URGENT CBS Announces Changes in Broadcast Segment
NEW YORK (AP) _ CBS Inc. announced major management changes in its broadcast segment Wednesday, elevating news division chief Howard Stringer to president of the CBS Broadcast Group.
Stringer replaces Gene F. Jankowski, who will become chairman of the broadcast group.
Succeeding Stringer as president of CBS News will be David Burke, an executive vice president at ABC News for the past two years.
The changes are effective Aug. 1.
The management shuffle was announced at a news conference by William S. Paley, chairman of the CBS board of directors, and Laurence A. Tisch, the company’s president and chief executive officer.
Stringer has been with CBS for 23 years, the last 22 months as president of CBS News.
Jankowski has served 11 years as president of the CBS Broadcast Group.
Paley said Jankowski has been ″an outstanding president″ and said he was delighted that Jankowski will continue in his new position ″as a key member of CBS’ senior management.″
Tisch said Jankowski had told him that with the completion of this year’s program development cycle, it was ″an appropriate time for an orderly transition in the management of the broadcast group.″
Stringer ″was the obvious candidate to assume leadership of the broadcast group,″ Tisch said.
Burke has been with ABC News for 11 years. Stringer said Burke has established ″a remarkable record as a news executive through program innovation and management strength.″
″I am confident that CBS News under his leadership will maintain the highest professional standards while finding creative new ways to provide news programming and information to the American people,″ Stringer said.