David Rhodes (media executive)

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David Rhodes (born Dec. 1973) is an American media executive. At the end of 2020 he began as head of News UK TV, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.[1][2] He served as the president of CBS News from 2011 until 2019. He was the youngest network news president in the history of American television.[3][4]

David Rhodes
Portrait of David Rhodes
David Rhodes in 2017
Born1973 (age 47–48)
New York City
NationalityAmerican
Alma materRice University
OccupationMedia executive
Spouse(s)Emma Kahn Rhodes (m. 2005)
Children2
RelativesBen Rhodes (brother)

Early life and educationEdit

Rhodes was born and raised in New York City. He is the son of an Episcopalian father from Texas and a Jewish mother from New York.[5][6] He graduated from Rice University in Houston in 1996 with majors in economics and political science.[7][8] He is the brother of Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications for President Barack Obama.[6][9][10]

CareerEdit

Rhodes began his career in television journalism with Fox News,[6] where he joined as a Production Assistant before the channel launched in October 1996. He eventually became Vice President of News and stayed at Fox for 12 years.[11][12] In 2008, Rhodes moved to Bloomberg L.P. as Head of U.S. Television.[12] Bloomberg's cable channel underwent a major re-design in 2009.[13][14]

In February 2011 Rhodes became president of CBS News, replacing Sean McManus.[15] At age 37 he was the youngest network news president in the history of American television.[16]

He was responsible for CBS News broadcasts and the division's news-gathering across all platforms including television, CBS News Radio, CBSNews.com[17] and CBSN, the first live-anchored streaming news network.[18][19]

Beginning in 2015 he took over the CBS News unit of the network. In addition, he was responsible for the supervision of "The CBS Evening News," "CBS This Morning" and more.[16]

Rhodes promoted “Real News” and put an emphasis on CBS News’ journalistic traditions.[16] The division began programming “CBS This Morning” in 2012[20] —emphasizing harder news coverage and bringing the morning show back to the CBS Broadcast Center from a remote studio. CBS News’ "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer" was expanded to one hour and emerged as the #1 Sunday morning public affairs show.[21][22]

On January 6, 2019, Susan Zirinsky was named President of CBS News, replacing David Rhodes.[23][24][25] Rhodes stepped down on March 1, 2019, "after overseeing Zirinsky’s transition and having an advisory role after that." [26] According to Variety, with Rhodes at the helm, "CBS News expanded into new digital territories and placed more emphasis on its roots as a trusted hard-news outlet, refashioning the network’s morning show and launching streaming-news outlet CBSN."[27]

In September 2019 he began work as a consultant for Spotify's original podcast development,[28] and he has also worked for the Los Angeles Times since leaving CBS.[29]

In May 2020 he began to work for News UK, the British division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. He is developing several current affairs and entertainment programs which are expected to launch in early 2021. The programs will be distributed online and over a traditional television channel.[2][30][1]

BoardsEdit

David Rhodes was chairman of the Advisory Board of The Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.[31] He also serves on the Rice University Board of Trustees,[32] The Baker Institute Board of Advisors,[33] the advisory board for Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders,[34] and the advisory board of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.[35]

