Steve Capus Out at 'CBS Evening News'

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It’s the second executive move in as many weeks; last week NBC News announced that Don Nash would step down as executive producer of the 'Today' show.

Steve Capus is stepping down as executive producer of the CBS Evening News. The announcement came Tuesday morning in an internal email from CBS News president David Rhodes. Capus will be replaced by Mosheh Oinounou, who was among the producers who launched the network’s streaming service CBSN.

The transition comes as Jeff Glor recently assumed the anchor role in December. It’s the second executive move in as many weeks; last week NBC News announced that Don Nash would step down as executive producer of the Today show. That change came in the wake of Hoda Kotb's ascendance to the co-anchor chair next to Savannah Guthrie. 

Capus will stay on at the broadcast through a brief transition period and remain at CBS News. He came to CBS News after a long career at NBC News, during which he worked closely with Brian Williams. 

Oinounou joined CBS news in 2011 after stints at Fox News and Bloomberg (Rhodes also previously worked at both organizations). At CBSN he oversaw the On Assignment documentary newsmagazine and previously was a senior producer on CBS This Morning.

He’ll work to integrate Glor’s broadcast with CBS Interactive.

“I look forward to working with Jeff and the talented team at CBS Evening News,” said Oinounou in a statement. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work on this broadcast as we make it even more relevant in the 24/7 digital world.”

Rhodes’ full memo:

This morning, Steve Capus announced to the Evening News team that he will be leaving the broadcast in the coming weeks. We are all immensely grateful to Steve for his tireless work on behalf of CBS News over the last four-plus years. The exceptional journalism that remains a hallmark of the CBS Evening News has thrived under Steve’s leadership, earning more than a dozen awards. His wealth of experience supported three anchors with the highest standards of the trade, culminating in the recent launch of the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor.

With that anchor transition complete we will be adding emphasis to new approaches and digital extensions from Jeff and other correspondents all around our organization. Jeff’s commitment to real news coverage is clear, notably his breaking news reporting and recent broadcast from Santa Barbara County in particular. The journalism that we all showcase on CBS stations each evening can live 24/7 in a form relevant to an even wider range of viewers online.

To continue this evolution, Mosheh Oinounou has been named Executive Producer and will begin leading the team after a transition. An entrepreneur in our newsroom, Mosheh was part of the launch leadership of CBSN, streaming our coverage to all devices on every significant platform. Mosheh’s digital experience and creativity will help make the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor an important part of the future of news.

Mosheh will be working closely with Ingrid as he builds his team and will be looking to collaborate with many of you going forward.
I look forward to working with Steve through his transition as we explore the best opportunities within CBS for Steve to apply his talents. We'll host a proper EN send-off soon. Attached is our press release going out this morning.

Capus' memo:

There are few times in a professional life when one is presented with the perfect alignment of opportunity, challenge and calling. That’s exactly the way I feel about the last four years at the helm of the CBS Evening News.

During one of the most unique and challenging news cycles, our Evening News team has consistently produced a high-quality, respected and smart broadcast. This team of journalists is world-class, and I’ve been honored to put a spotlight on so many collective and individual contributions to the finest in broadcast journalism. Partnering with my senior staff, world-wide production teams, Scott Pelley, Anthony Mason and now Jeff Glor has been a gratifying privilege. David Rhodes has enthusiastically supported our initiatives, and I’ve been fortunate to serve on his senior management group.

Just three months ago, David entrusted my team with launching Jeff’s tenure at Evening News. It’s been a whirlwind of transition planning; revamping the production and re-imaging what it takes to succeed. Jeff’s already anchored many noteworthy broadcasts, which all point to an extremely bright future for Jeff and the CBS Evening News.

Now that Jeff is successfully launched, it’s time to hand over the reins. In the coming weeks, I will begin work on my next chapters. Regardless of whether those chapters are written here at CBS or elsewhere, I’m looking forward to new endeavors. Between now and then, I will continue to serve as executive editor while doing everything I can to ensure an orderly transition with the new executive producer. 

In recent years, the CBS Evening News has earned every major broadcast journalism award and top honors. I take great personal pride in those accomplishments and our distinctive division-wide commitment to excellence. None of it is possible without the dedicated talents of the women and men of CBS News. Thank you one and all.

Here’s to the road ahead…