Jeff Fager to Be Named Chairman of CBS News

4:00 p.m. | Updated Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes,” will be named chairman of CBS News on Tuesday, with Sean McManus, the president of CBS News and Sports, returning exclusively to the sports division as chairman, the network said.
David Rhodes, who had been head of television operations for Bloomberg News, will become president of CBS News under Mr. Fager, who will remain in charge of “60 Minutes.”
The changes amount to a major shakeup at the CBS Corporation, where Mr. McManus has run both the news and sports divisions for the last five years. The appointments are effective Feb. 22.
Mr. McManus has been keen to move back full time to the sports division for some time.
Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of the CBS Corporation, said of Mr. Fager and Mr. Rhodes, “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.”
In a statement he called them “the ultimate winning team.”
This spring, they and Mr. Moonves face a major decision: whether to renew the contract of Katie Couric, the anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”
Asked whether he would renew Ms. Couric’s contract, Mr. Rhodes said in a telephone interview, “I haven’t even gone to work there yet. It’s premature to talk about that.”
“I look forward to meeting Katie and everybody at CBS News,” he added.
During the interview Mr. Rhodes was in a cab on the way to the CBS News headquarters on West 57th Street, crosstown from the Bloomberg building on Lexington Avenue, where he had met earlier in the day with Bloomberg executives to discuss his departure.
Mr. Rhodes has worked in cable — not broadcast — for the entirety of his career, which included a long stint at the Fox News Channel. “Even with that experience, there is still something network can do that cable can’t, and that is just reaching enormous audiences,” Mr. Rhodes said. “I think that more than ever, there is a need for that.”

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