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Ingrid Ciprián-Matthews resigns as president of CBS News

Ingrid Ciprián-Matthews resigns as president of CBS News

Ingrid Ciprián-Matthews, president of CBS News since August, resigned Wednesday morning, just three days after the network’s parent company, Paramount, agreed to a merger with production company Skydance Media.

The announcement was sudden, if not unexpected, given the numerous changes expected at CBS as a result of the merger, including significant expected cost reductions.

“We all know that our industry and our company are going through a transformation and a number of short- and long-term decisions must be made,” Ciprián-Matthews wrote in a memo to CBS News staff. “I do not want to be disingenuous to any of you about who should make these decisions. I have always relied on my integrity and my values ​​and felt it was important to be transparent about my plans at this point.”

Ciprián-Matthews will remain with the station as a senior editorial advisor during the election, “given the historic significance of this election and the current political situation.”

One of the network’s main competitors, ABC News, is also in a state of extreme upheaval less than four months before the presidential election. Kim Godwin resigned as the network’s president in May, and her deputy, Stacia Deshishku, followed her last month.

Ciprián-Matthews has worked at CBS News since 1993. In her memo, she said she plans to “write her next chapter” but did not provide further details.

“Over the last four decades, from NPR and CNN to more than 30 years at CBS, I have been able to see much of the world, cover most of the major news events of our lifetimes and, most importantly, work with all of you, on the ground, in offices, at shows and in the front office,” she wrote. “I am so grateful to each and every one of you and am filled with gratitude for what we have accomplished.”

CBS News has had little continuity at the top in recent years. Legendary television producer Susan Zirinsky, who inspired Holly Hunter’s role in the movie “Broadcast News,” served as president for just two years, stepping down in 2021. She was succeeded by two executives, Wendy McMahon and Neeraj Khemlani, but Khemlani left his position last year after a tumultuous tenure.

McMahon, president and CEO of CBS News and Stations, said in her own memo: “Ingrid’s true superpower is the care and compassion she shows for our people and our work.”

The broadcaster did not immediately announce plans for Ciprián-Matthews’ successor, but McMahon said there would be more news shortly.