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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

David Friedman Replacing Zev Shalev As CBS "Early Show" Executive Producer

David Friedman son of CBS News executive vice president Paul Friedman � will be the new executive producer of CBS' "Early Show," the New York Observer's Felix Gillette reports.

The New York Times' Brian Stelter reported Tuesday night that Zev Shalev, the executive producer, would be stepping down as the program's EP; the network confirmed that report Wednesday morning.

Friedman was most recently executive producer of "Last Call with Carson Daly."

CBS News & Sports President Sean McManus sent out the following memo announcing Shalev's departure, obtained by TVNewser:

I am writing to inform you that Zev Shalev will be leaving THE EARLY SHOW and CBS News. Zev is moving on to new opportunities and is excited to develop new content with alternative distribution models. Zev tells me that his first project, NewsTsar, brings together news and social media and will launch in the second quarter of next year.

I want to thank Zev for his commitment and his contributions to THE EARLY SHOW. During his time with CBS News, Zev has helped position THE EARLY SHOW as a serious contender in morning TV. In fact, THE EARLY SHOW, which was nominated this year for its first Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Morning Program category, was the only network morning news broadcast to show growth in the 2008-09 television season. Zev has had very kind words to say, as well, about you, his talented colleagues, and has offered to assist as we transition to THE EARLY SHOW's new EP, whose appointment will be announced shortly.

"The Early Show" remains the third-rated morning show on network television, behind NBC's "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America."

The new executive producer's father, Paul, was recently promoted to Executive VP of CBS News.