CBS announced a number of changes today among the top management team for CBS News, with Jeff Fager taking over as chairman of the division, a newly created position. The company is also bringing in a new face, David Rhodes, as president of CBS News.
Fager has been exec producer of CBS’s “60 Minutes” since 2004. Rhodes has most recently been head of U.S. television operations for Bloomberg.
The announcement was made today by Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp.
Sean McManus, who has been president of CBS News and Sports since 2005, was promoted to the newly created position of chairman of CBS Sports.
“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,” CBS said in a statement. “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 Feb. 22, the company said.
"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," Moonves said 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."
As chairman of CBS Sports, McManus “will focus on the expanding portfolio of sports properties across all CBS Sports operations,” the company said. He will step down from his role as president of CBS News.