‘CBS Evening News’ executive producer out
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“CBS Evening News” executive producer Jay Shaylor is out as the last place newscast makes internal structural changes.
The move follows the April 2021 appointment of Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon to co-lead CBS News and its owned television stations after Susan Zirinsky stepped down from the role of president of the news division.
Shaylor’s ouster isn’t all that surprising, given the new leadership of the division as a whole.
In the meantime, Alturo Rhymes and Elizabeth Turner, who were previously named co-senior broadcast producers of “Evening,” will be in charge of the broadcast until a decision is made about a permanent EP.
Shaylor is departing the network, CBS confirmed.
“CBS Evening News” underwent significant changes in 2019 — with former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell taking over from Jeff Glor and the show moving production to Washington, D.C.
The changes haven’t made a huge impact on ratings, with the broadcast typically registering just over a million viewers compared to “ABC World News Tonight” at around 2 million and “NBC Nightly News” around 1.5 million.
All three newscasts have seen declines in ratings, likely given an increased demand for news in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Nielsen data, “Evening” lost the most viewers, in terms of percentage, of all three broadcasts.
“CBS This Morning,” which also saw a major makeover in 2019, is also languishing in last place in the ratings.
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