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CBS News Will Try to Reinvent Itself, Again

CBS News Will Try to Reinvent Itself, Again

Business
“The wants and habits of our consumers evolve by the day,” Mr. Cheeks wrote to his staff in a memo last week. He effusively praised Ms. Zirinsky as an “indefatigable” driver of “powerful journalism” while suggesting that it would fall to the next generation of CBS leaders to usher in the modern era: “Z has helped position the division for success.”Today in BusinessUpdated April 16, 2021, 1:30 p.m. ETMs. Zirinsky, in the interview, said that “every part of my being believes this transition is right, at the right time, with the right ideas.” She conceded she “would be lying” if she claimed ratings were unimportant, but she noted that “Evening News” had narrowed its deficit in the key demographic and that she had shored up a newsroom that, after the convulsions of recent years, had “felt...
CBS News Names 2 Outsiders to Succeed Its President

CBS News Names 2 Outsiders to Succeed Its President

Business
Two years ago, CBS picked the ultimate insider to run its broadcast news division: Susan Zirinsky, whose decades-long tenure at the network stretched to the days of Walter Cronkite.Now the network is turning to a pair of outsiders — one from the world of newspapers and digital publishing — to restore the fortunes of a news operation that trails its rivals at ABC and NBC.CBS said on Thursday that Neeraj Khemlani, a vice president at the publishing powerhouse Hearst, and Wendy McMahon, a former ABC executive, would succeed Ms. Zirinsky. The two will serve as presidents and co-heads of CBS News, a division that will be expanded to include local stations owned by the network.In the gossipy world of TV news, neither executive had been rumored to be a candidate for the top CBS role.Mr. Khemlani ...
CBS News President Prepares Exit as Broadcast News Is in Flux

CBS News President Prepares Exit as Broadcast News Is in Flux

Business
The first woman to lead CBS News, Susan Zirinsky, is expected to announce that she is stepping down from the presidency of the network’s news division, possibly as soon as this week, a person with knowledge of the plan said on Tuesday.Ms. Zirinsky, 69, was appointed in January 2019 to right a battered ship. At the time, CBS was confronting several key executive departures and unsavory revelations about its news division as a wider reckoning on workplace misconduct roiled the media industry.CBS declined to comment. Ms. Zirinsky is expected to sign a production deal with the network’s parent company, ViacomCBS, to work on broadcast, cable and streaming programs, according to the person with knowledge of the details of her departure.ABC News is also set to take on a new leader. Its previous p...