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Fedida, Friedman ankle CBS News

Management shifts at the Eye

CBS News exec VP Paul Friedman has ankled, as has VP of talent and development Barbara Fedida.

Newly appointed head of news Jeff Fager sent an email to staff Friday morning explaining the changes.

“As David Rhodes and I prepare to take over next week we want to inform you of some changes at CBS News,” Fager wrote. “Customarily, when new leadership moves in, changes occur in top management to make room for the new team.” In the email, Fager thanked both employees and wished them well.

The Eye’s news division has undergone a series of management changes and a total overhaul of its morning skein “The Early Show” since late last year. Friedman served as outgoing news and sports prexy Sean McManus’ No. 2, and Fedida was brought into the division by McManus from ABC. Friday was McManus’ last day running the news division — he’s moved to CBS Sports to serve as chairman.

Fager, exec producer of “60 Minutes,” was promoted to a new position as chairman at CBS News last week, with former Bloomberg exec David Rhodes tapped as CBS News prexy. Rhodes reports to Fager; Fager reports to CBS topper Leslie Moonves.

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