CBS Scrambles To Fill Vacant Evening News Spot

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CBS Evening News is looking for a new anchor to take the place of Scott Pelley, who was ousted in late May, to take a more permanent role on “60 Minutes.”

Executives are currently floating several names to replace Pelley, who has been the evening news anchor at CBS since 2011 when he replaced a struggling Katie Couric. Anthony Mason will be taking the interim job in July until a full-time replacement is chosen by the network.

Pelley is a news veteran and has won 33 Emmy awards. Despite a ratings boost when he first took over, Pelley’s numbers have since dwindled, and the network executives decided it was time to part ways. Executives failed to alert staff to the move, leaving many stunned when Pelley hired movers to enter the office and retrieve his things.

With the exception of Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday, and Anderson Cooper of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the anchors executives are considering include Jeff Glor, a former weekend host for CBS Evening News, Norah O’Donnell, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, and Jane Pauley, who took over the anchor chair for CBS Sunday Morning in Fall 2016.

CBS saw a ratings drop in the last week of May that saw them trailing ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

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