Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor
New York, NY, United States (4E) – Susan Zirinsky has taken over CBS News on Monday after its former president David Rhodes stepped down. The news network was embroiled in a series of sexual-harassment scandals in the past year and Zirinsky’s takeover has been received by a roar of applause from CBS employees and the general public.
Zirinsky has been with CBS for four decades, with “48 Hours” and “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” two of his biggest contributions to the network. Once she official assumes the position on March, she will become the first woman to head the news division.
“I’ve been at CBS since I was 20 years old,” 66-year-old Zirinsky said told The New York Times. “I really care about bringing this organization together both functionally and spiritually.”
Zirinsky’s promotion was greeted with positive response from fellows at CBS. Gayle King said that Zirinsky is the right ship that will help CBS News wade through the troubled water it is currently in. Former CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer said Zirisinky is “perfect for this job” and described her as the “hardest-working person that I have ever known.”
Rhodes became president of CBS News in 2011. He saw key changes at the company, including the evening news programs and Sunday public affairs programs. It was also under his leadership that the 24-hour digital news channel, CBSN, was launched.
However, Rhodes administration was rocked with a series of internal turmoil, particularly with respect to misconduct allegations involving key persons such as Leslie Moonves.
Insiders told The Daily Beasts that it’s likely one of Zirinsky’s first act as CBS News head honcho is to appoint another female to a top post at the network. It’s likely “CBS This Morning” host Norah O’Donnell will be assigned to do the “Evening News”.
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