CBS’s David Rhodes ‘Concerned’ About Morale Following Evening News Transition

By Chris Ariens 

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CBS News president David Rhodes says he’s “concerned” about the recent messy transition of Scott Pelley out of the CBS Evening News anchor chair.

Norah O’Donnell, who conducted a Q&A session during an employee town hall, asked Rhodes whether he thinks the transition hurt morale.

“I absolutely do. And I’m concerned about it,” Rhodes said, according to a report in THR. “Transitions are difficult. We’ve had some very smooth ones while I’ve been here. And this one wasn’t one of the smoothest. And I’m concerned about that. It didn’t go the way that I wanted it to go.”

As for Pelley’s replacement, Rhodes said he has no one in mind right now for the role, but added: “Should it be a woman? Could we benefit from having a person of color leading it? We wouldn’t be the only ones doing that right now. But that might be important as well. But that’s not going to lead the decision about what we do.”