CBS has been one of many companies that’s skilled probably the most tumult within the wake of the #MeToo motion, with executives Les Moonves and Jeff Fager and star Charlie Rose all ousted amid expenses of misconduct. However “this can by no means be over,” new CBS Information president Susan Zirinsky says of the #MeToo motion—although not with the tone of dismay you would possibly anticipate from the chief tasked with overseeing the subsequent chapter of the storied information division.
“We’ve all gone by means of the #MeToo motion in no matter enterprise we’ve been in,” Zirinsky, referred to as the inspiration for Holly Hunter’s hardworking producer in 1987’s Broadcast Information, stated at a Fortune Most Highly effective Girls dinner in New York Thursday night time. “When one thing occurs—even wars—it’s over. This can by no means be over. This can be a level in tradition, in society—no individual can come out of the final 12 months and deal with folks the identical approach.”
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In her first sit-down, public interview since taking up the CBS Information mantle in January, Zirinsky spoke to Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers about her profession, which began at CBS in Washington, D.C. two weeks after the Watergate housebreaking. She even introduced out her favourite memento: Walter Cronkite’s unique script from the night time President Richard Nixon resigned, with Cronkite’s handwritten scribbles throughout the pages.
Zirinsky was launched by CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, who highlighted what she says is overwhelming assist for Zirinsky throughout the CBS workplaces—”All of us really feel it’s a model new day at CBS”—and a milestone in morning information: all three networks’ morning exhibits are actually led by ladies.
Ever the newswoman, Zirinsky has retained her title of government producer even after transferring into the C-suite. “If it doesn’t work out, I don’t even must get new enterprise playing cards—I can simply cross it out,” she says of her new president title.
However she’s dedicated to sustaining the CBS Information legacy—and constructing a brand new one primarily based round listening to and appearing on suggestions from workers—because the community recovers from the actions of its previous leaders. “The tectonic plates have shifted,” she says, “they usually’re by no means going to lock once more.”