CBS News has named Chris Licht vice president of
programming, CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes
executive producer Jeff Fager and CBS News President David Rhodes announced
Beginning June 6, Licht, currently the EP for Morning Joe
on MSNBC, will oversee programming and development across CBS News platforms.
"Chris is one of the most talented producers in this
business, and it is great for CBS News that he is joining us," said Fager. "He
will be a significant partner in improving our existing broadcasts and
developing new ones."
"Chris is an innovator and we're thrilled to have his
talents here at CBS News," said Rhodes. "He'll bring a fresh perspective to the
news division which will excite colleagues and audiences-just as he did in
cable news and local broadcasting."
"It would take something extraordinary to pull me away
from the great Morning Joe team," said Licht. "I'm excited about the
opportunity to become a part of the rich history at CBS News."
At MSNBC, Licht led the 2008 election coverage for Morning Joe. Prior to that, he worked with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC's Scarborough County as senior producer,
later being promoted to executive producer.
His appointment comes amid sweeping changes at CBS. David
Friedman recently exited his role as executive producer of the Early Show; Patricia
Shevlin was named executive producer of CBS
Evening News, which has had its own fair share of shakeups in recent weeks.