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Sean McManus Leaving as CBS News Chief, Jeff Fager New CBS News Chairman, David Rhodes President
Media Bistro ^ | 2-8-2011 | Alex Weprin

Posted on 02/08/2011 10:23:52 AM PST by Red Badger

Breaking: Sean McManus, the president of CBS News and Sports, will be vacating his role as head of CBS News, the company confirms. McManus will become chairman of CBS Sports in the new reporting structure.

In his place, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager will become chairman of CBS News, while David Rhodes, currently in charge of Bloomberg TV, will become president of CBS News. Before Bloomberg, Rhodes spent 12 years at Fox News Channel, starting as a PA and eventually leading the network’s newsgathering division. Fager will continue to oversee “60 Minutes” while serving as chairman

“In these two great news professionals, we get the best of both worlds: the quintessential insider with deep knowledge of the business and all the moving parts at CBS News, as well as a dynamic young executive with strong news management experience and a tough, fresh point of view,” said CBS CEO Les Moonves in a statement. ”They will inherit a proud and dedicated organization that has been well positioned for success in the future by their predecessor Together, they make the ultimate winning team.”

Paul Friedman, currently executive VP at CBS News, will remain in that role.

More information in the official announcement, after the jump.

David Rhodes

CBS NAMES NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM AT CBS NEWS

Jeff Fager, the Executive Producer of 60 MINUTES, has been promoted to the newly created position of Chairman of CBS News, and David Rhodes, most recently the head of U.S. Television operations for Bloomberg, has been named President of CBS News. The announcement was made today by Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.

In his new role as Chairman of CBS News, Fager will report to Moonves and guide the overall editorial direction, content and quality of all CBS News broadcasts, both on-air and online. As President of the division, Rhodes will report to Fager and run the operations of CBS News on a day-to-day basis, taking charge of all coverage and staffing. The appointments are effective February 22, 2011.

“In these two great news professionals, we get the best of both worlds: the quintessential insider with deep knowledge of the business and all the moving parts at CBS News, as well as a dynamic young executive with strong news management experience and a tough, fresh point of view,” said Moonves. “They will inherit a proud and dedicated organization that has been well positioned for success in the future by their predecessor. Together, they make the ultimate winning team.”

Fager and Rhodes succeed Sean McManus who, in a separate announcement released today, has been named to the newly created position of Chairman of CBS Sports.

After a long and eminent career in broadcast journalism, Fager became the Executive Producer of 60 MINUTES when the broadcast’s iconic founder, Don Hewitt, retired in 2004. Since then, he has continued to build the reputation of the broadcast, upholding its quality and increasing its relevance in a new and challenging era of electronic journalism. He oversaw the program’s conversion to high definition while growing its Internet presence and shaping its content to keep 60 MINUTES on top as the #1 news broadcast on television. His efforts resulted in an unprecedented amount of awards and an average audience that is more than double that of its closest newsmagazine competition. Fager will maintain his position as Executive Producer of 60 MINUTES.

“Jeff Fager represents all that is great about CBS News,” said Moonves. “He is one of the most accomplished and trusted journalists in the world, and is now leading what is widely recognized as the greatest news broadcast in history to new levels of excellence and success. Now we’re asking him to bring that vast wealth of experience, passion and judgment to the challenges and opportunities that face our storied News Division. I can think of no better person to maintain and build upon the great history of CBS News and bring it into a bright and competitive future.”

“It’s an exciting opportunity to have worked here as long as I have,” Fager said, “and now to be in a position to guide CBS News into the future, along with someone as smart and talented as David Rhodes. I think it’s also a credit to the fine people of 60 MINUTES, and our executive editor Bill Owens, that the news judgment and values that go into every 60 MINUTES broadcast will have an important influence on CBS News. I also look forward to the opportunity to work closely with Leslie Moonves and thank him for this opportunity.”

