CBS announces Wendy McMahon to lead news
After Neeraj Khemlani stepped down as co-president of CBS News and stations, Wendy McMahon has been appointed president and chief executive officer of CBS News, the network’s local TV stations, and CBS Media Ventures.
In this newly created role, McMahon leads CBS News’ entire broadcast and streaming operations, as well as 27 local US TV stations, 14 local news streaming channels, and syndication across the company’s various media outlets. Besides overseeing content licensing to TV stations, she will also be responsible for the division’s national advertising sales.
Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, a veteran journalist and executive at CBS News, was immediately named president by McMahon.
The president and CEO of CBS, George Cheeks, said in a statement that Wendy has used her unique skills as an innovator, business operator and people leader to energize operations, support CBS’ best-in-class journalism, and position CBS for the future of multiplatforms. In every business she touches, she generates forward momentum with a dynamic leadership style. I am looking forward to a bright future for CBS News, our local stations, and our valuable syndication franchises under her direction.”
Khemlani stepped down after a little over two years in the role, according to a report on Sunday.
Khemlani said in a memo to staffers that “I have some news to share today, and I don’t want to bury the leade.” She said, “After an exhilarating run, I have decided to step back from my current role and start a new exciting chapter in my life.”
McMahon, who joined the company in 2021 and shared Khemlani’s title as president and co-head of CBS News and TV stations, was seen as a likely successor, having also overseen streaming.