WBEZ | cbs http://www.wbez.org/tags/cbs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hackers hit government site, threaten 'chaos' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/hackers-hit-government-site-threaten-chaos-105172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/anonymous-ussc-hacked-3-620x349.png" alt="" /><p><p><em>Four things (plus!) for Monday, Chicago:</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/us-sentencing-website-hacked-into-video-game-asteroids_p3-7000010385/#photo"><img alt="Hacked government site (ZDNet image)" src="http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/010385/anonymous-ussc-hacked-3-620x.png?hash=BQEyAQAuLm" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; float: right;" /></a>&#39;THIS TIME THERE WILL BE CHANGE, OR THERE WILL BE CHAOS.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;That&#39;s been the warning from the &quot;hacktivist&quot; group Anonymous over the weekend, as it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-hacks-us-sentencing-commission-distributes-files-7000010369/">took control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website</a>&nbsp;-- not once but twice, the second time <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-re-hacks-us-sentencing-site-into-video-game-asteroids-7000010384/">turning it into a version of the old arcade game &quot;Asteroids&quot;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;-- to protest what it calls a &quot;twisted and distorted perversion of justice,&quot; which it blames for the suicide of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-did-the-justice-system-target-aaron-swartz-20130123" target="_blank">Chicago-born Internet activist Aaron Swartz</a>.<br />* New rule outlawing smartphones&#39; unlocking (so they can be used on other carriers) is &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/the-most-ridiculous-law-of-2013-so-far-it-is-now-a-crime-to-unlock-your-smartphone/272552/">The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013</a>&nbsp;(So Far)&quot; --&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic.</em><br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/01/27/the-perfect-murder-how-facebook-will-kill-the-phone-as-we-know-it/">Facebook could kill the phone as we know it</a>&nbsp;--&nbsp;<em>GigaOM</em>.</p><p><strong>&#39;PUBLIC BROADCASTING FINALLY SACKS UP AND HIRES A REAL MAN WHO WILL TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA.&#39;&nbsp;</strong><em>Wonkette</em> examines <a href="http://wonkette.com/498660/public-broadcasting-finally-sacks-up-and-hires-a-real-man-who-will-tell-the-truth-about-obama">a controversial hire by Georgia Public Broadcasting</a>.<br />* In one interview, Obama says he <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112190/obama-interview-2013-sit-down-president">might not let his son (if he had one) play football</a>.<br />* And in another, he and Hilary Clinton get along &quot;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/obama-clinton-end-marriage-of-convenience-with-60-minutes-lovefest-20130127">like an old and happily married couple</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/24/at-cnet-morale/">PEOPLE ARE PISSED OFF</a>.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>An insider says CNET staffers aren&#39;t swallowing parent company CBS&#39; decision to ban coverage of products targeted for legal action by CBS.<br />* New WBEZ ad campaign urges listeners to &quot;<a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/make-babies-urges-saucy-public-radio-campaign/">Make Babies</a>&quot; -- for the &quot;2032 Membership Drive.&quot;<br />* Nice emails sent by <a href="http://deadspin.com/5979052/all-the-nice-emails-we-got-from-our-moms-after-publishing-our-manti-teo-story">the moms of the reporters who cracked the Manti Te&#39;o story</a>.<br />* Departing New York Times editor <a href="http://paidcontent.org/2013/01/24/new-york-times-editor-to-take-75000-twitter-followers-out-the-door-with-him/">takes 75,000 Twitter followers with him</a>.</p><p><strong>YOU&#39;LL GET A CHARGE ...&nbsp;</strong>A legal settlement between credit card companies and merchants means that, as of yesterday, sellers are free to tack up to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/credit-card-fees-effect-sunday/story?id=18316310">4 percent extra onto your purchase price</a> if you choose not to pay with cash.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* See that Comments space below?&nbsp;</em><em>It&#39;s waiting for you to weigh in.&nbsp;</em><em>What about those Anonymous guys? Are they heroes, or just vandals? Should the president get busy and have a son? Should he let him play football? Wouldn&#39;t it be nice to see a young Barack Obama Jr. ante up for WBEZ&#39;s 2032 Membership Drive?</em><br /><em>* Get the latest from WBEZ by email.&nbsp;<a href="http://services.chicagopublicmedia.