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Steve Capus Named Executive Producer of CBS Evening News (TVNewser)
Former NBC News president Steve Capus is joining CBS News as the executive producer of CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley and executive editor of the news division. He will begin in his new role in July. Capital New York Capus is no stranger to the evening news beat. He served four years as executive producer of the NBC Nightly News With Brian Williamsbefore taking over NBC’s news division in 2005. Capus is currently an “executive in residence” at IESE Business School at the University of Navarra, a role he will continue in after he joins CBS.HuffPost / AP Capus left NBC in 2013 after eight years as president of the news division, part of a turnover triggered by troubles at the Today show. He was Tom Brokaw’s last executive producer at NBC’s Nightly News and is close to Williams, whom he will now compete with each night. Capus will also have broader responsibilities as executive editor of CBS News, behind chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media His appointment has raised internal speculation that he’s in line to succeed Rhodes, perhaps as early as next year. Several CBS News sources believe that Les Moonves, the chairman and CEO of CBS Corp., tapped Capus in order to position him for that role. THR Rhodes and Capus have been in discussions for several months with more specific talks about the Evening News role evolving over the last few weeks. The broadcast has been on a rating uptick since Pelley took over; notching a gain of 6 percent so far this season among total viewers. But it is still stuck in third behind Nightly News and ABC World News With Diane Sawyer.

MSNBC Apologizes for Cinco de Mayo Segment (Richard Prince / Journal-Isms)
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Huffington Post were among others joining in the condemnation of MSNBC’s coverage of Cinco de Mayo, and MSNBC spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski said Tuesday that the network planned to apologize. TVNewser Way Too Early‘s Monday broadcast featured a number of “cringeworthy” Mexican stereotypes. Louis Burgdorf was wearing a sombrero, shaking a maraca and taking tequila shots. Thomas Roberts, the show’s host, had a sombrero, several bottles of tequila and plastic margarita glasses on the table in front of him. Poynter / MediaWire In a statement on its website, MSNBC’s Way Too Early says the show “made sarcastic references to the way some Americans celebrate” Cinco de Mayo. “It was not our intention to be disrespectful and we sincerely apologize for the ill-advised references,” the statement says. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Alex Korson, the executive producer for Morning Joe and Way Too Early, also called NAHJ president Hugo Balta on Monday to apologize for the segment, according to Balta. Balta said Korson told him those involved in the segment would be disciplined.

Frozen Helps Disney Beat Expectations With Second-Quarter Earnings (THR)
The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it earned $1.11 per share, excluding some items, in the second quarter on $11.65 billion in revenue, beating expectations on both the top and bottom lines. Disney was expected to earn 96 cents per share on revenue of $11.24 billion. WSJ Operating income at Walt Disney Studios more than quadrupled in the quarter ended March 29 to $475 million and revenue increased 35 percent to $1.8 billion as the media giant experienced another season of growth across all its businesses. The huge increase in operating income at the film unit was primarily due to March’s home video release of Frozen, which is already the best-selling Blu-ray disc and digitally downloaded movie ever, chief executive Robert Iger said on a conference call with Wall Street analysts. NYT Disney’s largest division, Media Networks, which includes ESPN, the Disney Channel and ABC, delivered operating income of $2.13 billion, a 15 percent increase. The company cited higher affiliate fees for carriage of the Disney Channel in North America; higher affiliate fees and lower costs at ESPN, partly offset by lower ad revenue; and a higher contribution from holdings in A&E Television Networks. Variety Beyond Frozen’s unexpected success, Iger noted Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s impressive $680 million haul to date, which has far outpaced the original, the potential of Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy to launch a new franchise, and naturally Star Wars: Episode VII, which J.J. Abrams is about to start lensing in London.

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