CBS Extends Contract for News Chief David Rhodes Into 2019

CBS said it extended the contract of David Rhodes, president of CBS News, through February 2019 — a vote of confidence in the executive’s focus on a hard-news brand for the company’s news programs.

Rhodes has been CBS News president since 2011.

Rhodes recently led the launch of CBSN, a joint effort between CBS News and CBS Interactive to create the first digital streaming news network.

During his tenure, Rhodes has pushed the news unit to focus more intently on original reportage and foreign-news coverage. He has also prodded digital expansion, playing a large role in the creation and launch of “CBS This Morning,” and helped expand “Face the Nation” to a full hour.

“I’m delighted that CBS News will remain under the leadership of one of the most accomplished young executives in the television news industry for many years to come,” said CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves in a prepared statement.

Before joining CBS News, Rhodes held senior roles at Bloomberg and Fox News. At Bloomberg, he was head of US Television, overseeing all development, editorial, newsgathering and programming. He also relaunched the financial news service’s flagship cable channel in 2009. He started his career in 1996 as a production assistant at the newly launched Fox News Channel, where he eventually became VP of news.

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