Neeraj Khemlani, Wendy McMahon Named President and Co-Heads of CBS News and CBS TV Stations

Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon have been named to lead a new unit that combines CBS News and CBS local stations.

Khemlani, a senior executive at Hearst Newspapers, will be the next president of CBS News, charged with raising the competitive level of a news organization that is associated with giants of the format such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, but has faced challenges in the modern era when it comes to vying with rivals like ABC News and NBC News.

He will take the reins from Susan Zirinsky, a veteran CBS News producer who took over as leader during a fraught time, tried to stabilize morale and revamped many of the network’s flagship programs. Zirinsky is expected to enter into a new production deal with parent company ViacomCBS that will allow her to create non-fiction programming for CBS News, CBSN and the company’s new Paramount Plus streaming hub.

Khemlani has experience in the TV-news business, having worked as a producer at both ABC News and CBS News’ own “60 Minutes.”

More to come.