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ViacomCBS Closed Caption Coordinator – CBS Morning News & CBS This Morning in New York, New York

REF#: 35338

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Network

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS was established in 1928, when founder William Paley purchased 16 independent radio stations and christened them the Columbia Broadcast System. Today, with more than 200 television stations and affiliates reaching virtually every home in the United States, CBS's total network lineup was watched by more than 130 million people a week during the 2012/2013 season. The Network has the #1 drama/scripted program, NCIS; #1 sitcom, THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; and #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.


This CBS Television Network position is embedded within the CBS News Division at the CBS News National Desk.

The Closed Caption Coordinator works with CBS Morning News and CBS This Morning as a liaison to the outside vendors of closed captioning services to CBS. This role requires the ability to handle strict deadlines and work independently in a live Network television news programming environment, with precision and accuracy. While Closed Captioning in fulfillment of our FCC requirements is the first responsibility, this position also provides support functions for the CBS News National Desk.

The primary Closed Captioning duties include:

  • Provision of preparatory information to the extent available, to outside caption service providers in advance of broadcast, such as show scripts, lists of proper names (people and places), song lyrics used in the program, rundowns and other available relevant material.

  • Monitor real-time live (e.g., Eastern time zone feed) & pre-recorded captioning program streams (e.g., repeat feeds to Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones) to determine presence of accurate captions.

  • Assist outside captioning service providers, and other relevant CBS internal operating units, with breaking news which requires closed captioning (e.g., CBS News Special Reports), any updates or changes to repeat feeds and/or contact caption service providers promptly if there is a caption loss or obvious compromise of captions.

  • Additional duties in support of the CBS News National Desk as assigned.


  • 0-2 years of related work experience preferred (recent college graduates with relevant internship experience also okay to apply).

  • This role requires an early morning work schedule (3:30 am - 11:30 am) on Monday through Friday plus working holidays and overtime with short notice.

  • Prior news related experience in production, editorial and/or operations functions at a television network, local affiliate or at a cable network is also helpful.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills are essential.

  • Good PC skills are also required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related major (e.g., Journalism, Communications or English) highly preferred.


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