The trick to co-anchoring CBS’ morning show, contributing to 60 Minutes, and anchoring two programs for PBS is to “not read the book twice” – and two naps a day, Charlie Rose said this morning. “I’m worried about you, Charlie. I’m worried about your health and you’re doing too much,” one TV critic said during his Q&A for PBS. “I’m flattered you worry about me and I would like you to continue to worry about me,” Rose responded to her. His PBS exec producer calls him “an intellectual athlete.”
Back in May, PBS, home of Rose’s syndicated Charlie Rose program since 1993, announced Rose also would host a new Friday night primetime show (Fridays at 8:30 PM) titled Charlie Rose Weekend, debuting in July. It replaced the net’s Need To Know newsmag. The program combines highlights from the 71-year-old host’s late-night program with new interviews and discussions of topics in politics, science, business, culture, media and sports.
Rose said he sleeps from 10:30 PM to 5 AM, arrives at CBS This Morning at 6. This show is live from 7-9, and he leaves at 10:30, works out, then takes the first of two naps of the day, after which he tapes his syndicated late-night show for PBS. And all day long, “I’m constantly thinking about .. the program on Friday night.” Rose claimed he thought of a Friday primetime show for PBS before it was pitched to him — a sort of Sunday on Friday show, he explained. That’s why, when PBS approached him about it, “I had not a moment of hesitation…I always believe if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.” Rose also acknowledged efficiency is critical to his time management. “A 60-minute conversation may have 30 questions. That’s 30 opportunities to take a slice of that and put it in a platform.”
‘Everything that I do feeds into each other – I don’t have to read the book twice,” Rose said. Portions of a lengthy interview with a newsmaker or celebrity he conducts may be divvied up among multiple programs, across both networks, he said.
“I want to go back to the nap issue,” another critic said. “I do primers on naps,” Rose joked.