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Disney CEO Bob Iger Gives Forecast on KABC in Los Angeles

Iger presented the forecast in what was a rainy Thursday for the city.



Bob Iger via Twitter

Retiring Disney CEO Bob Iger last did the weather 48 years ago. However, Iger decided before heading into retirement at the end of this month; he’d like to give the weather forecast one last time. 

During a morning broadcast on KABC in Los Angeles, Iger presented the forecast in what was a rainy Thursday for the city, so there was weather to report for the Disney CEO who was alongside meteorologist Leslie Lopez during the segment. 

“There is light rain falling across the Southland this morning, expected to get just a little bit heavier as the jay — day — progresses,” Iger said. “This is just a prelude to a big storm that should be coming through the southland Monday and into Tuesday morning.”

“Very nippy on Saturday morning by the way. Sixty-two degrees in the Los Angeles area. The beaches — near where I live — Ooh, 46 degrees on Saturday morning. That’s when I bike ride. I think I’m going to have to watch out for some early-morning frost!”

Iger took to Twitter and graded his performance in delivering the forecast to the citizens of Los Angeles. “Decided to try out being a weatherman again, with KABC’s Leslie Sykes and @abc7leslielopez. Totally fun!” Iger tweeted

“You did great!” Lopez and Sykes yelled together when the Disney CEO was done giving the forecast. Iger stated that he appreciates the two for the news coverage, considering he gets up in the early morning hours, and their telecast is the first news source he gets to begin his day. 

“I get up about 4:15 in the morning and one of the first things I do in the morning is turn this show on. So you’re my first news and my best news for the day,” he told the duo. “My name’s not Leslie, but I still feel comfortable [here],” Iger said. 

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Jake Tapper Will Interview Trevor Reed to Discuss Russian Imprisonment

Reed will share with Tapper the realities he faced while being a prisoner for 985 days



U.S. Marine Trevor Reed spent nearly three years in a Russian prison, and now he will discuss for the first time what he experienced since his release with CNN anchor Jake Tapper. 

The company announced that the exclusive interview will air as a CNN Special Report, “Finally Home: The Trevor Reed Interview,” airing this Sunday, May 22, at 8 pm ET.

Reed will share with Tapper the realities he faced while being a prisoner for 985 days; furthermore, they will discuss wanting to free other Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned in Russia and other countries. 

“Viewers will also hear from Reed’s family, whose steadfast crusade to get him out of Russia is a large part of why he is now safely home,” CNN said in a statement for the special. 

“In addition, the special will feature the families of other Americans who are still being held by foreign governments, including the family of fellow US military veteran Paul Whelan, currently detained in Russia, as they continue to fight bravely for their loved ones who they desperately hope will come home.”

For those who cannot watch the special when it airs, the interview with Reed will stream live for pay TV subscribers via and CNN OTT and mobile apps under “TV Channels” or CNNgo.

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Peabody Organization Gives Career Achievement Award to Dan Rather

Past career award recipients include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Pollard.



Dan Rather’s career in journalism spans over six decades, and for over 20 years, he was the anchor of “CBS Evening News from 1981 to 2005. The Peabody organization now recognizes him for his contributions to media with the Peabody Career Achievement Award.

The Peabody organization states that the award is handed out to people whose profession and dedication to broadcasting and digital media have left a memorable impact on the field and in American culture. 

“Dan Rather’s remarkable career — from local news reporter and international correspondent to network anchor — is a textbook example not just of what quality reporting looks like, but how journalists serve democracy well,” Jeffrey Jones, executive director of the Peabody Awards, said. 

“Spanning over six decades, Rather helped viewers understand and interpret some of the most traumatic historical events in our nation’s history, from the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War to 9/11 and more. We are happy to call attention to and celebrate his life’s work.”

Past career award recipients include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Pollard. Furthermore, the Peabodys are preparing to announce its 30 winners on June 6-9. 

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WGA Members at CBS News Ratify New Agreement

The new agreement was approved by 89% of those CBS News members who voted on the deal



Roughly 260 Writers Guild of America members who are employed at CBS News have chosen to vote and overwhelmingly authorize a new three-year contract. The new agreement was approved by 89% of those CBS News members who voted on the deal, per Deadline.

Those members in the WGA from East to West from the news media outlet see the new deal cover who work as news writers, producers, graphic artists, desk associates, and others at the network’s news operations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

“In a challenging environment, we were able to make real gains,” said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson. “Because our members at CBS News mobilized and made their voices heard.”

“We won a solid contract that raises pay, includes a hefty boost in pension contributions, increases fees, and makes transformational gains for longer-term ‘temporary’ employees – severance pay and parental leave.”

The WGA states that this new contract for the WGA members at CBS News includes:

• Staff will get 2% minimum salary increases each year and a full pension rate increase will be paid by the company.

• Temporary employees pay goes up 3.50% in year one, 3.0% in year two, and 3.25% in year three.

• Producer fees increase to $50 in Los Angeles and New York in the second year of the contract, and to $50 by the third year at WBBM in Chicago.

• Fee for filling in for executive producer or senior producer in many but not all circumstances.

• Acting editor fee rate increases by 15%.

• Severance pay for long-term full-time temps.

• Parental leave for long-term full-time temps.

• Improved comp day calculation for a small number of temps.

• Increased severance pay for long-term staff employees; up to 48 or even 72 weeks for certain layoffs.

• Side letter on company process for requesting work from home.

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