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Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 8:28AM EST
Gayle King may stay with CBS News now that Susan Zirinsky is its new president
Source: Page Six
The CBS This Morning co-anchor reportedly shouted "I'll come with you!" at a Friday meeting in which Zirinsky implored the staff to “Come with me, and help make CBS the greatest it’s ever been.”
Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 7:34AM EST
Susan Zirinsky is a TV news legend who's been with CBS News since age 20
Source: The New York Times
The 48 Hours executive producer, who's 66, was announced Sunday as the first woman to lead CBS News. “She’s the hardest-working person that I have ever known,” said retired Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, who has known Zirinsky since she joined CBS News as a desk assistant in 1972. “She literally never stops. And I think it’ll pump a little enthusiasm into a place that kind of really needs it right now.” For her part, Zirinsky admits she's actually turned down the job of running CBS News before because she considers herself primarily a producer. But this time, she says she opted to say yes because of all the problems within the division. “The context of the times really, really demands a focus and a commitment on the part of journalists to hold firm and not to be distracted by somebody yelling at you or calling you names,” she tells The New York Times. “When you go into battle or go into a boxing ring and they trash-talk you to take you off your footing, you can’t do that. That’s part of why I thought it was so important to do this now.”
Posted Monday 1/07/19 at 1:57PM EST
CBS This Morning hosts cheer Susan Zirinsky's promotion to CBS News president, with Gayle King admitting the division has been struggling
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"When I heard the news last night, I was doing a happy dance ... on the Upper West Side," King said this morning. "Because I feel that we were sort of like a ship, not sinking, but taking on water. And, I feel that she is somebody who can right the ship, because she gets us, she knows us, and by 'us' I mean this organization."
Posted Monday 1/07/19 at 6:19AM EST
Susan Zirinsky tapped to become CBS News' first female president, replacing David Rhodes
Source: Los Angeles Times
The veteran 48 Hours producer -- who joined CBS News in 1972 and who inspired Holly Hunter's Broadcast News character -- was in consideration to become the new executive producer of 60 Minutes. Now Zirinsky, known as "Z," will run the entire CBS News division that has been rocked by sexual misconduct scandals and other issues. She'll also pick who'll replace Jeff Fager as 60 Minutes producer. “60 Minutes is the No. 1 news program and will continue to be that,” CBS' acting CEO Joe Ianniello told the Los Angeles Times. “Susan can add more value creatively on some of our other broadcasts and have an impact that’s much greater on the entire organization.” Even though Rhodes' contract as CBS News president was set to expire early this year, his exit has reportedly come as a surprise among staffers. “I can think of no one more equipped than ‘Z’ for the job, and we are delighted she has welcomed these new responsibilities," Ianniello said in an email to CBS News staffers.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 3:43AM EDT
60 Minutes executive producer job is reportedly down to two internal CBS News candidates
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter reports 60 Minutes executive editor Bill Owens, who was named interim 60 Minutes executive producer in the wake of Jeff Fager's firing, is said to be one of the final two candidates. He's competing in an "internal bake-off" with CBS News veteran Susan Zirinsky, who currently oversees 48 Hours and was the inspiration for Holly Hunter's character in Broadcast News.
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky -- who inspired Holly Hunter's character on Broadcast News' -- could become 60 Minutes' new leader
Zirinsky, known as "Z," currently oversees 48 Hours for CBS News. A veteran of CBS News since 1972, Zirinsky has supervised award-winning documentaries and breaking news specials for the network. Variety reports that some CBS News staffers think she's the top internal candidate to replace fired 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager. Holly Hunter shadowed Zirinsky to prepare for her Broadcast News role, even getting a "bob" style haircut to resemble her.