Scott Pelley Out As CBS Evening News Anchor
Scott Pelley is reportedly being pushed out as anchor of CBS Evening News Page Six reported that Pelley had his office cleared out while he was away on an assignment for 60 Minutes. He has been with CBS since 1989 and has been a “60 Minutes” correspondent since 2004.
Scott Pelley has been removed from “CBS Evening News“, according to multiple reports. “I’m glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude”.
Then-anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News Scott Pelley hosts the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Gala in November 2015 in NY. The network is expected to make an announcement Wednesday.
Plus, CBS News doesn’t need to get the new evening anchor into the chair until September for the fall-ratings push.
The departure ends months of speculation about Pelley’s future at the broadcast.
Viewership for the evening news has declined over the past quarter of a century with the emergence of round-the-clock cable news and the growth of online news and commentary platforms. Once invisible, CBS is now competitive with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” show – still third but gaining fast.
CBS announced that Scott Pelley is no longer the anchor of ‘CBS Evening News.’ The news comes as the newscast comes in third in the evening news rankings and has failed to close the gap.
But the sixth season told a different story, and now Pelley can concentrate on “60 Minutes“, where he has flourished. Some inside CBS News say he could eventually land the job officially. He will resume anchoring the evening news for a short period of time upon his return.
“Scott’s tenure as Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS has been one of the finest chapters in the history of this storied broadcast”, said Steve Capus, Executive Editor of CBS News and Executive Producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS. At these times, the more people watching the news, the better.
“[Rhodes] ‘is making [Pelley] move to 60 Minutes“, the source said.
Pelley’s newscast had more global news and a tougher tone than its rivals, but it wasn’t necessarily breaking news-dependent, Tyndall said.