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Ryan Kadro, who has worked with “CBS This Morning” as a top producer since the current edition of the program was in development in 2011, will become executive producer of the show as it continues to make strides in TV’s increasingly competitive morning-news wars.

Kadro has served as deputy to the program’s chief, Chris Licht, who is moving to take charge of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” He was named co-executive producer of the program in December.

He takes the helm of the program, which features Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell in a newsier edition of the typical TV-network morning show, at a heady time. Though “CBS This Morning” lags its main competitors, NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” significantly in the ratings, it has been doing something those programs have not: gaining viewers. Season to date as of April 7, “CBS This Morning” rose 9% in overall viewers and was even up in adults 25-54, the demographic most coveted by advertisers. In contrast, “GMA” has seen its overall audience fall 10% and its viewership in the advertiser demo fall 18%, while NBC’s “Today” saw its overall viewership dip 4% and 6% among viewers in the 25-54 demo.

Kadro  started as a senior producer in 2011 and was promoted to senior broadcast producer in 2013. He joined CBS News in 2010 as a supervising producer working on features and production for “The Early Show.” Prior to CBS News, Kadro worked as a supervising producer on NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly.” He started his broadcasting career in 2001 as a researcher on “Last Call.” He got his start in broadcasting as a page at NBC.

“In and out of the control room, Ryan is a great leader who will help us extend this broadcast’s journalistic and commercial success,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News, in a prepared statement.

(Pictured: Norah O’Donnell, Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Ryan Kadro)