Apr 15, 2021 - Economy

Neeraj Khemlani, Wendy McMahon named co-heads of CBS News, CBS TV stations

A CBS News crew looks on as a reflector topples over from the wind while preparing to broadcast at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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ViacomCBS on Thursday named Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon president and co-heads of a unit that will oversee both CBS News and CBS television stations.

Why it matters: The roles were announced one day after former CBS News executive Kimberly Godwin was named president of ABC News.

Details: Khemlani comes from Hearst Newspapers, where he served as executive vice president and deputy group head. McMahon was previously president of ABC-owned Television Stations Group.

  • Both executives will report to George Cheeks, president and CEO of the CBS Entertainment Group. Cheeks came to ViacomCBS from NBCUniversal in January 2020.

What's next: CBS News' current president, Susan Zirinsky, will continue in the role until the new leadership starts and will assist with the transition, the company said.

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