Steve Capus joins CBS newscast as top exec

NEW YORK – Former NBC News chief Steve Capus will join CBS in July as the top executive at Scott Pelley’s evening newscast, the network said Tuesday. Capus left NBC in 2013 after eight years as president of the news division, part of a turnover triggered by troubles at the “Today” show. He was Tom Brokaw’s last executive producer at NBC’s “Nightly News” and is close to Brian Williams.

Capus will also have broader responsibilities as executive editor of CBS News, behind chairman Jeff Fager and President David Rhodes.

He will replace Pat Shevlin, who has transferred to “60 Minutes.”

Division-wide and at Pelley’s newscast, CBS favors a more meat-and-potatoes news approach than its rivals. But it has been unable to climb out of third place in the ratings, and lately second-place ABC has shown more life, with “World News” beating Williams’ NBC telecast three out of four weeks.