Bianna Golodryga, who joined “CBS This Morning” as a co-anchor less than six months ago, is leaving the morning program, two sources familiar with the matter told HuffPost.
Golodryga has been moved off the program by the new president of CBS News, Susan Zirinsky. Zirinsky felt that the show had too many anchors (it currently has four: Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, John Dickerson and Golodryga), according to the sources, who requested anonymity to freely discuss network business.
The talent change at “CBS This Morning” is the first Zirinsky has made since becoming president on March 1.
Zirinsky had hoped to keep Golodryga at CBS to work on other news programs. But Golodryga’s deal with CBS News guarantees her a co-anchor position on “CBS This Morning,” which allows her to leave the network if she isn’t kept in that role. A source close to Golodryga said she planned to exercise her option to leave.
As of early March, network insiders had expected Golodryga to stay on the morning program. But last week it became apparent that she was going to be moved off the show, according to well-placed sources. Rumors had been growing at CBS that Zirinsky, the first woman to lead CBS News, was planning to put her stamp on the news division. Zirinsky, who succeeded David Rhodes, is expected to make additional talent changes across CBS News in the coming weeks.
While CBS insiders close to Zirinsky weren’t surprised by last week’s news of Golodryga’s likely exit, CBS staff and people at CNN, where Golodryga also is under contract, were surprised. Golodryga is beloved at CBS News and CNN, and insiders said they were puzzled she wouldn’t be able to have at least a full year in the role.
She is expected to stay at CNN, where she has a contributor role. Executives at other networks told HuffPost last week that they would be interested in Golodryga should she leave CBS.
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