At age 83, Dan Rather is starting over.
The veteran broadcaster has quietly shut down the “Dan Rather Reports” newsmagazine he’d been making since leaving CBS News a decade ago and opened an independent production company, with seed money from AXS-TV founder Mark Cuban in exchange for a series of interviews with entertainers. His News and Guts company is even working on a scripted fiction series. Rather also has signed on for reporting and analysis at the website Mashable.
Rather moves more slowly and speaks more softly than during his days as chief CBS News anchor. A piece of paper with two of Cuban’s e-mail addresses sits prominently on his desk; the Internet entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner has been Rather’s patron in his post-CBS years.
Although widely unseen, Rather’s newsmagazine took on tough topics like underage prostitution, flaws in electronic voting, floating garbage dumps at sea and temporary housing that made many hurricane victims sick.
Rather now hosts “The Big Interview,” a format that placed the hard-bitten former White House correspondent with personalities like Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Don Rickles, Dolly Parton, Aaron Sorkin, Josh Groban and Weird Al Yankovic for hourlong programs.
Retirement ? Not an option.
“I love to work,” Rather said. “I’d much rather wear out than rust out.”
Katy Perry’s bid to buy convent in limbo
Katy Perry’s dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have a wait a while longer. The convent, which Perry has wanted as her personal residence for several years, is in the middle of a legal fight between a group of elderly nuns and the archbishop of Los Angeles over who has control of the sale and its proceeds. Some of the nuns don’t want Perry to buy their former home and in June hastily sold the convent to a businesswoman with ambitions of turning it into a boutique hotel. Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant said Thursday that he believes the sale to entrepreneur Dana Hollister is invalid. Still, he blocked Perry and representatives of the archdiocese from visiting the convent until after the court case is resolved. That could take months, if not years, the judge said.
Expecting: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his physician wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby. The co-founder of the world’s largest social network used a Facebook post Friday to announce that Chan is pregnant with a healthy baby daughter. He didn’t say when the baby is due. Zuckerberg also said the couple had suffered three miscarriages over the past two years.