CBS President David Rhodes is to leave the network – after a “nightmare” year for CBS Page Six has learned.
Under-pressure Rhodes — whose contract is up next month — has been at the helm of the news division for over seven years. But he’s faced a troubled year starting with Charlie Rose’s exit amid sexual harassment allegations.
This was then followed by the departure of CBS chief Les Moonves following claims of workplace sexual harassment, abusive behavior and gender discrimination. Days later, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager was fired.
Disgraced CEO Moonves has already been denied a $120 million golden parachute and CBS staff are currently awaiting the results of a report into the company, expected at the end of the month, which is set to put huge changes into place at the network.
Meanwhile, ratings have now taken a hit at some of Rhodes’ shows as he’s had to grapple with anchor changes.
And a TV source told Page Six, Rhodes is working on an exit deal with CBS, saying: “David wasn’t going to be fired. But it has been a nightmare year for him after a good run. He’s really been in the the firing line.”
Rhodes also yet to name a permanent executive producer at “60 Minutes” and replace Ryan Kadro, the outgoing executive producer of “CBS This Morning”.
He is also dealing with tumbling ratings at “CBS Evening News,” “Face The Nation” and “CBS This Morning.”
When Rose was ousted last year from “CBS This Morning”, CBS News replaced him with John Dickerson of “Face the Nation.”
Dickerson was in turn succeeded by Margaret Brennan. Viewership at both programs has suffered. “CBS This Morning,” saw its overall viewership fall three percent in the 2017-2018 TV season.
Meanwhile, the decision to replace Scott Pelley at “CBS Evening News” with Jeff Glor hasn’t won a new audience.
The show has lost viewers and fallen further behind its evening-news rivals at NBC and ABC. “60 Minutes” and “CBS Sunday Morning” have remained stable, with the former getting some of TV’s top viewership numbers, even after the staff was stunned by the departure of Fager.
According to the LA Times, Susan Zirinsky, a longtime producer, will replace CBS News President David Rhodes in March. She will be the first woman to lead the division in the network’s history.
CBS News declined to comment.