CBS TV Distribution PR Topper John Wentworth Is Retiring

John Wentworth - Headshot - P - 2016

The 33-year veteran of the company, who started at Paramount TV, will step down in 2017 — but plans to pursue other projects.

One of the more venerable names in TV publicity is moving on. John A. Wentworth, executive vp of communications at CBS TV Distribution, announced Tuesday to staffers that he will soon retire.

A 33-year veteran of the company, Wentworth revealed that he will depart in March, allowing CBSTVD time to find a replacement and help with the transition. The lengthy list of shows under Wentworth's purview includes Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, Judge Judy, Inside Edition, Jeopardy and Rachael Ray, among many others.

Wentworth, who started at Paramount TV, sent the following email to colleagues earlier on Tuesday, emphasizing that he is not retiring altogether and will be pursuing other passions and projects.

Hello Friends…

Good news!

In my position, the news isn’t and shouldn’t be about me. But today it is. I want you to know that I have let my bosses and colleagues know that in March 2017, I will retire from CBS. This notice gives the company time to plan for my succession and gives me the chance to orderly transition my responsibilities to get ready for life outside CBS.

33 years ago this month I started with Paramount TV and continued with CBS on an incredible journey. Working with all of the amazing executives, talent, colleagues, shows, media and projects made this wide-eyed Emerson College graduate’s career dreams come true! The experiences were literally life-changing, the friends I’ve made have been life-long and the gratitude I feel toward everyone along the way is real and deep and sincere.

I have been thinking about this for many months so I’m ready and excited to move into the next chapter of my life. And while I will be retiring from CBS (it actually sounds a bit better to say “semi-retiring!”), I don’t plan to retire from working. There are ideas and passions to pursue, hopefully not too far from all of you.

I’ve got plenty of work to do until next Spring, so you’ll find me right here in my office (although don’t be too surprised to see my Out Of Office letting you know I’m using up some of my vacation time!).

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and, well, thanks for everything!

John A. Wentworth
Executive Vice President, Communications
CBS Television Distribution