Saturday, April 13, 2024

Charlie Rose Staff Will Be Paid Through End of Year, Disgraced Newsman Focuses on Web Site Next


UPDATE: Sunday night’s opening for the “60 Minutes” 50th anniversary featured just about anyone who’d done a segment for the show from Mike Wallace, Morley Safer et al through Katie Couric and Dan Rather. But no mention of Charlie Rose. He’s been erased. Sad.

EXCLUSIVE So what happens to Charlie Rose’s staff? The people who work for Rose at his PBS/Bloomberg show were blindsided last month as the New York Times incinerated Rose’s career with stories of his sexual misconduct. Within minutes, it seemed, The Charlie Rose Show, which aired on PBS and produced by Bloomberg, was over, pulled from the air for good.

The good news, if there is any, I am told, is that the staff is being paid through December 31st. Whatever happens next, at least they get that. Some may even continue to be paid, and this is why: Rose owns the show and the archives. And the archives, with more than 20 years of clips of interviews with celebrities, financial wizards, government leaders and so on are worth a fortune in licensing fees.

Not only that: Rose, who’s probably finished with the networks, can repurpose the material any way he likes. Right now, I’m told, he’s focusing on how best to maintain his website, The website’s traffic has been onĀ  straight increase in traffic since October, now ranking at around 12,775 on Rose could turn the site into even more of a media destination, or sell the archives for a decent price.

Whatever happens, Rose is down but not out, that’s for sure. Last week he was seen dining late at night at Bilboquet, the Upper East Side hot spot. Diners did not shun him, but crowded his table for pictures and autographs.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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