CBS News shakes up execs; '60 Minutes' producer named chairman of CBS News
Jeff Fager, the executive producer of "60 Minutes," has been promoted to the newly created position of chairman of CBS News at the same time CBS has hired David Rhodes -- ex-head of U.S. Television operations for Bloomberg, but maybe better known for the 12 years he spent at Fox News rising from production assistant to vice president -- to become new president of CBS News.
This leaves no room at the inn, news-wise, for Sean McManus. McManus has been heading both the CBS News division and the CBS Sports division since 2005.
Not to worry, he's been promoted as well -- to chairman of CBS Sports.
With McManus out, here's how turf in the news operation will be divvied up:
As chairman of CBS News, Fager will report directly to CBS Corp president and CEO Leslie Moonves and will guide the overall editorial direction, content and quality of all CBS News broadcasts, both on-air and online.
Rhodes will report to Fager and will 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 (Fager and Rhodes), 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," Moonves said in Tuesday's mess-o-announcements.
"As we expand our operations at CBS Sports, CBS College Sports Network and in other parts of our company as well, we will require Sean's uncommon depth of knowledge of the business, his deal-making acumen and his unique and positive relationships throughout the world of sports," Moonves said of McManus.
Lisa de Moraes
| February 8, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
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