Susan Zirinsky named the President of CBS News, First woman to hold the role

Written by Newsroom Staff January 7, 2019 13:02

New Delhi: Susan Zirinsky, the longtime producer of “48 Hours” on CBS, will replace David Rhodes as the president of the network’s news division in March, the company said Sunday night.

President and acting CEO of CBS Corp. Joe Ianniello announced the regime change on Sunday evening. Current CBS News president David Rhodes, whom Zirinsky replaces, issued a statement confirming the news. “The new year is a time for renewal, for new goals,” he wrote. “The world we cover is changing, how we cover it is changing — and it’s the right time for me to make a change too.” Rhodes will vacate his position on March 1 and move into the role of senior advisor to Ianniello and the News division.

Mr. Rhodes’ contract was set to expire early this year but his departure was not expected within the ranks of the news division. In fact, over the last few months, he has been weighing who should replace Mr. Fager at “60 Minutes.” Ms. Zirinsky was the leading candidate for the position. Now she will decide who will take over the program.