“We were a full complement, but Bianna Golodryga had to leave early to do her duty at jury duty,” CBS This Morning co-anchor John Dickerson said during yesterday’s broadcast. “She’ll be back.”
She was not back on the broadcast today, and now it appears she won’t be back.
Golodryga is reportedly being taken off of CBS This Morning, and leaving CBS News entirely.
That’s according to freelance reporter Yashar Ali in a piece for HuffPost, published today.
If true, this would be Zirinsky’s first significant talent move shift since taking the reins as CBS News president on March 1.
According to Ali’s sources, Zirinsky felt that the show had too many anchors (it currently has four: Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, John Dickerson and Golodryga), and a move needed to be made.
Zirinsky had hoped to keep Golodryga at CBS to work on other news programs. But Golodryga’s deal with CBS News guarantees her a co-anchor position on “CBS This Morning,” which allows her to leave the network if she isn’t kept in that role. A source close to Golodryga said she planned to exercise her option to leave.
Golodryga was named permanent co-host of CBS This Morning on Oct. 3, 2018. She has kept her role as CNN contributor during her stint at CBS News, and is expected to maintain that role.
The well-traveled TV newser joined CBS News from Yahoo News as a New York-based correspondent in September 2017, and her first assignment at the network was reporting from her hometown of Houston, covering the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Golodryga joined Yahoo News in 2014 from ABC News, just as Yahoo began beefing up its TV news content.
Before Yahoo, she spent four years as co-anchor of Good Morning America weekend and the network’s business correspondent. Golodryga began her career in television as a bureau producer at CNBC in 2001.