Local News Vet Chris Licht Named EP of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

By Chris Ariens 

CBS has pulled from the news ranks for its new show-runner for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Chris Licht, currently ep of CBS This Morning, has been named an ep and will lead all aspects of the Late Show. He’s also been named evp of Special Programming for CBS Corporation, consulting on content across the company.

Licht got his start in local news at KNBC in Los Angeles and later as ep of at KNTV in San Jose. He continued working for NBC when he joined MSNBC in 2005 producing Joe Scarborough‘s prime time show Scarborough Country and, later, co-creating Morning Joe. Licht joined CBS News in 2011 as vp of programming. He was tasked with re-launching the network’s morning show and was at the helm when CBS This Morning debuted in 2012.

“Our CBS News team has built something very unique in the morning that continues to grow in stature and ratings,” Licht said. “I will miss working with them all, but I leave with incredible pride for what we accomplished together.

Ryan Kadro has been named ep of CBS This Morning.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert launched last September. Year-over-year, the show is up +40 percent in adults 18-49 and up +33 percent in adults 18-34. Viewership is up +7 percent in viewers averaging 2.94 million viewers from 2.75 million last year.