“Nightly Business Report” ME and EVP are fired

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“Nightly Business Report” managing editor Wendie Feinberg and executive vice president of special projects Rodney Ward, who previously was managing editor, were fired on Friday as part of a cost-cutting move.

Co-anchor Tom Hudson is taking over the managing edior duties.

The show, which airs on more than 200 public television stations across the country, was acquired last year after being owned for more than 30 years by a Miami PBS station. There’s been some changes at the program, including a small reduction in staff, and some changes in content.

“Tom’s talent, experience and deep respect for ‘Nightly Business Report”s reputation and legacy makes him the ideal Managing Editor and co-anchor for the program,” said Mykalai Kontilai, chief executive officer of NBR Worldwide, in a statement. “His appointment ensures ‘Nightly Business Report’ will continue to produce top-notch, insightful, and analytical financial news that PBS’ audience has come to expect.”

Hudson has co-anchored “Nightly Business Report” since 2009. Since joining the program, Hudson has reported on topics such as Federal Reserve interest rate policy, corporate governance and shareholder activism. 

Prior to co-anchoring Nightly Business Report, he was host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated financial television program “First Business.”

Feinberg had been with “Nightly Business Report” since 1995.  A graduate of the University of Florida and Boston University, she has been in broadcasting since 1983.

Ward had been with the program sice its 1979 debut. He is a former board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.