CBS’ ‘News’ names new exec producer

Murphy to replace Ortiz

“The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather,” which sunk deeper into third place in the Nielsen ratings last year behind NBC’s and ABC’s nightly news half-hours, has replaced Al Ortiz as executive producer with Jim Murphy.

Murphy has served as senior broadcast producer of “Evening News” since May 1999, and before that spent two years as senior broadcast producer of the CBS primetime series “48 Hours.”

Ortiz will get the post of executive producer and director of special events for CBS News, succeeding Lane Venardos, who will retire.

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