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Staffers Call CBS News Co-President Rude, Micromanager

The New York Post reports that there’s some grumbling from employees that co-president Neeraj Khemlani is “rude” and “micromanaging.”

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In 2021, CBS News made some changes at the top as it appointed Neeraj Khemlani as its co-president along with ex-ABC executive Wendy McMahon. 

The hiring isn’t a year old, but the New York Post reports that there’s some grumbling from employees that he is “rude” and “micromanaging.” The network is reassessing budgets, and there’s some concern that its top talent could be departing. 

Big-name anchors like Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, who are currently renegotiating their contracts, could be on the way out if the new presidents decide to prioritize budget cuts. 

“There has never been a more unpopular news division president,” said one CBS veteran. “I don’t think people would be surprised if he’s not here in a couple months.”

Multiple sources told The Post that Khemlani’s sharp elbows have not only provoked several employees to file human resources complaints. 

As a result, it led agents for CBS staffers to complain on their clients’ behalf to CBS CEO George Cheeks, who hired Khemlani after taking the helm last January. However, it’s unclear whether any disciplinary action is going to occur.

“Neeraj and Wendy are in the process of leading CBS News and Stations into a dual broadcast and streaming future,” Cheeks told The Post in a statement. 

“At every turn, their moves have been thoughtful, strategic and forward-thinking. Change is hard. Evolution is necessary. I support their vision for a next-generation news operation.”

Meanwhile, some staffers in the trenches say they are growing exhausted of evading bullets from Khemlani. One employee recounted a video conference that the exec held with roughly 200 staffers on the call during his first week on the job. 

Despite being new to his position, Khemlani took jabs at various news teams, complaining how slowly they got on the air to report breaking stories, among other harsh critiques.

“You’ll be seeing several new hire announcements in the coming weeks that will build on this momentum. Part of any successful transformation is change, and that involves deploying resources in different ways,” a CBS spokesperson said.

“Make no mistake, this is not about cutting; it’s about building and positioning CBS News and its prestigious brand to compete and succeed in a broadcast and streaming world.”

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Newsmax Primetime Anchor Eric Bolling Departs

“Newsmax wishes Eric Bolling well in his future endeavors.”

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Newsmax and primetime anchor Eric Bolling have “mutually agreed” to part ways, effective today, according to a report from Mediaite.

Newsmax wishes Eric Bolling well in his future endeavors,” Newsmax said. “The network looks forward to an exciting period this election season which will include our nightly news coverage with Greta Van Susteren, Rob Schmitt, Greg Kelly, and Chris Plante.”

Bolling told the website he has a new endeavor already planned and will share with viewers where he is headed as soon as he can.

“I can’t wait to tell them about where I am going to next. It’s a huge step for me and something I have always wanted to do, and I’ll be letting everyone know in the next couple of weeks.”

Bolling’s final show with the conservative cable news network was Thursday, the day former President Donald Trump was found guilty on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in New York.

During Eric Bolling The Balance, the host claimed he had written an entire monologue but was going off script, quipping that “producers don’t know what I’m doing here right now.”

Bolling joined the network in 2021. He had previously worked at Fox News but was ousted in 2017 amid sexual harassment allegations, which he has continually denied.

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Donald Trump to Hold Town Hall on X After Biden Declines Digital Debate

The date, location, and any potential moderators for the events for both RFK Jr. and Trump have yet to be announced.

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X, the social media platform owned by Elon Musk, will host former President Donald Trump for a town hall event, a report from the New York Post claims.

The town hall comes on the heels of news that independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was working with X and NewsNation to host an alternative to the televised debates Trump and President Joe Biden will participate in with CNN and ABC News.

The date, location, and any potential moderators for the events for both RFK Jr. and Trump have yet to be announced.

It will mark a return to the platform for Trump, who was banned by previous ownership for his role in the January 6th Insurrection. After purchasing the social media site, Musk lifted the ban on Trump, who has yet to tweet from his official account.

The Post report added that President Biden was offered the chance to debate Trump on the platform, but he declined. He also was offered a similar town hall event that RFK Jr. and the former President were granted, which he turned down as well.

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Fox News Leads Cable News Ratings During Trump Guilty Verdict Reading

A combined 16.07 million across five networks — Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC (3.34 million), and CBS (2.5 million) — tuned in to the breaking news coverage of Trump‘s conviction.

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After six weeks, the hush money trial from New York City that accused Donald Trump of falsifying business records in an effort to prevent the leaking of news of his sexual encounter with adult film actress Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election came to a conclusion on Thursday, May 30, with a guilty verdict by a 12-member jury on all 34 counts. The announcement of this verdict was, of course, a big boost to all the networks covering it. Fox News Channel was the biggest beneficiary.

The network was the most-watched outlet covering the breaking news, beginning at 5 PM ET, drawing 4.43 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research’s early numbers. On the day of Trump‘s first arraignment — Tuesday, April 4, 2023, for this same hush money case — in the same 5 PM hour, Fox News had posted 4.178 million viewers, based on Nielsen’s final live plus same-day data.

Elsewhere on cable, MSNBC (3.42 million) and CNN (2.38 million) also received significant increases from their normal levels. On the Thursday prior (May 23) in the same time slot, MSNBC’s Deadline: White House (from 4-6 PM) had delivered 1.382 million while the 5 pm hour of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper drew 583,000.

Revisiting Trump’s Apr. 4, 2023 arraignment, MSNBC had posted 2.679 million from 4–6 p.m. and CNN got 2.809 million within the 3 PM hour that day.; CNN had peaked at 2.089 million within the 3 PM hour that day.

A combined 16.07 million across five networks — Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC (3.34 million), and CBS (2.5 million) — tuned in to the breaking news coverage of Trump‘s conviction. When NBC’s data comes available, that combined figure will probably rise to approximately 18-19 million.

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