‘CBS Evening News’ names former NBC News head Steve Capus E.P.

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CBS News has named former NBC News president Steve Capus executive producer of "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" and executive editor, the broadcaster said Tuesday.

Capus, who left NBC News last year, will join CBS on July 7. He will oversee day-to-day operations at the evening newscast, and work as a resource to the news team and management in his capacity as executive editor.

Capus first began to talking to CBS a few weeks ago, over a dinner with CBS News president David Rhodes.

"He said, why don't you try this on for size and see what you think," Capus recalled to Capital Tuesday afternoon. "I love producing, I love the control room, I love being part of a talented team and orchestrating a broadcast, and those were all the things he put out there about these roles at CBS.

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"To be honest, I was sitting here at the business school being pretty content and happy with what I was doing, but he knew exactly how to appeal to the inner producer in me," Capus added.

"In Steve Capus we have found a producer and a manager who can guide the Evening News to greater competitiveness while helping the broader organization take advantage of the opportunities presented by rapid changes in our industry," wrote Rhodes, in an email to staff this morning. "As Executive Editor he joins our management team as a resource for colleagues around the Broadcast Center and a strategist on coverage of ongoing stories."

Capus is no stranger to the evening news beat. He served four years as executive producer of the "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," before taking over NBC's news division in 2005.

“The 'Evening News' is an excellent broadcast, and we believe under Steve's leadership it will get even better,” said CBS News chairman and "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager in a statement. “He is a real pro with an extraordinary record, and we are fortunate to have him joining us at CBS News.”

Capus is currently an "executive in residence" at IESE Business School at the University of Navarra, a role he will continue in after he joins CBS.