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Broadcast News in Flux as CBS News President Exit

The first woman to head CBS News, Susan Zirinsky, is expected to announce that she is moving from the chair of the network’s news division, presumably as of this week, to those who are aware of the plan One person said on Tuesday.

In January 2019, Ms. Zirinsky, 69, was appointed to correct a battered ship. At the time, CBS was facing several major executive departures and the absurd revelations about its news division as widespread misconduct at the workplace rocked the media industry.

CBS declined to comment. Ms. Zirinsky is expected to sign a production agreement with the network’s parent company ViacomCBS, to work on broadcast, cable and streaming programs, according to knowledge of the person’s departure details.

ABC News is also set to take on a new leader. Its previous chairman, James Goldstone, announced his departure in January. ABC and its parent company, Disney, Kimberly Godwin, are in advanced discussions with a CBS News executive about handling the news division, two people with knowledge of the matter said. ABC declined to comment.

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