CBS members panicked over-call for $ 100 million in cuts

The renewed request by CBS for $ 100 million cuts has staff members of the broadcasting company – who are still recovering from a series of sexual harassment scandals – in a panic for those inside and those outside, The Post he learned.

"We are reorganizing and thinking about functions that cross multiple divisions," interim CEO Joe Ianniello told analysts at the Deutsche Bank Media and Telecom conference in Palm Beach, Florida. "We expect to get $ 100 million in cost savings," he said.

This meant that CBS news division staff questioned who might be on the block, especially when the ratings for his morning and night news reports fall – and how they say that "CBS This Morning" Gayle King looking for at least twice as much as $ 6 million in wages.

"Is Gayle looking for $ 10 million more? The bodies must roll," a well-placed source told The Post.

"Their morning show didn't have an executive producer for two and a half months," this person said. "Meanwhile, the evening news group thinks they are all fired."

The staff members were already nervous, apart from signs that Susan Zirinsky, recently promoted CBS News president, was rethinking the formation of the anchor. Zirinsky is playing with the idea of ​​moving King Norah's co-host O & # 39; Donnell to "CBS Evening News," replacing Jeff Glor, sources said.

Should this happen, "Nora will want a new agreement" – further inflating the budget, a source scolded.

It is also said that CBS looks outside of talent, including the previous presenter "Today" Ann Curry, who left NBC in 2012 with an annual salary of about $ 10 million.

Also the anchor HLN Ashleigh Banfield was interviewed for the morning concert.

Curry, who was seen at CBS three weeks ago, was screened for a job, a nerve source said.

A CBS employee denied that Curry auditioned and said that any conversation with her to join Tiffany Network happened before Zirinsky was named CBS News president in January.

The network is not in talks with Curry or Banfield, the insider said.

An online personality who has a secure job is King, who is flying high after his masterful interview with R. Kelly, which attracted 3.4 million viewers in total, putting her in a position of strength to ask for more money.

Before the explosive interview of R. Kelly, the rating of "CBS This Morning" fell by 8% compared to last year, with 3.1 million viewers in total. After the interview, his ratings were still lagging behind other networks, but were only down 3%.

The morning show has suffered since conductor Charlie Rose was ousted by a flurry of sexual harassment charges, putting him even further behind ABC's "Good Morning America" ​​and NBC's "Today" series.

"CBS Evening News" is also the last place for its time interval, although it has suffered less than the morning show, down only 3% compared to last year. It is also said that the anchor of this show, Glor, is making a more modest salary than other CBS on-air talents.

CBS is also looking for a new CEO to replace Les Moonves, who resigned last fall due to sexual harassment charges.

The representatives of Curry and Banfield did not want to comment. A CBS representative said: "CBS News declines to engage in speculation".


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