Moonves Says CBS Is Developing a 24-hour Digital News Network; Network Boss Also Follows Up on Joel McHale, Neil Patrick Harris and the Late-Night Situation

May 16, 2014  •  Post A Comment

CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves says the company is working on a 24-hour digital news network, Deadline.com reports.

“Wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has … all over the world?” he asked rhetorically during an interview with Bloomberg TV. “There is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute newscast at 6:30 or ‘CBS This Morning.’ We can go direct digital. So that’s in the early stages, under the tutelage of David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, and it’s an exciting alternative to cable news.”

Separately, he added that the network hasn’t had discussions to have “Community” star Joel McHale take over the “Late Late Show.” He also added that he did not offer David Letterman’s “Late Show” spot to Neil Patrick Harris, who earlier this week told Howard Stern on his radio show that Moonves had asked whether he might be interested.

“Neil Patrick Harris has been a member of our family, and I’m very close to him personally. … So after Neil was done, we said: ‘All right, Neil, what do you want to do? What do you want to do? What are the possibilities? Want to come do a new series with us?’ And we knew probably Letterman and 12:30 might be open, late-night. ‘What do you think about that?’ So it was a very general topic. So I wouldn’t say we didn’t talk about it, but he wasn’t offered it per se,” Moonves said in the interview.


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