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CBS News Shakeup: Sean McManus Steps Down To Focus On Sports, Jeff Fager Named Chairman, David Rhodes President

Nellie Andreeva

CBS News is getting a new leadership team. Sean McManus, who has served as president of CBS News and Sports since 2005, is stepping down as president of CBS News to assume the position of chairman, CBS Sports.

60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager is being upped to chairman of CBS News while continuing to work on 60 Minutes; and David Rhodes, the 37-year-old former head of U.S. Television for Bloomberg, has joined CBS News as president.

“While running our superb Sports Division, Sean has also done a terrific job steering CBS News through a period of transition and change, and the division is clearly on a better footing than it was the day he arrived,” CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said. Sean McManus was named president, of CBS Sports, in November 1996 and president of CBS News in October 2005.  He is only the second person in the industry to hold both division titles simultaneously; Roone Arledge held both at ABC from 1977-86.

Among the challenges for CBS News’ new toppers is dealing with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric whose contract is coming up.

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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