David Rhodes has been the head of U.S. Television for Bloomberg since November 2008, managing the channel’s programming, development, editorial, newsgathering, production and operations. In that post, he directed a staff of more than 200 in the United States, based at the company’s New York headquarters. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Rhodes worked for 12 years at Fox News, starting at the channel’s inception in 1996 as a Production Assistant. At the time of his departure, Rhodes was Vice President of News, managing all of the channel’s day-to-day news operations and domestic bureaus, with a particular emphasis on breaking news and political coverage.

“We are extremely pleased that David Rhodes will be joining Jeff at the helm of CBS News,” Moonves said. “David is a tremendously talented and dynamic new voice in our organization, and he has already made a name for himself as a superb journalist and news executive with great energy, credibility and dedication. We believe he will make a huge contribution to the culture of CBS News, to its daily operations and vision, and will also offer fresh insights and a new point of view on the way we do things. In a changing business, that can only add to our strength.”

“The world needs great broadcast journalism right now—and we’re going to work tirelessly to produce that at CBS News,” said Rhodes. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Jeff Fager, and hear his extraordinary passion for the institution. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team and get started.”

Before his work at 60 MINUTES, and later as the founding producer of 60 MINUTES II, Fager was the executive producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH DAN RATHER from 1996 to 1998, leading the broadcast’s highly praised rededication to hard news, enterprise reporting and increased foreign coverage. By the time he left to start 60 MINUTES II, the CBS EVENING NEWS had gained more than one million viewers over the previous year. Fager was also the senior broadcast producer for the CBS EVENING NEWS between 1994 and 1996, covering many major international stories, including the war in Bosnia and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Prior to that, he was a producer for 60 MINUTES from 1989 to 1994, primarily working with correspondents Morley Safer and Steve Kroft, and was part of the original team that developed and launched 48 HOURS, the primetime CBS News magazine.

Between 1983 and 1988, Fager served as a producer on the CBS EVENING NEWS and was based in London and New York covering numerous international stories, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan; the bombing of Libya in 1986; and the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. He joined CBS News from KPIX-TV San Francisco, where he was a broadcast producer, and began his career as a production assistant in Boston in 1977 at the CBS station, WBZ-TV.

David Rhodes joined Bloomberg after 12 years at Fox. Over the course of his time there, he was a member of election night decision teams beginning in 2002; managed international projects with a particular emphasis on war assignments and newsgathering arrangements in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Gulf region; and directed the channel’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as other major events. He was managing the network’s assignment desk on the morning of September 11, 2001.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: news; seebs

1 posted on 02/08/2011 10:24:00 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Good bye Katie!


2 posted on 02/08/2011 10:25:22 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Red Badger
Eyeball News is going the way of the dinosaurs.
3 posted on 02/08/2011 10:31:02 AM PST by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: Red Badger

4 posted on 02/08/2011 10:31:50 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Resurrect Rather.
5 posted on 02/08/2011 10:40:00 AM PST by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

She is still recovering from her trauma in Egypt. I hear they had no Fiji water in her room!


6 posted on 02/08/2011 10:57:06 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: Red Badger

Didn’t know they still did news at SeeBS.


7 posted on 02/08/2011 11:28:32 AM PST by w1andsodidwe (How can you tell when the President is lying? When his lips move, of course.)
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To: w1andsodidwe

Neither did anybody else, apparently...........


8 posted on 02/08/2011 11:38:44 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Red Badger
“In these two great news professionals, we get the best of both worlds: the quintessential insider with deep knowledge of the business and all the moving parts at CBS News, as well as a dynamic young executive with strong news management experience and a tough, fresh point of view,” said Moonves. I hear that just to be different, SeeBS will try liberal advocacy -- of course, as a 'tough, fresh point of view'.
9 posted on 02/08/2011 11:39:31 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

They could save millions o’$$ just by having a different intern read the news every night, like BBC.............


10 posted on 02/08/2011 11:40:22 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Barking Moonbat, er, Moonves....


11 posted on 02/08/2011 11:41:41 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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“....a dynamic young executive with strong news management experience....”

