Charlie Rose in Talks to Join 'Early Show'

6:01 PM PST 10/24/2011 by Marisa Guthrie
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Gayle King also is reportedly eyeing a role on the third-place morning show, which replaced its entire on-air team in January.

NEW YORK – Charlie Rose is talking to CBS News executives about joining the Early Show.

The move has been rumored for some time. And Rose confirmed the news Monday, telling the New York Times that he’s “having serious conversations” about coming aboard Early in some capacity.

“We’ve talked about a whole range of things,” he said. But he stressed that he would not  "under any circumstances" give up his eponymous PBS program, which would make for a long day for the newsman, who turns 70 in January. 

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Rose has had a long-running relationship with CBS News. In 1999, he joined 60 Minutes II as a correspondent and still does occasional pieces for 60 Minutes.

The New York Post reported Monday that CBS News vp programming Chris Licht is also talking to Gayle King about a role on a revamped Early, which is a distant third in the morning behind NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America.

CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes have been outspoken about their mandate to get Early out of the ratings basement.

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Their goal since taking over CBS News in February has been to emphasize original reporting across the news division – which is driven home in a new promotional campaign that features Edward R. Murrow.

“There has to be some differentiation,” Rhodes said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last summer. “The natural inclination in the mornings is to try to [do] what everybody else is doing. And it’s really infuriating because there’s no way that’s going to work. Actually when everybody’s just racing to be alike, it works really well for whoever happens to be in first place.”

It would be the latest change for the Early Show, which in December axed its entire team, including longtime CBS News anchor Harry Smith (who has since landed a job at NBC’s Rock Center), and replaced them with former WCBS anchor Chris WraggeErica HillMarysol Castro and Jeff Glor.

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The change was made under the regime of Sean McManus, who had served as head of both news and sports at CBS.

Early is also preparing to move from its street-side studio in the GM building near the Plaza Hotel to a new studio in the broadcast center on West 57th Street.

A CBS News spokesperson declined comment.

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