Is ‘CBS This Morning’ headed for a major overhaul?

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.
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