstream sports media failed to do in showing us the ugliness of this incident.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2012
Here's the kind of Ravens analysis I didn't hear from the CBS broadcast team during the network's telecast of Baltimore's 43-13 loss Sunday. It came Sunday night on NBC from Rodney Harrison, one of that network's excellent analysts. Harrison: “Baltimore's defense is struggling and part of the responsibility of your offense is to take the pressure off your defense. You do that by running the football. Ray Rice is your best player, not Joe Flacco. Run the ball, take pressure off of them.” CBS should have been pounding this analysis home from the third quarter on during the game.
BUSINESS
By Bloomberg Business News | August 1, 1995
PITTSBURGH -- Westinghouse Electric Corp. is expected to announce an agreement today to acquire CBS Inc. for about $5 billion, ending weeks of negotiations, people close to the talks said.Westinghouse, which was believed last week to be planning a bid of $81 a share for CBS, plans to make the announcement in New York, where its Group W broadcasting unit and CBS are based.An agreement would put Westinghouse in the lead to land CBS, but several other bidders with deep pockets could emerge now that Walt Disney Co. is snapping up Capital Cities/ABC Inc. for $19 billion in cash and stock, analysts said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
I have to admit I was not overjoyed at the thought of spending the Ravens' season opener with the fourth-string CBS broadcasting team of Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots. But I only wish now that the Ravens had done as well Sunday as Wilcots, Dedes and CBS Sports did. While the Ravens lost 23-16 to the Cincinnati Bengals thanks to too many mistakes to even keep track of, CBS Sports had a solid opener from its revamped pre-game show with Bart Scott and Tony Gonzalez to the game coverage from M&T Bank Stadium.
SPORTS
Mike Preston | August 11, 2014
When the regular season opens next month, former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott will debut on CBS's NFL Today pregame show as a commentator and analyst. Can't wait. Scott will be provocative, funny, entertaining and knowledgeable, but there also will be times when what he says might appear irrational or as if he's "on medication. " Can't wait. Scott, affectionately known as "The Mad Backer" in Baltimore, will always give you an honest, sometimes emotional opinion, none better than his "can't wait" rant on ESPN in 2011 after his New York Jets upset the New England Patriots.
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