The CBS Evening News leader resigns in the middle of the management reorg

The CBS Evening News leader resigns in the middle of the management reorg

CBS Evening News executive producer Jay Shaylor is finishing in the middle of reorganizing the show’s management, sources told Axios.

Why it matters: It is the second major leadership on the show in the last few years. The program has struggled for years to compete for ratings with evening news on ABC and NBC.

Details: The departure was announced suddenly Friday morning on a team call to Shaylor, formerly a producer at CNN. He had been in his role with CBS since the end of 2019.

  • Sources tell Axios that it’s part of a broader management uprising on CBS Evening News. Last week, the network called Alturo Rhymes and Elizabeth Turner co-senior TV producers.

The big picture: CBS Evening News has undergone many changes in the last few years. Norah O’Donnell took over as anchor for the show in 2019.

  • The show moved from New York to Washington, DC that year, changing its leadership along with the shakeup.

Be smart: It is not uncommon for leadership changes to change with larger broadcasts when management changes within the broader network structure. In April, ViacomCBS appointed Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon president and co-chief of a unit that will oversee both CBS News and CBS television stations.

What they say: “Jay Shaylor is leaving the company. We thank him for his contribution to the broadcast and for helping to develop it into the effective program it is today,” CBS News said in a statement.

  • “The evening news is in fantastic hands with a star team of journalists, led by Elizabeth Turner and Alturo Rhymes, as we decide on new leadership.”
  • “With Norah O’Donnell as anchor and managing editor, Evening News is in its best competitive position for years. We are very proud of the broadcast and what this team will be capable of as we move forward.”


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