Susan Zirinsky to Replace David Rhodes as CBS News President
Susan Zirinsky, the longtime manufacturer of “48 Hours” on CBS, will change David Rhodes as the president of the community’s information department in March, the corporate stated Sunday evening.
The sudden announcement was once the newest main body of workers alternate for CBS, which additionally compelled out Leslie Moonves, the corporate’s longtime leader government, in September after a couple of accusations of sexual misconduct.
The information department, which has struggled within the scores, has weathered important upheaval within the ultimate yr. Charlie Rose, the anchor of the morning display, was once fired in November 2017 after a couple of girls accused him of sexual misconduct. Jeff Fager, the longtime government manufacturer of “60 Minutes,” was once fired through Mr. Rhodes in September after he threatened a reporter and colleague taking a look into allegations of sexual harassment towards him. And Ryan Kadro, the manager manufacturer of “CBS This Morning,” introduced ultimate month that he was once departing.
Mr. Rhodes’ contract was once set to expire early this yr however his departure was once now not anticipated throughout the ranks of the inside track department. In reality, over the previous few months, he has been weighing who must change Mr. Fager at “60 Minutes.” Ms. Zirinsky was once the main candidate for the location. Now she is going to make a decision who will take over this system.
In a Sunday evening e mail to the team of workers, the appearing CBS leader government, Joe Ianniello, stated that Mr. Rhodes “decided the time is right to move on to new opportunities.”
Of Ms. Zirinsky, he wrote, “I can think of no one more equipped than ‘Z’ for the job, and we are delighted she has welcomed these new responsibilities.”
Ms. Zirinsky, 66, has been with CBS News for greater than 40 years and has touched virtually each a part of the department, from its morning display to its night newscast and its protection of the White House prior to becoming a member of “48 Hours” in 1996. She was once the foundation for Holly Hunter’s personality within the 1987 film “Broadcast News.”
She now’s one in every of an excessively small choice of girls who’ve been increased to the location of community information department head.
“I have been honored to work closely throughout my career with great CBS News journalists,” Ms. Zirinsky stated in a remark. “This may be a new role, but the mission is the same: deliver quality, in-depth journalism and engaging storytelling. CBS News has an incredible legacy to build on.”
Suggesting that scores might be progressed, Ms. Zirinsky added, “The public’s interest today for news and information is intense, and CBS News is uniquely positioned to expand its reach.”
Mr. Rhodes, who was the president of CBS News in 2011, oversaw a number of key adjustments on the community, together with at its night information program and Sunday public affairs methods, as smartly as a revamp of its morning display. He additionally offered the community’s 24-hour virtual information channel, CBSN.
But CBS News was once the topic of an investigation into the bigger cultural problems on the corporate undertaken after the misconduct allegations towards Mr. Moonves was public. (Mr. Moonves has denied all of the allegations and stated any sexual acts he engaged in have been consensual.) The investigation, which was once performed through two out of doors regulation companies, concluded that regardless that there have been a number of problems which may be progressed — together with at “60 Minutes” and within the promotion of girls into key positions — the inside track department didn’t have “a toxic work or ‘frat house’ environment for women,” in accordance to a draft document of the inquiry reviewed through The New York Times.
But since Mr. Rose’s firing from the community’s weekday morning display — and the appointment of John Dickerson to change him — scores for “CBS This Morning” have plummeted. Additionally, a metamorphosis on the helm of “CBS Evening News” — from Scott Pelley, with whom Mr. Rhodes had a strained dating, to Jeff Glor — has been rocky.
“The new year is a time for renewal, for new goals,” Mr. Rhodes stated in an e mail to the team of workers on Sunday evening. “The world we cover is changing, how we cover it is changing — and it’s the right time for me to make a change too.”