A number of key staff moves are said to be on hold at CBS News until Gayle King is locked in to a new deal, and The New York Post’s Page Six reports that a deal appears to be close to happening.
“Insiders believe King — who already has a $5.5 million-a-year deal — is much needed on struggling ‘CBS This Morning,’ as news chiefs attempt to boost the show’s plunging ratings,” The Post reports. “Meanwhile, all negotiations over whether her co-host Norah O’Donnell will replace Jeff Glor on ‘CBS Evening News’ are on hold until King’s deal is signed, Page Six has learned.”
While O’Donnell reportedly wants to move the news program to Washington, DC, the report quotes a source saying: “Everything has gone very quiet. Nothing will be done until Gayle has signed her contract. It looks likely that she’s staying — but we don’t know what the holdup is.”
The report quotes an insider saying that with the possibility that “Evening News” will move to Washington, “Everyone is stressed — they want to know what’s happening.”