After losing co-anchor Charlie Rose for alleged sexual misconduct, “CBS This Morning” may be the target of a makeover.
- While the show, which was launched in its current news-focused format in 2012, had been a shining star in the CBS landscape, things have been dimming a bit.
- Though it still trails competitors “Today” and “Good Morning America” regularly in the ratings, it has stood out as posting viewership growth at a time when other mornings shows are losing viewers.
- After Rose’s departure last year, CBS brought in “Face the Nation” moderator John Dickerson to fill the role of curmudgeonly co-host.
- With ratings slipping, the network brought in Bianna Golodryga as a fourth anchor (the show, in its current format, has always had three anchors).
- The current version of “CBS This Morning” is actually the second show to broadcast under this name. A previous version, which aired from 1997 to 1999 used different anchors and format.
- That version was ditched and replaced with “The Early Show,” which went through a rotation of anchor and format tweaks before eventually being canned for the new iteration of “CBS This Morning.”
- Ryan Kadro, the show’s current executive producer, is reportedly in talks about his future at the network, reports Variety.
- However, according to Variety’s sources, it is unlikely Kadro will remain with CBS, which could, in turn, signal plans for a shift in “CBS This Morning.”
- Kadro is also reportedly furious at the network for the timing of news of his possible departure — which can the same day the network announced a settlement with three Rose accusers, reports Page Six.
- Kadro’s name was linked to the Rose scandal and its alleged cover up in a Washington Post story.
- Insiders tell Page Six that everything — from the format to the anchors to producers — could be up in the air.
- “CBS This Morning” has differentiated itself by being focused on more “hard news.” It forgoes cooking segments and musical performances.
- It also notably does not have a “dedicated” weather forecaster, instead deferring to local stations to handle weather except during a major system or storm, when it typically brings in someone from one its owned stations to provide coverage.
- The show also offers a 90 second “EyeOpener” segment at the top of each of its two hours — meant to be a quick news roundup.