CBS News president David Rhodes has named Tim Gaughan vice president, news gathering. In the role, Gaughan will manage field editorial through CBS News’ national and foreign desks, and continue to manage the digital journalist program. Rhodes made the announcement in an email to staff this afternoon that was obtained by TVNewser.
Gaughan joined CBS News in 2011 from Bloomberg, where he was head of newsgathering. He previously worked at Fox News, where he worked with then-FNC chief news executive David Rhodes.
Rhodes also announced Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews would become senior vice president, news administration. Read the full memo, after the jump:
Happy New Year. A few announcements to kick off 2015.
Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews will be Senior Vice President, News Administration. Ingrid has been close to our newsgathering process for many years, including as VP of News since 2011. She will be moving to the front office with me where she will manage principally our people: who is doing what, on and off air—which ultimately is our whole business. Development, recruiting, and retention will run through this office. Standards Executive Director Al Ortiz will report to Ingrid.
Tim Gaughan becomes Vice President, News Gathering. He’ll manage our field editorial capabilities reporting through the national and foreign desks. Our digital journalist program has reported to Tim—he will continue to manage that along with our conventional operations. Tim will move to the 47 newsroom office which has been occupied by Steve Capus in recent months.
In his capacity as Executive Editor, Steve Capus will move to the front row to help coordinate management of our coverage across platforms and broadcasts. Steve remains in the fishbowl when he’s producing Evening News, just as Chris Licht is VP Programming but works in the CTM newsroom when producing that broadcast.
The CBSN launch in 2014 put our offering in front of the fastest-growing audiences in our medium—on connected devices and OTT services—with fully-interactive mobile news delivery. Our whole reporting and news gathering enterprise will need to deliver original reporting to all demographics in these new, shareable venues—without compromising the quality of the scheduled radio and TV broadcasts.
Many people worked straight through these recent holidays to cover unfolding stories including the Air Asia crash and NYPD killings. Thanks to all who stayed on top of that coverage, and welcome back to all the rest. Please join me in congratulating Ingrid and Tim on these new roles.
David Rhodes | President, CBS News | @davidgrayrhodes