There have been unsettling scenes at CBS Wednesday when high expertise and execs hosted a peculiar “pep rally” for the revamped “CBS Night Information” — which left some staffers “embarrassed” and “confused.”
We’re instructed that as a part of the morale booster at CBS headquarters, incoming anchor Norah O’Donnell, heavyweight information division president Susan Zirinsky and “Night Information” government producer Kim Godwin starred in taped “music video” set to a DJ Khaled track — full with a dance routine.
We’re instructed the scene despatched heads spinning — a flurry of texts concerning the surreal event bouncing across the business.
As a part of the rally — wherein the video was adopted by an upbeat PowerPoint presentation concerning the division’s future — O’Donnell instructed the gang that she deliberate to be within the gig, “till she retires,” which drew some sly smiles from attendees, because the “CBS Night Information” job has been notoriously unstable, seeing off predecessors Jeff Glor and Katie Couric after quick, tumultuous runs.
In the meantime, a extra cheerful supply within the room instructed us, “This was a session concerning the imaginative and prescient for the present centered on journalism with integrity and the construction shifting ahead. Folks left fully energized and excited concerning the future.”
We’re instructed the occasion was formally billed as an “editorial rally” internally, relatively than a “pep rally.”
Zininsky introduced in Might that former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor O’Donnell would substitute Glor, who had the job for 18 months. She’ll make her debut July 15.
Reps for O’Donnell and CBS declined to remark.