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Paul Friedman out at CBS News

TVNewser has learned another CBS News executive is out the door today. Executive VP for news Paul Friedman is leaving the company. Incoming chairman of the news division Jeff Fager made the announcement in a memo to staff a short time ago:

As David Rhodes and I prepare to take over next week we want to inform you of some changes at CBS News. Customarily when new leadership moves in, changes occur in top management to make room for the new team.

The most significant is that Paul Friedman will be leaving CBS News today.

Friedman joined CBS News in 2006 as SVP in charge of hard news. He was promoted to EVP in 2009. He is the father of David Friedman who is the executive producer of “The Early Show.”

Before CBS News, Friedman spent 21 years at ABC News, joining as producer in London in 1982 departing in 2003 as EVP and managing editor. Before ABC, Friedman spent 14 years at NBC News. He has been executive producer of both “NBC Nightly News” (1976-79) and ABC’s “World News Tonight” (1988-93 and 1997-2000).

Fager’s memo also announced the news first reported by TVNewser that Barbara Fedida would also be leaving CBS.

From: Fager, Jeff
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 11:53 AM
To: @CND News
Subject: Changes at CBS News
As David Rhodes and I prepare to take over next week we want to inform you of some changes at CBS News. Customarily when new leadership moves in, changes occur in top management to make room for the new team.

The most significant is that Paul Friedman will be leaving CBS News today.
Paul joined us in 2006 as senior vice president in charge of hard news. He was promoted to executive vice president in 2009. We want to wish him well, and thank him for his dedication, hard work and many contributions to CBS News during the past 5 years.

Barbara Fedida will also be leaving CBS News. Barbara joined CBS News in 2006 and served as executive director of talent. She was promoted to vice president of talent and development in 2008. She has also made significant contributions to CBS News during those years and we wish her well.

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