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&amp;SURVEY_ID=13561">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Soundtrack for preparation of this issue:&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/from-the-archives-aaron-swartz">WBEZ&#39;s 2001 interview with Aaron Swartz</a>,&nbsp;then a visionary&nbsp;14-year-old.</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/hackers-hit-government-site-threaten-chaos-105172 Musical variety and station breaks: the 2011 Tony Awards http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-13/musical-variety-and-station-breaks-2011-tony-awards-87756 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-13/Tony Awards 2011 Colbert_Getty_Andrew H. Walker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-13/Tony Awards 2011_Getty_Andrew H. Walker.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 374px; " title="(Getty/Andrew H. Walker)"></p><p>The 65th annual Tony Awards have come and gone. One understands the logic behind the televised awards program on CBS, but that doesn't mean one likes it or agrees with it.</p><p>It's been more than a few years since the telecast was re-fashioned primarily as a musical variety show and only secondarily as an awards ceremony. This decision was made consciously by those who present the Tony telecast: the American Theatre Wing, the Broadway League and CBS. The Broadway League saw an opportunity to use the Tony Awards to market Broadway productions (both in New York and touring shows) while CBS saw it as a way to improve ratings.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-13/Tony Awards 2011 Harris_Getty_Andrew H. Walker.jpg" style="width: 309px; height: 394px; margin: 7px; float: right;" title="(Getty/Andrew H. Walker)">As a musical variety show, the broadcast was good. Neil Patrick Harris was charming and funny (good writing) as the emcee and closed the evening with a really clever pseudo-rap number.</p><p>The program rolled out star after star (especially if they had an affiliation with CBS) from Hugh Jackman to Vanessa Redgrave, from Chris Rock to Angela Lansbury and from Daniel Radcliffe to Whoopi Goldberg.</p><p>And the big production numbers from Broadway shows looked and sounded exciting, colorful and mostly funny as very little time was spent on anything serious or romantic.</p><p>But the program makes time for musical variety by (1) presenting half the award categories off-air during the extended commercial breaks, and (2) spending vastly reduced time on non-musical Broadway productions--you know, plays?--which are promoted in :30 summaries rather than by presenting scenes from them.</p><p>Instead, this year's Tony Awards saw fit to offer musical numbers from shows that weren't even in the running for a Tony Award such as <em>Memphis</em> (honored with a Tony last year) and <em>Spider Man</em>, which hasn't even opened on Broadway.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-13/Tony Awards 2011 Spider Man_Getty_Andrew H. Walker.jpg" style="width: 195px; height: 294px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="(Getty/Andrew H. Walker)">Then, there were totally extraneous moments such as a song-and-dance duet between Neil Patrick Harris and former host Hugh Jackman, and a four-minute monologue by John Leguizamo from his show <em>Ghetto Klown</em>, which closes July 10.&nbsp;</p><p>Please understand: this was good material and a pleasure to watch, but every second of it meant a second less to honor actual Tony Award nominees and winners.</p><p>Among honors most egregiously relegated to the station breaks were a lifetime achievement Tony Award for Athol Fugard, one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th Century who helped bring down apartheid in his native South Africa, and the Tony Award for Regional Theatre, won this year by Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company.</p><p>Naturally, I'm partial towards Lookingglass, but even so the Regional Theatre Tony is the one-and-only Tony that's (1) truly national in character (vs. Broadway local), and (2) dedicated to a non-profit theater company vs. commercial theater interests.</p><p>The Lookingglass ensemble includes a genuine TV star, company co-founder David Schwimmer, as well as writer/director Mary Zimmerman, who has won two Tony Awards herself. A nano-second of creative thinking suggests that the Tony Folks might have had them present the Regional Theatre Tony Award to their own troupe, and to do it on-air.</p><p>The telecast producers cite time as the deciding factor in relegating categories to station breaks. Even so, the telecast ran about seven minutes long as each extraneous entertainment segment takes as much time, roughly, as presenting two awards would take.</p><p>As for ratings, well, sorry, but the Tony Awards are NOT the Academy Awards and never will be as long as theater remains essentially local (one production opens in one theater in one city) vs. global (a big movie opens on 1500 screens in one day). I do not need to see the overnight Arbitrons or Nielsons to guarantee that the final NBA championship game on ABC slaughtered the Tony Awards in the ratings. The only question is whether <em>America's Got Talent</em> on NBC did too.