After a 16-month stint, David Friedman has become the latest executive producer to depart CBS’ low-rated Early Show. The move comes after Friedman’s complete anchor overhaul in January failed to produce any ratings gain for the morning show, which has been mired in third place. It also follows February’s shakeup at CBS News that handed the reins to Jeff Fager and David Rhodes and Rhodes’ email last month, which blasted the Early Show team for poor news judgment because they didn’t cover big stories broken by CBS News the night before. Earlier today, Fager and Rhodes said they “intend to help (Friedman) find the right place at CBS or elsewhere.” Friedman’s departure comes 3 months after his father, Paul Friedman, departed CBS News. According to NYT, Friedman will be succeed at the Early Show by Chris Licht, executive producer of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
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