The four anchors – Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson and Bianna Golodryga – unsurprisingly praised their new chief, but also shed some light on to some of the tension that has simmered at CBS News in recent months. Since Charlie Rose was ousted from the CBS morning program in late 2017,CBS News has been under scrutiny due to a series of allegations being raised about harassment being tolerated at the news unit. As those claims became public, CBS News’ flagship programs have suffered in the ratings.
“I feel like we were sort of like a ship – not sinking, but taking on water,” King said during Monday’s broadcast of “CBS This Morning.” “And I feel that she is someone who can right the ship, because she gets us, she knows us. She is a smart cookie and a badass in every sense of the word.”
CBS on Sunday night said Zirinsky would become the first female president of CBS News, replacing David Rhodes after he served an eight-year tenure. She will take the helm in March.
Since the announcement, other CBS News anchors and producers have taken to social media to applaud the choice.
Congratulations @szirinsky. I am so incredibly happy for you, and us!
— Jeff Glor (@jeffglor) January 7, 2019
Thrilled that Susan Zirinsky will be the new President of CBS News, becoming the first woman in history to lead our news division. @CBSNews
— Norah O'Donnell 🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) January 7, 2019
Congrats to Z as she takes over leadership of @CBSNews. She is an incredible TV producer and journalist. She has mentored thousands of us in the business and we are lucky to have her on top.
— Mosheh Oinounou (@Mosheh) January 7, 2019
Since Rose’s removal, “CBS This Morning” has become a place where anchors comment quite freely on internal movements at the news division.