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LEHRER LEAVES PBS NEWS

While June 6 will be his last day as an anchor, he will still appear often.

Los Angeles Times

After 36 years as the anchor of NewsHour on PBS, Jim Lehrer will step down from his post on June 6, PBS announced Thursday. He will continue to appear on many Friday evenings to moderate the program's weekly news analysis segment, which features a panel of journalists.

In a statement, Lehrer said he maintained "complete confidence" in the current NewsHour team to continue producing quality programming in his absence. "I have been laboring in the glories of daily journalism for 52 years ... 36 of them here at the NewsHour and its earlier incarnations ... and there comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that time has arrived," he said.

Many viewers know Lehrer, 76, best for his role in the last six presidential elections, where he served as a moderator for 11 of the nationally televised debates among the candidates, including the one between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008.

NewsHour debuted in 1975 as The Robert MacNeil Report, featuring Lehrer as a Washington correspondent who developed the show with Robert MacNeil.

One year later, it was renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, then in 1995 when MacNeil left, it became The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer. During Lehrer's tenure on the show, it won more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence.

Five Fox shows reportedly axed

The networks don't officially announce their schedules until next week, but word has leaked out about the first round of cancellations and pickups over at Fox.

Among the current shows that were on the bubble, Fox is reportedly renewing another season of Fringe, says the L.A. Times. But all its other endangered shows are headed for the rubbish heap in a massive housecleaning: the dramas Chicago Code, Human Target and Lie to Me plus the comedies Breaking In and Traffic Light.

Meanwhile, the network has made series orders for The New Girl, with Zooey Deschanel as a lovelorn teacher, and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, with Jaime Pressly. Also, the time-travel drama Alcatraz looks headed for the schedule, as does the Bones spin-off Finder.

Reached for comment, a Fox spokeswoman said, "We're not confirming or denying any pickups/cancellations until we announce our schedule on Monday."

Times wires

Report: Fox tokill five shows

The networks don't officially announce their schedules until next week, but word has leaked out about the first round of cancellations and pickups over at Fox.

Among the current shows that were on the bubble, Fox is reportedly renewing another season of Fringe, says the L.A. Times. But all its other endangered shows are headed for the rubbish heap in a massive housecleaning: the dramas Chicago Code, Human Target and Lie to Me plus the comedies Breaking In and Traffic Light.

Meanwhile, the network has made series orders for The New Girl, with Zooey Deschanel as a lovelorn teacher, and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, with Jaime Pressly. Also, the time-travel drama Alcatraz looks headed for the schedule, as does the Bones spin-off Finder.

Reached for comment, a Fox spokeswoman said, "We're not confirming or denying any pickups/cancellations until we announce our schedule on Monday."

Times wires

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