Lubbock native Pelley out as 'CBS Evening News' anchor

  • Lubbock native Pelley out as 'CBS Evening News' anchor

Lubbock native Pelley out as 'CBS Evening News' anchor

Movers started emptying the office of a key personality at CBS Evening News on Tuesday, tipping off reporters at The New York Post's "Page Six" that Scott Pelley would be leaving the evening news program to report full time for the channel's Sunday evening show, 60 Minutes.

"The milestone 50th season of 60 MINUTES requires Scott's full contribution, and we look forward to important reporting from him for many years to come", CBS News President David Rhodes said. This year, the fifth year, LISD students will make their way to NYC to attend the workshop and spend time with Pelley.

There was speculation about Mr. Pelley's future in the past six months as his newscast's ratings fell.

Pelley's onscreen demeanor — "strict and steeling, disavowing both charm and irony" — was appropriate for the nation's mood after last decade's financial crisis, said news consultant Andrew Tyndall, who studies the content of evening newscasts.

CBS insiders say Norah O'Donnell has the gravitas for the job, but news chiefs are reluctant to take her out of "CBS This Morning", which she hosts alongside Charlie Rose and Gayle King, because the show is doing so well it could soon overtake NBC's "Today" in overall ratings. In a statement, Pelley said CBS "has been great to me for almost 30 years". "I'm glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude". Pelley will move to the "60 Minutes" news magazine for CBS. Since he took over, it has never moved out of third place.

Once the television equivalent of an appointment to the Supreme Court, the job of evening news anchor is now much less secure. Collectively, the three networks reach 24.2 million each night, down 4 percent from past year, the Nielsen ratings company said. Evening news ratings are also going down because of viewers turning to cable networks like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

"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.

CBS has not set an exit date for Mr. Pelley and there is no obvious permanent successor.

Pelley had been CBS Evening News' main anchor since 2011.