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May 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The appointment of Steve Capus, the former president of NBC News, as executive producer of the CBS Evening News has touched off internal speculation that he could be headed for the presidency of CBS’s news division, succeeding David Rhodes, as early as next year,’s Dylan Byers reported today (Wednesday). Byers cited several unnamed CBS News sources as saying that CBS chief Les Moonves had brought Capus aboard in order to position him for that role. A CBS spokesperson said the speculation was untrue. Byers noted that while the CBS morning and evening news programming has improved in the ratings since Rhodes became CBS News president in 2011, it remains a distant third behind rivals ABC and NBC. Moreover, the news division has further had to deal with controversial reporting on its premier news magazine, 60 Minutes — in particular, its discredited report on Benghazi — and the recent accusations of bias by former correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. Capus’s tenure as president of NBC News was not without controversy, either. The Los Angeles Times commented that the Today show handoff from Meredith Vieira to Ann Curry and then to Savannah Guthrie was “badly botched.”