New 'CBS This Morning' Executive Producer to Start Next Month, CBS News Chief Says

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CBS News president David Rhodes

"We have a number of compelling internal and external candidates to lead CTM," CBS News chief David Rhodes said in a Friday night memo.

At the end of a day that began with CBS This Morning executive producer Ryan Kadro announcing his departure, CBS News president David Rhodes on Friday night told staffers in a memo that Kadro's successor will be announced "soon" and will be in place next month.

"We have a number of compelling internal and external candidates to lead CTM," Rhodes said in the memo, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "I met with the show’s senior team this morning to tell them we would be making an announcement soon and will have the new EP take the reins in January."

Rhodes thanked Kadro for his service to the division. "Ryan Kadro has dedicated himself completely to this broadcast since its inception — especially since taking over as Executive Producer," he said. "He has played an important role helping build the most relevant morning program on television. Ryan has announced that he will be moving on in January after helping with a transition. We wish him well in his future endeavors."

In the memo, Rhodes also addressed the broader turbulence in the company, which is being led on an interim basis by Joseph Ianniello while a successor to Les Moonves is found. CBS employees are still bracing for the results of an outside investigation being conducted by two law firms that is expected to find examples of sexual misconduct and impropriety, based on a leaked early draft of a report obtained by The New York Times.

"Even as the pace of change has challenged our organization I continue to be assured in conversations with Joe Ianniello that our company is committed to positive change," Rhodes wrote. "We’re working in concert to bring everything to fruition as quickly as possible on a number of fronts. I know we will finish the year strong and be well positioned for 2019."

The full memo is below.

A brief note to close out the week.

First, CBS This Morning. This broadcast is among the most distinguished news programs anywhere, owning Real News in the morning in these incredible times. We couldn’t be prouder of Gayle, Norah, John, Bianna, and everyone involved in this program.

Ryan Kadro has dedicated himself completely to this broadcast since its inception — especially since taking over as Executive Producer. He has played an important role helping build the most relevant morning program on television. Ryan has announced that he will be moving on in January after helping with a transition. We wish him well in his future endeavors.

We have a number of compelling internal and external candidates to lead CTM. I met with the show’s senior team this morning to tell them we would be making an announcement soon and will have the new EP take the reins in January.

At the same time, everyone throughout the division is working tirelessly to make sure that our broadcasts continue to deliver their best work.

2019 will be no less competitive than the year we have just seen. We’re ramping up planning for our next election season already — and we are fortunate that a number of colleagues have already raised their hand about contributing to this effort ahead of the 2020 campaign coverage.

Even as the pace of change has challenged our organization I continue to be assured in conversations with Joe Ianniello that our company is committed to positive change. We’re working in concert to bring everything to fruition as quickly as possible on a number of fronts. I know we will finish the year strong and be well positioned for 2019.

David