- Associated Press - Friday, February 18, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Veteran news executive Paul Friedman is leaving CBS News as part of the division’s management shake-up.

The 66-year-old Friedman is the division’s executive vice president and was the top deputy to CBS News President Sean McManus. CBS announced earlier this month that McManus, who also served as CBS Sports president, was going back to sports full time as the division’s chairman.

Jeff Fager, who is “60 Minutes” executive producer, was named CBS News chairman and hired David Rhodes from Bloomberg as his new right-hand man. Fager announced management changes in an internal memo to staff on Friday.

Fager also said that Barbara Fedida, the news division’s top talent recruiter, would also be leaving.