CBS News scored a coup Wednesday in announcing that veteran newsmag exec Victor Neufeld is leaving ABC News to join the Eye’s weekday morning show.
Neufeld, who built ABC’s powerhouse newsmag franchise “20/20,” will serve as exec producer of “The Early Show,” reporting to senior exec producer Michael Bass. He begins his new gig Sept. 8.
“Victor’s experience, creativity and uncanny instincts about what makes good broadcast journalism will help us build on the encouraging momentum that Michael Bass and his team have generated,” CBS News prexy Andrew Heyward said.
Among morning shows, the recently revamped “Early Show” is a distant No. 3 in the ratings but has inched up a bit recently.
Exec producer post was left vacant earlier this summer when Lyne Pitts joined “CBS Evening News With Dan Rather” as senior broadcast producer.
Neufeld spent three decades at ABC, serving for many years as the exec producer of “20/20.” In 2000 he was named senior exec producer of newsmags.
Those who know Neufeld said he grew restless in the job, which was more hands-off.
In looking for new challenges, Neufeld said he found a fit with “Early.”
“I was excited to roll up my sleeves,” said Neufeld, who leaves ABC Friday. “I feel energized. Change is good.”
Neufeld and Bass are still working out the nature of their relationship and Neufeld’s specific duties, but expect to work closely as a team.
“In addition to his great story sense, he has a formidable track record of creating and developing programming that viewers respond to,” Bass said.
The CBS job will be Neufeld’s first try at a network morning show.