‘CBS Evening News’ gets permanent executive producer
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Verdugo, who had been a story producer for the broadcast, has close ties to anchor Norah O’Donnell, who recently signed a new deal to remain with CBS until at least the 2024 elections.
He’s worked with O’Donnell for over 10 years, including when she worked at NBC before jumping to CBS.
Verdugo, who works in Washington, inherits a broadcast in last place, though recent ratings have shown slight increases and growth while other networks shed viewers.
He also may be inheriting a slew of behind-the-scenes drama if a report from earlier in 2022 from the New York Post is true (notably, this report also claimed that O’Donnell would likely be departing the broadcast at the time it was published).
CBS brass, meanwhile, trumpeted the appointment as key to maintaining the “momentum” the broadcast has built.