'CBS This Morning' Executive Producer Ryan Kadro Stepping Down

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The executive producer who's been with the morning show since its inception informed the staff on Friday morning after today's episode wrapped.

Ryan Kadro, a CBS News veteran who has been with CBS This Morning since it was launched almost seven years ago, is stepping down as the show's executive producer. 

Kadro informed the show's staff on Friday morning after the show wrapped. He will continue at the show through the holidays, during which time he will assist with the leadership transition. Kadro's last day will be Jan. 4. 

"In 2011 we sat in a room with a white board and a mission to reimagine morning television on a broadcast network," Kadro wrote in an email to the show's staff. "We were just going to do the news and whatever stories interested us. Conventions be damned. I leave CBS incredibly proud of how that has turned out."

The news confirms rumors of Kadro's exit that surfaced earlier this week. CTM — which launched in January 2012 with Gayle King and Charlie Rose and soon after adding Norah O'Donnell — has been a bright spot for the news division, giving CBS its biggest morning news audience in about 30 years. But the ouster of Rose in November 2017 disrupted the show's momentum. It has lost about 500,000 viewers since Rose's exit, from about 3.7 million to 3.2 million.

Kadro was a senior producer on the show under former executive producer Chris Licht. He succeeded Licht in 2016, after the latter jumped to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Kadro's contract is coming due and exit discussions with the network centered on the need for a new direction at CTM, given the ratings downturn. 

Kadro's email to staff is below.

Team,

Nearly nine years after we created CBS This Morning, I’m stepping aside and leaving it in very capable hands. This will be effective January 4, 2019. Until then I’ll be working to help transition new leadership. I want to thank you all for the tireless dedication and professionalism you bring to the newsroom and control room every day. Your passion for news and great storytelling is unrivaled. It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside all of you in our shared pursuit of excellence.

In 2011 we sat in a room with a white board and a mission to reimagine morning television on a broadcast network. We were just going to do the news and whatever stories interested us. Conventions be damned. I leave CBS incredibly proud of how that has turned out. We’ve grown our share of the morning television audience to the highest levels in CBS News history. We received DuPont and Peabody awards, won a Murrow Award for Best Newscast in 2017, and earned nearly thirty Emmy nominations, bringing home six trophies. We also figured out how to show people their world in ninety-ish seconds. But every day when I walk into that newsroom, I know we’re really just getting started. The best days of CTM are in its future.

Which brings me back to my future, and this decision. David and I started a series of conversations in September. Through our discussions, I couldn’t shake the feeling in my gut that I need a new challenge (and a serious nap.) It’s the natural course of things.

Soon, I will say goodbye to this broadcast I love. I do so knowing that your garden is filled with green shoots. That you have amazing anchors, a talented senior staff who cares about you, and a division filled with people who love news and CTM as much as all of you love news and CTM. But for now, I say the biggest thank you imaginable to best team in television.

THANK YOU!

Ryan