Awards and recognitionEdit

Rhodes became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum at the group’s 2013 gathering in Yangon, Myanmar, and participates in the forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.[36] Rhodes reached the top 10 of Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2012[37] and has been named to a number of media and business lists, including The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful People in Media,[38] 2012 Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40,[39] and GQ’s 50 Most Powerful People in Washington. He is the Radio Television Digital News Foundation's 2018 First Amendment Service Award recipient.[40]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2005, he married Emma Kahn.[41] He currently splits his time between London and New York with his spouse and two sons.[42]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Barker, Alex; Edgecliffe-Johnson, Andrew (16 October 2020). "Murdochs court Alan Sugar and Piers Morgan for UK TV push". www.ft.com. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Ben (2020-05-01). "A Onetime Leader of Fox News Returns to the Murdoch Fold". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  3. ^ "David Rhodes - 2012 - 40 Under Forty | Crain's New York Business". Mycrains.crainsnewyork.com. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  4. ^ "Podcast: David Rhodes/Transcript" (PDF). Center for Strategic and International Studies. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  5. ^ MARK LANDLER (March 15, 2013). "Worldly at 35, and Shaping Obama's Voice". The New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "40 Under 40 - David Rhodes". Crain's New York Business. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  7. ^ "Rice alum David Rhodes named president of CBS News". News.rice.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  8. ^ "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  9. ^ "Rice alum David Rhodes takes charge at an American institution, CBS News". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  10. ^ "Rice alum David Rhodes named president of CBS News". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  11. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (2015-03-23). "CBS News President David Rhodes Extends Deal To 2019". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  12. ^ a b "David Rhodes Leaves Fox News; Talks of New Gig at Bloomberg TV". Observer. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  13. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (2015-03-23). "CBS News President David Rhodes Extends Deal To 2019". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  14. ^ "Rice alum David Rhodes named president of CBS News". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  15. ^ Sehgal, Ujala. "Sean McManus Is Out At CBS News, To Be Replaced By Bloomberg's David Rhodes". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  16. ^ a b c Steinberg, Brian (2014-11-20). "David Rhodes To Take Over CBS News As Jeff Fager Steps Down". Variety. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  17. ^ nir. "David Rhodes". Keshet Media Group INTV - Innovative TV Conference. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  18. ^ Staff (2014-11-06). "CBS Debuts CBSN Interactive Streaming News". TV News Check. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  19. ^ "CBS Launches First of Its Kind Streaming News Network 'CBSN'". TheWrap. 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  20. ^ July 26, CBS News; 2012; Pm, 12:22. "Norah O'Donnell named "CBS This Morning" co-host". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2020-12-13.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  21. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (2015-03-23). "CBS News President David Rhodes Extends Deal To 2019". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  22. ^ "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  23. ^ Flint, Joe (January 6, 2019). "CBS News Names Susan Zirinsky as Its First Female President". wsj.com. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  24. ^ DeMarche, Edmund (January 7, 2019). "CBS names Susan Zirinsky to lead news division, will replace David Rhodes: reports". foxnews.com. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  25. ^ Battaglio, Stephen (2019-01-07). "Susan Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes as CBS News president, becoming first woman to lead division". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  26. ^ Battalion, Stephen (January 6, 2019). "Susan Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes as CBS News president, becoming first woman to lead division". latimes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  27. ^ Steinberg, Brian (January 6, 2019). "Susan Zirinsky Replaces David Rhodes as CBS News President". variety.com. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  28. ^ Spangler, Todd (2019-09-06). "Spotify Enlists Former CBS News Chief David Rhodes as Consultant for Podcast Push". Variety. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  29. ^ Foster2020-05-04T11:54:00+01:00, Alana. "News Corp head hunts former CBS chief to drive UK video". IBC. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  30. ^ "Rupert Murdoch's News UK TV channel given approval to launch". the Guardian. 2020-12-01. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  31. ^ "Events | Tufts Fletcher School". fletcher.tufts.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  32. ^ "Kraft, Rhodes and Tarpley join Rice University board". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  33. ^ "The Baker Institute Board of Advisors". www.bakerinstitute.org. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  34. ^ "Internationally renowned vanguards named to Rice's Doerr Institute for New Leaders advisory board". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  35. ^ "Hampton University : Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications : Advisory Board". shsjc.hamptonu.edu. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  36. ^ "David Rhodes | World Economic Forum - David Rhodes". Weforum.org. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  37. ^ "40 Under 40 2012". Fortune. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  38. ^ "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  39. ^ "40 under 40 Class of:2012". Crain's New York Business. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  40. ^ "RTDNF announces 2018 First Amendment Award honorees". rtdna.org. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  41. ^ New York Times: "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Emma Kahn, David Rhodes" April 3, 2005
  42. ^ "Rice alum David Rhodes takes charge at an American institution, CBS News". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2021-01-03.

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