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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

CBS News shakes up execs; '60 Minutes' producer named chairman of CBS News

By Lisa de Moraes

David Rhodes, left, Jeff Fager and Sean McManus. (AP)

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.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 8, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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Who cares? Katie Couric as anchor means most people left for other channels long ago.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 8, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Just as Dan Rather became so anti-Bush that he lost objectivity; Katy Couric is so pro-Obama that we can't trust CBS News. I've switched channels.

Posted by: AnnsThought | February 8, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Can we dare to hope that CBS will now stop being an acronym for Couric's Bull S**t?

Posted by: htimothyjones1 | February 8, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Someone once told me that since I had retired, I did not have to settle for news in a created for excitement, horrific in nature, doom and gloom is around the corner story just after this word from our sponsor which happens to be Depends. He said read the papers from around the country. At least five major cities and a couple of small or mid-size towns, particularly the editorials to get the pulse of how people are thinking.
I do not watch 24 hour news where everything that happens is a major crisis that wants to draw you into a ringside seat of someone else's tragedy. I don't want to watch CBS, NBC, or ABC because it you cannot cover the major international events and domestic events of the day in 30 minutes -(x minutes for commercials). Why cause yourself grief.
Read a newspaper, in fact read many newspapers, and if you have to wait until after work, and familial obligations to do so; then, wait until that time and do it. You will become much more enlightened than you have by what is on TV.

Posted by: jfregus | February 8, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I won't be holding my breath waiting for C(ertified)B(iased)S(ocialists)) to also become "Fair and Balanced".

Posted by: TeaPartyNation | February 8, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't particularly follow CBS so I don't really know if this is major change. What I do find interesting is the comments critizing CBS or Couric as biased and pro-Obama. They may be correct about this bias, but it is especially funny coming from someone who thinks FOX is really "fair and balanced". If you believe that FOX is not biased, I'm not sure that you live in reality.

Posted by: fosseweber | February 8, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Rhodes needs to rethink the comb forward look.

Posted by: buddrs | February 8, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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