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    First Woman Ever to Lead CBS’s News Division

    Susan Zirinsky, the longtime producer of “48 Hours” on CBS, will succeed David Rhodes as the president of the network’s news division in March, the company confirmed Sunday night.

    In a Sunday night email to the staff, the acting CBS chief executive, Joe Ianniello, said that Mr. Rhodes “decided the time is right to move on to new opportunities.”

    Of Ms. Zirinsky, he wrote, “I can think of no one more equipped than ‘Z’ for the job, and we are delighted she has welcomed these new responsibilities.”

    Ms. Zirinsky, has been with CBS News for more than 30 years, from its morning show to its evening newscast and its coverage of the White House before joining “48 Hours” program in 1996. Zirinsky was the inspiration for Holly Hunter’s character in the 1987 movie “Broadcast News.”

    She now is one of a very small number of women who have been elevated to the position of network news division head.

    Mr. Rhodes, 45, became president of CBS News in 2011. He oversaw several key changes at the network, including at its evening news program and Sunday public affairs programs, as well as a revamp of its morning show. He also introduced the network’s 24-hour digital news channel, CBSN.

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