CBS News president David Rhodes has extended his contract through February 2019. Rhodes, whose contract had been set to run through 2017, has been President of CBS News since 2011. Until this past January, Rhodes ran the division with Jeff Fager, who was chairman of CBS News; last November, the network announced Fager would, as planned, return to exec producing 60 Minutes full time.
Rhodes, a former Fox News and Bloomberg exec, is known for his non-flashy, it’s-about-the-news approach. Rose is credited with, among other things, launching (with Fager), CBS This Morning to target thought-leaders and influencers, leaving the morning-concert crowd to ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today shows; CBS This Morning recently celebrated its largest viewer delivery in a February sweep in two decades.
Rhodes also is credited with expanding the network’s Bob Schieffer-hosted Sunday Beltway show, Face the Nation, to an hour, growing it to become the genre’s most watched program, and No. 1 in the news demo.
Last November, Rhodes launched CBSN, a 24/7-hour advertiser supported digital streaming news network that is a joint effort of CBS News and CBS Interactive. Rhodes also oversees CBSNews.com and CBS News Radio.
“CBS News is experiencing division-wide growth,” CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves in today’s announcement. “David’s exceptional news judgment and competitive acumen has had a great impact so far, and we look forward to continued growth on all our news broadcasts as we move forward…I’m delighted that CBS News will remain under the leadership of one of the most accomplished young executives in the television news industry for many years to come.”
At Bloomberg, Rhodes was head of US Television, and relaunched the financial news service’s flagship cable channel in 2009. He started his career in 1996 as a Production Assistant at the newly launched Fox News Channel, where he eventually became Vice President of News.