CBS News Extends David Rhodes' Contract Through 2019
David Rhodes has inked a new contract with CBS News through 2019, it was announced Monday.
The CBS News president has been with the company since 2011.
“CBS News is experiencing division-wide growth,” said CBS CEO Leslie Moonves in a statement. “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.”
Rhodes, 41, has most recently spearheaded the launch of the news division's digital channel, CBSN, a joint venture with CBS Interactive. He also helped expand Face the Nation to a full hour after the program became the top-rated Sunday public affairs program. He was involved in the launch of the current iteration of CBS This Morning, which jettisoned the copy-cat formula of other morning shows stressing news and reporting over soft features and cooking segments.
Rhodes came to CBS News from Bloomberg, where he worked closely with incoming NBCUniversal news group chairman Andy Lack. He started his career as a production assistant at Fox News in 1996, eventually rising to become vp news.
He has been running the division solo since last fall when 60 Minutes executive producer, Jeff Fager, returned to the top-rated news program full-time.