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-13/musical-variety-and-station-breaks-2011-tony-awards-87756 Mayor Monday: How can we deal with corruption? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-how-can-we-deal-corruption <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Zekman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To take a long, hard look at corruption <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to speak to a woman who's made a career exploring the city&rsquo;s underbelly for the last four decades. Pulitzer-prize winning reporter <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/personality/pam-zekman/">Pam Zekman</a> has exposed frauds, corrupt city employees and wasteful spending for CBS 2 Chicago.&nbsp; She <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/01/12/is-treasurer-maria-pappas-wasting-your-tax-dollars/">recently</a> worked with the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bettergov.org/">Better Government Association</a> to audit parts of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/">Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas</a>&rsquo; budget.<br /><br />Zekman&rsquo;s investigations have resulted in governmental reforms and criminal indictments. Zekman joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> for a <em>Mayor Monday</em> education in the art of Chicago corruption.</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-how-can-we-deal-corruption CNN's John Roberts Leaves For Fox News http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/cnns-john-roberts-leaves-fox-news <p><p><a href="http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/03/john-roberts-leaving-cnn/" target="_blank">CNN reports</a> that "anchor and correspondent John Roberts is leaving the network to join Fox News Network."</p><p>Roberts had been <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132055337" target="_blank">taken off CNN's <em>American Morning</em> last month.</a> <em>The Orlando Sentinel</em>'s <a href="http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2011/01/john-roberts-leaving-cnn-for-fox-news-channel.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+entertainment%2Ftv%2Ftvguy+%28TV+Guy%29" target="_blank">Hal Boedeker says</a> he will be a "senior national correspondent" for Fox.</p><p>Roberts, who joined CNN in  2006, was with CBS News before that and at one time was thought to be an candidate to anchor the<em> CBS Evening News</em>. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294089157?&gn=CNN%27s+John+Roberts+Leaves+For+Fox+News&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=CBS,CNN,Fox+News+Channel,John+Roberts,News+Media,National+News,The+Two-Way,Television,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132630919&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110103&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/cnns-john-roberts-leaves-fox-news CBS 2 de-annexes State from newsroom lineup http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/cbs-2-de-annexes-state-newsroom-lineup <p><div style="margin-right: 15px; float: left; text-align: center;"><img width="201" height="201" class="size-full wp-image-19106" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 1px 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//annestate1.jpg" alt="" /></div><p>It's over and out for <a href="http://cbs2chicago.com/pressreleases/Anne.State.wbbm.2.658948.html">Anne State,</a> whose tenure as news anchor and reporter at WBBM-Channel 2 lasted just two years. In a move telegraphed by her demotion as 10 p.m. co-anchor last spring, her contract was not renewed by the CBS-owned station. State's last day on the air was Thursday, and her official bio is already gone from the station's website. In a brief statement released Friday, Jeff Kiernan, vice president and news director at Channel 2, said:<!--break--></p><blockquote>&quot;We appreciate Anne's contributions and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.&quot;</blockquote><p>State was signed by Channel 2 as 5 p.m. news anchor in February 2008 after she'd worked at NBC-owned KNSD-TV in San Diego. But upon her arrival in April, she was named 6 and 10 p.m. anchor, replacing the departed <a href="http://www.diannburnslive.com/">Diann Burns</a> alongside Rob Johnson. Under new station management -- in a realignment dictated as much by budget as performance &sbquo;&nbsp; -- her role was cut back one year later to anchoring only the 5 p.m. newscast and reporting for the 10 p.m. newscast. Although State drew little attention for her reporting, she did manage to capture a headline or two when she <a href="/feder/2009/11/sexy-photos-expose-tv-news-as-a-glamor-game/8752">posed provocatively</a> for photographer Maria Ponce in a spread published last October by Michigan Avenue magazine. The move leaves Johnson as Channel 2's solo anchor at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.</p></p> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/cbs-2-de-annexes-state-newsroom-lineup