Murdochs’ Information Corp. Faucets Former CBS Information Chief for Video Position

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David Rhodes, the previous president of CBS Information, has taken on a consulting function that may elevate some eyebrows: He’s working once more for one of many Murdoch household’s information operations.

Rhodes is alleged to be engaged on an project associated to video for Information U.Okay., the British working unit of Information Corp., in keeping with an individual aware of the matter. The corporate declined to make executives accessible for remark, and Rhodes didn’t reply instantly to a question asking about his work with the corporate. Rhodes beforehand served in a senior editorial function at Fox Information Channel, which is owned by one other Murdoch household holding, Fox Company.

Rhodes has held a sequence of consulting roles since leaving CBS Information in early 2019, and has additionally labored for Spotify and The Los Angeles Instances.

The New York Instances beforehand reported that Rhodes was working as a marketing consultant for Information Corp., and instructed the transfer had spurred hypothesis that Rhodes is perhaps thought-about for a task at Fox Information Media, which is at present run by CEO Suzanne Scott. Beneath Ms. Scott, the corporate has moved rapidly into digital media and streaming video, whereas weathering an array of controversies over most of the declarations of Fox Information Channel primetime opinion hosts and their overt assist of President Donald Trump.

There are different prime openings inside the Murdoch empire. Will Lewis, the previous CEO of Dow Jones, the writer of The Wall Road Journal, stated in April he would go away the corporate after his contract was not renewed.

Whereas at CBS Information, Rhodes pressed to embrace digital video. Throughout his tenure, CBS Information launched CBSN, an ad-supported streaming-video information outlet, and had staffers from its digital retailers employees weekend broadcasts of the night information. He confronted headwinds as effectively: Rhodes made a number of expertise strikes at “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Night Information” that had a task in rankings declines at these flagship applications. He was additionally identified to conflict with a few of the CBS Information expertise, together with former “CBS Night Information” anchor and present “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley, amongst others.

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