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NEW CBS NEWS CHIEF LIFTS STAFF MORALE

February 23, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Jeff Fager

One year after the CBS News staff was demoralized by news of dozens of additional job cuts and demotions, Jeff Fager, the new chairman of the division, and David Rhodes, its new president, suggested that there may be a change in the wind. As reported by TVNewser.com, Fager told a “town hall” of news staffers in New York: “We are making an announcement today that should tell you a lot about this new era at CBS News and about our priorities. As of today, Larry Doyle is returning to CBS News fulltime.” Doyle, who was regarded as one of the top producers of war coverage for the network, with a 40-year history with the network — and presumably a salary commensurate with that long service — was among those laid off in the February 2010 bloodletting. Rhodes indicated that the CBS Evening News would beef up its hard-news coverage. “I know there’s a lot of audience interest in Prince William getting married,” Rhodes said, according to the TVNewser item. “But I’m not convinced that the priorities that were in these [budget] figures are right. So, I’ve asked that we spend less on London and more on stories like Tucson and Cairo.”