CBS News President Steps Down After Less Than a Year at the Helm

Ingrid Ciprián-Matthews, president of CBS News since August, announced her resignation Wednesday morning.

Ciprián-Matthews announced his decision just days after the network’s parent company, Paramount, agreed to merge with production company Skydance Media.

Ciprián-Matthews said in an email memo to her staff that she is “transitioning into a new role” at CBS.

“I have happily agreed to remain as a senior editorial advisor to CBS News through the election, given the historic significance of this election and the current political environment,” she wrote.

Ciprián-Matthews, who has worked at CBS News since 1993, also acknowledged the turmoil her storied news organization has faced.

“We all know that our industry and our company are going through a transformation and that there are a number of short- and long-term decisions that need to be made,” Ciprián-Matthews wrote. “I don’t want to be unfair to any of you about who should make these decisions. I have always stood on my integrity and my values ​​and I felt it was important to be transparent about my plans at this point.”

CBS News CEO Wendy McMahon said in a memo to employees that she and Ciprián-Matthews have been “talking for several months about this moment we are in — a moment of continued transformation in our industry, and a moment when we are covering one of the most important stories of our lifetimes.”

“Those conversations led Ingrid to the decision she shared with all of you today, and I am pleased that she has agreed to stay on in a new role as a senior editorial advisor, guiding our political coverage during the election,” McMahon wrote.

Ciprián-Matthews “will transition into this new role in the coming weeks,” McMahon wrote.

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