CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell had her salary cut by more than half of her contract this spring as the network cut costs.
The Evening News host was making $8 million annually. Co-president of CBS News, Neeraj Khemlani, gave O’Donnell a shallow offer as executives thought she wouldn’t take the $3.8 million annually. Instead, she had no problem keeping her job.
CBS News spokesperson stated, “Wrong, again. Neeraj led the effort to retain and re-sign about a dozen of our biggest anchors and correspondents over the last year including Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King – and recruited a few new ones like Nate Burleson and Robert Costa.”
“While CBS appears to be doubling down with O’Donnell for at least another three years, insiders tell The Post that “CBS Evening News” is having a difficult time finding candidates who want to interview for the nightly newscast’s executive producer job, which will be vacant when interim EVP Al Ortiz retires in July,” According to the New York Post.
The Post added, “The 48 year-old anchor’s “The Devil Wears Prada” routine includes a full “dress rehearsal” of the “Evening News” half an hour before the show air – an often tense ritual that has seen O’Donnell chewing out dressing room stylists over her hair and makeup.”
A source told the Post, “There was an incident last year in the studio where she ranted about how her bronzer was wrong.”
The source cites that she is an actress with a profession of a broadcaster. O’Donnell is three years into her role at CBS, and she requires her staff to rehearse her evening show which she claimed was “very unusual.”
Another source said, “O’Donnell is robotic in her rehearsals and the producers coach her to make her look more human as she reads the teleprompter.”
“By re-signing her contract, they’ve given the message to the company that last place is good enough. Now, they’re having trouble getting an outside executive producer in part because nobody wants to deal with her and because the ratings are below 5 million,” one source told the New York Post.
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