Ryan Kadro, the executive producer of “CBS This Morning” and one of the architects of the A.M. program, is currently in contract discussions that could lead to his exit from the show, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Kadro’s contract is slated to run out at the end of the year, and he and CBS are in talks regarding a number of options, but these people believe Kadro is unlikely to remain at the network.
The program has, since launching in 2012, been a success story for CBS, placing more emphasis on harder news than its two broadcast rivals, NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” At one time, CBS’ morning programs were perennial also-rans. But “CBS This Morning” gave the network real traction in the early daytime for the first time, perhaps, since it it scrapped “Captain Kangaroo” in 1982 that it could truly vie for viewers with its two main rivals.
In recent months, however, its ratings have slumped, a sign that the show’s efforts in the wake of last year’s departure of Charlie Rose have not captivated viewers. CBS has added two new anchors, John Dickerson and Bianna Golodryga, to its lineup, where they have joined Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King.
Rose was ousted in November of last year after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced. CBS News this week reached an undisclosed settlement with three women who alleged the network was aware of Rose’s behavior but failed to acknowledge it.
Kadro’s talks are not related to that legal matter, these people said. “These conversations are unrelated to the settlement,” CBS News said in a statement.
The producer, who took the reins of the program in 2016, has been with CBS since 2010, joining after a stint working with Carson Daly at NBC.