CBS made it official: Scott Pelley will become the new anchor of “The CBS Evening News” on June 6.
The announcement that came Tuesday morning was not unexpected. Pelley, 53, has been the apparent frontrunner for the job for a while now as it became increasingly inevitable that Katie Couric would be dropped from the third-rated newscast. She herself announced last week she would be leaving “Evening News,” but she didn’t say where she’ll end up. The rumors are that she’ll link up with one of the big media companies – of which CBS is still a candidate – to launch a daytime talk show.
As for Pelley, the Texas native becomes only the fifth anchor of the flagship newscast for CBS News in the broadcast’s history. The others, in order, were Douglas Edwards, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Couric. At five years, she had the shortest tenure of the four.
Pelley is a long-time CBS News vet. He’s been seen most recently on “60 Minutes.” By naming him to the news division’s top on-air job, CBS returns to its tradition of elevating its news anchors from within its organization. Couric, who came from NBC, was the one notable exception to that tradition.
Pelley also gets the title of managing editor of “The CBS Evening News,” a role that traditionally goes hand-in-hand with the anchoring job.