Steve Capus: Former NBC News exec to join CBS


NEW YORK -- Former NBC News chief Steve Capus will join CBS in July as the top executive at Scott Pelley’s evening newscast, the network said Tuesday.

Capus left NBC in 2013 after eight years as president of the news division, part of a turnover triggered by troubles at the "Today" show. He was Tom Brokaw’s last executive producer at NBC’s "Nightly News" and is close to Brian Williams, whom he will now compete with each night.

Capus will also have broader responsibilities as executive editor of CBS News, behind chairman Jeff Fager and President David Rhodes.

He will replace Pat Shevlin, who has transferred to "60 Minutes."

Division-wide and at Pelley’s newscast, CBS favors a more meat-and-potatoes news approach than its rivals. But it has been unable to climb out of third place in the ratings.

The evening news has worked to differentiate itself from its rivals, and Rhodes said he hopes Capus can bring out more distinctiveness with his experience running a top-rated evening newscast and news division.

Since leaving NBC, Capus has been executive in residence at the IESE Business School in New York, where he will continue to have a role.

"I’m excited to get back in the control room," said Capus, who said he has been discussing the possibility of coming to CBS News with Rhodes for the past few weeks.

Capus praised the evening news reporting staff and said he would like to push for more investigative and enterprise reporting in the broadcast.

As a division, CBS has seen gains for its weekday morning show and on the weekend, "Sunday Morning" and "Face the Nation" have both been strong and leading in the ratings. It has been a tougher year at the flagship "60 Minutes," where correspondent Lara Logan remains on leave for a discredited Benghazi story.


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