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Photo: GREGG NEWTON / Getty Images

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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Apr 14, 2021 - Economy & Business

CBS News veteran Kimberly Godwin named president of ABC News

CBS News

CBS News executive Kimberly Godwin has been chosen to lead ABC News, the network confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: Godwin will be the first Black woman to lead a major broadcast news division. Last year, Rashida Jones was named president of MSNBC, becoming the first Black executive to lead a major cable news network.

Apr 15, 2021 - Economy & Business

Women rise to the top at major media companies

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Several women have been tapped to lead some of the country's largest newsrooms over the past year — a promising sign of progress for an industry that's typically been slow to accept change and embrace diversity.

Driving the news: CBS News executive Kimberly Godwin was named president of ABC News on Wednesday. Godwin will be the first Black woman to lead a major broadcast news division when she takes the helm in May.

Updated Apr 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden names Erika Moritsugu as senior AAPI liaison

Erika Moritsugu. Photo courtesy: National Partnership for Women & Families

President Biden has named Erika Moritsugu as deputy assistant to the president and Asian American and Pacific Islander senior liaison, the White House announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: The decision follows weeks of pressure from AAPI leaders to include more Asian American representation at the Cabinet level and in senior administration roles.

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