Producer Rick Kaplan exits `CBS Evening News’

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NEW YORK (AP) - Veteran television news executive Rick Kaplan’s last day as top producer at the “CBS Evening News” will be Thursday.

Kaplan was expected to leave along with anchor Katie Couric. The former chief of CNN and MSNBC joined the listing CBS newscast early in 2007, stabilizing it and winning awards, but was never able to lead the “CBS Evening News” out of third place in the ratings.

CBS said Wednesday it expects to name Kaplan’s successor soon. Couric, whose CBS contract expires June 4, has not set a date for her final newscast.

It’s the second top show producer out this week at CBS. Earlier, CBS said it was replacing “The Early Show” executive producer David Friedman.

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