Just off of 57th street and 10th avenue, behind some temporary walls (that you may have seen earlier this month), CBS is building out a new studio and newsroom. The studio, which CBS News chairman Jeff Fager called “Studio 57″ during a tour of the space this afternoon, is currently an empty room, filled only with construction workers and equipment. The walls are exposed brick, which Fager says will remain a part of the design. There is also a newsroom next door, which will have a large window on 57th street and skylights, letting natural light into a room that was once kept quite dark.
“It matters to this news organization a lot,” Fager said. “[There is] a phrase that I hate hearing, and that is ‘distant third.’”
Fager has charged Licht with running the show. In addition to his duties as VP of programming for CBS News, Licht will serve as EP of the new program: