×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Bianna Golodryga Joins ‘CBS This Morning’ as Co-Host

CBS News said it added Bianna Golodryga to its morning host roster at “CBS This Morning,” broadening its roster of anchors in the competitive morning-news field.

The anchor addition comes as the morning program, while faring better for CBS than many of its predecessors, continues to lag its main rivals:  NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” For the week ending September 30, for example, “CBS This Morning”  won an average of 753,000 viewers between 25 and 54 – the demographic most desired by advertisers in news programming. But “Today” captured an average of 1.37 million viewers in that category and “GMA” won an average of nearly 1.19 million, according to figures from Nielsen. Indeed, since Matt Lauer was fired from “Today,” “CBS This Morning” has seen more of a drop in viewers in the demo than its two competitors, according to Nielsen.

Golodryga has worked as a reporter and fill-in co-host  at CBS since August of 2017, started her duties today on the program and will be based in New York. When CBS News was casting about for a replacement for Charlie Rose, who was ousted last year after being accused of sexual harassment, Golodryga was cited as a potential candidate. She has made so many appearances on the program as a fill-in or contributor that on some days when she wakes up to watch it, she said in an interview, “I had that feeling that I had slept in, it felt so natural to be there.”

She will continue to work as a contributor to various CNN programs. “It’s three times a week on average” and usually occupies her in the afternoons, said Golodryga in an interview. “I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.”

She joins a team that has considerable chops. Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell have carried “CBS This Morning” the longest. They were joined by former “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson at the start of this year.

Golodryga’s presence will give “CBS This Morning” more leeway to send  its anchors into the field when circumstances warrant, says Ryan Kadro, executive producer of “CBS This Morning,” in an interview. King, O’Donnell, and Dickerson are known to leave the show’s New York headquarters to get to breaking-news scenes, or to focus on deep interviews. Having another anchor lends the program new flexibility, he says. “What we are doing now is we are adding value, and we think the viewers are going to recognize it.” he said.

Other morning programs are bringing additional faces to their tables. Craig Melvin, a longtime weekend anchor for “Today,” is now making more regular appearances on the flagship weekday edition of the show, alongside Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

Before joining CBS News, Golodryga’s career included stops at CNBC, ABC News and Yahoo News. Between 2007 and 2014, Golodryga was the weekend co-anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the network’s business correspondent. In 2014, Golodryga joined Yahoo News as the news and finance anchor responsible for leading coverage of major financial and news stories. Golodryga began her career in television as a bureau producer at CNBC in 2001. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies with a minor in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

More TV

  • Himesh Patel, Ewen Leslie Join BBC

    Himesh Patel, Ewen Leslie Join BBC Adaptation of Man Booker Prize Winner ‘The Luminaries’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Himesh Patel and Ewen Leslie have joined “The Luminaries,” with production now underway on the highly anticipated series adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel. The pair join Eve Hewson (“The Knick”), Eva Green (“Penny Dreadful”) and Marton Csokas (“Into the Badlands”) in the period piece. The high-end drama is being produced by Working [...]

  • Ryan KadroPaleyLive NY: The News Is

    ‘CBS This Morning’ Executive Producer in Potential Exit Talks

    Ryan Kadro, the executive producer of “CBS This Morning” and one of the architects of the A.M. program, is currently in contract discussions that could lead to his exit from the show, according to three people familiar with the matter. Kadro’s contract is slated to run out at the end of the year, and he [...]

  • NBC's California O&Os to Launch 'California

    NBC's California O&Os to Launch 'California Live' Daily Daytime Series

    NBC’s three California O&Os are set to launch a live daily lifestyle series dubbed “California Live.” The series will air at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday across KNBC-TV Los Angeles, KNTV-TV San Francisco and KNSD San Diego. The show will have some modular segments that will be customized for each market, with an emphasis on [...]

  • TV Roundup: Netflix Sets 'Tidying Up

    TV News Roundup: Steven Yeun Joins 'Twilight Zone' at CBS All Access

    In Wednesday’s roundup, Netflix reveals the premiere date for “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and Steven Yeun joins Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot. FIRST LOOKS  Variety has an exclusive behind-the-scenes first look at Season 2 of Showtime’s “SMILF,” featuring creator and star, Frankie Shaw. The new season, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, finds Bridgette trying to move [...]

  • Charlie Rose Sexual Harassment

    CBS News Settles Suit Alleging Harassment by Charlie Rose

    CBS News settled a lawsuit filed by three women who alleged they were harassed by former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose, and claimed CBS did not act despite being aware of the situation. The amount awarded to the women was not disclosed at their request, according to a CBS News spokesperson. “The matter has [...]

  • 'Liga' Kicks Off At Ventana Sur's

    Ventana Sur: 'La Liga' Kicks Off at Buenos Aires' Animation!

    Spain’s Quirino Awards, Argentina’s Animation! and Mexico’s Pixelatl Festival, three key events in Ibero-American animation, will join forces to create La Liga (The League), as announced Wednesday at an Animation! round table hosted by the Quirino Awards, titled “Iberoamerican Alliance Models.” Speakers included Quirino Awards promoter José Luis Farias, Mexico’s Pixelatl director José Iñesta, Gonzalo [...]

  • Netflix - Marvel's The Defenders

    Don't Expect 'The Defenders' on Disney Streaming Service Any Time Soon (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fans of the Marvel Television series recently canceled by Netflix who hope to see the shows revived on Disney+ may be out of luck. Sources tell Variety that the deal for the original four Marvel shows includes a clause that prevents the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content