“....NEWS MANAGEMENT....” Is that like a traffic cop managing traffic? (a Goldie Hawn type of question)


12 posted on 02/08/2011 11:55:08 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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“News management” must be a lot like herding cats..............all those egos to massage and news stories to spin properly......good work if you can get it...........


13 posted on 02/08/2011 11:59:07 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: shove_it

He is busy scanning the internet for the frequency...

Kennith is playing a sick game of hide and seek...


14 posted on 02/08/2011 12:02:22 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais is beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Fager is not a bad guy.

STRAC!

MOS?


15 posted on 02/08/2011 12:09:10 PM PST by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR since 1998.)
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To: Red Badger

CBS News now has yet another chance to do something new and revolutionary in network news...something bordering on the almost obscene for the nets...TELL THE TRUTH.


16 posted on 02/08/2011 12:28:48 PM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: Red Badger
Of course, we all know the Democrats and their propaganda wing over at CBS would never forge anything for political gain, now would they.

On September 8, 2004, Dan Rather cited “exclusive information, including documents” to justify major CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes stories alleging that George W. Bush shirked his duties when he was in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1960s and 1970s. Within a few hours of those documents being posted on CBS News’s Web site, however, typography experts voiced skepticism that the documents had actually originated with their alleged author and Bush’s former commanding officer, the late Lt. Colonel Jerry Killian. As the evidence mounted, Rather stubbornly clung to the idea that his story was bulletproof, and he derided critics as partisans and Internet rumormongers. When he “apologized” on September 20, Rather would not concede that the documents were forgeries, only that he and CBS could “no longer vouch for their authenticity.”

CBS Disregarded Experts, Challenged Laura Bush: ABC’s Brian Ross reported on the September 14 World News Tonight that “two experts hired by CBS News say the network ignored concerns they raised prior to the broadcast about the disputed National Guard records.” But over on CBS, reporter John Roberts wondered why President Bush wasn’t taking those memos seriously: “The President has yet to weigh in on new documents about his National Guard record made public last week by 60 Minutes.” Roberts also chastised First Lady Laura Bush for doubting CBS’s memos were authentic: “Laura Bush offered no evidence to back up her claim, and CBS News continues to stand by its reporting.”

Sticking By His Smear: On September 10, Dan Rather responded to charges the memos he cited as proving Bush’s dereliction were forged, telling his CBS Evening News audience that the memos were genuine and attacking any doubters as partisan rumor-mongers. “Today, on the Internet and elsewhere, some people, including many who are partisan political operatives, concentrated not on the key questions of the overall story, but on the documents that were part of the support of the story,” Rather castigated. But his lame defense ignored key challenges to the documents’ typography and content, and the doubts voiced by the widow and son of the supposed author, the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. Instead, Rather chose to repeat his indictment of President Bush’s National Guard service. Rather arrogantly concluded: “If any definitive evidence to the contrary of our story is found, we will report it. So far there is none.” (CyberAlert, September 11, 2004)

17 posted on 02/08/2011 4:41:06 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Rome2000

The ‘Tiffany Network’ is corrupted and devoid of character. They have sold their collective souls to the Devil, in a Faustian suicide pact.....


18 posted on 02/08/2011 4:51:07 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: shove_it

19 posted on 02/08/2011 7:52:22 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...
Before Bloomberg, Rhodes spent 12 years at Fox News Channel, starting as a PA and eventually leading the network's newsgathering division.
Too bad about his being at Bloomberg. Thanks Red Badger.


20 posted on 02/08/2011 8:13:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Red Badger
I would like to see how much the “news” division spends on photoshop artists and video "editors"...
21 posted on 02/09/2011 1:00:46 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Red Badger

Which one has the guts to fire Katie?


22 posted on 02/09/2011 1:44:03 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Red Badger; SJackson; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; Impy; InterceptPoint; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; ...

Does anyone really give a hoot about CBS news executives? They might as well bring back “Mr. Integrity” himself: Dan Rather. All they are doing is rearranging the deck chairs on their Titanic. Their ratings continuously tank as they broadcast leftist propaganda which they call “news.”


23 posted on 02/09/2011 5:26:27 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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