CBS News has begun the New Year with confirmation that it will welcome in a new president after announcing that incumbent David Rhodes is to stand down, enabling the elevation of current senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky to fill the role.
Rhodes will continue in his duties until an agreed switchover on 1 March after which he will commence a new role as senior adviser Joe Ianniello, CEO of CBS Corp, as well as to the news division of the broadcast empire.
Outlining the rationale behind the move via an internal memo, Rhodes said: “The new year is a time for renewal, for new goals. 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.”
Zirinsky rose to prominence during the Watergate scandal, going on to produce a string of highly regarded documentaries and programs over the next four decades.
Rhodes’ departure follows the resignation of CEO Leslie Moonves last September, precipitated by a flurry of allegations pertaining to sexual assault and harassment, closely followed by the dismissal of presenter Charlie Rose, who had been suspended since November 2017 on the back of allegations of a similar nature.