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SBD/February 9, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Sean McManus Leaves News Division To Focus Exclusively On Sports For CBS
Published February 9, 2011
ALL SPORTS, ALL THE TIME: McManus yesterday said that "sports has become worthy of his undivided attention." McManus: "I will definitely be more hands-on. There are a lot of challenges that I haven't been able to focus on full-time that I (now) will." DAILY VARIETY's Jon Weisman noted "chief among those are building the programming, subscriber base and revenue of the CBS College Sports cable network and preparing for upcoming rights negotiations with the PGA Tour this year and with the NFL in two years." McManus also "plans to be more directly involved in sports production, most immediately working with Turner Sports to inaugurate the companies' new combined coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tourney." McManus: "The complexity of serving four networks is vastly greater than what CBS did in the past. There's myriad details that need to be worked out, and you're trying to blend two disparate operations. ... Integrating those together has been complex, but I must say it has been almost seamless up to this point" (VARIETY.com, 2/8). McManus said that "among his priorities will be expanding rights opportunities for CBS College Sports." He indicated that bidding for U.S. rights to the '14 and '16 Olympics is "not a priority of ours right now." McManus: "We're happy with the portfolio that we have. We're not looking to expand what we have on the (CBS) network. I would not characterize (the Olympics) as a priority for CBS Sports" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/9).
JOB WELL DONE: CBS Affiliates Board Chair WAYNE DAUGHERTY "cited McManus for his work atop CBS News, and in particular his stable influence on the division over the years -- especially in the wake of former star anchor DAN RATHER's ignominious departure from CBS" (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 2/8). Incoming CBS News Chair JEFF FAGER: "Sean's done an amazing job. ... He was here for five years, which I think is probably the extent of how long you should ever be president of a news division. They're very demanding jobs" (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 2/8).