BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "Face the Nation" is remaining an hour long.
CBS News says the Sunday interview program will stick with its hour length beyond its provisional expansion that began in April.
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Until then, the broadcast had been only 30 minutes in duration, half the length of rival shows "Meet the Press" on NBC and "This Week" on ABC. Roughly one-third of CBS stations still aren't airing the second half-hour each week.
CBS News President David Rhodes says the announcement Sunday is meant to assure those holdouts that the show's expansion won't be short-lived.
The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association conference.
"Face the Nation," with Bob Schieffer anchoring, has grown in viewership in recent months and is now the top-rated Sunday morning public-affairs show.