Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Scott Pelley out at 'CBS Evening News'

Scott Pelley out at 'CBS Evening News' Scott Pelley out at 'CBS Evening News'
Lamar Ellis | 01 June, 2017, 01:56

Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor CBS Evening News, speaks at the CBS Television Network's 2011 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California August 3, 2011.

Page Six exclusively reports that the face of CBS Evening News is getting his office cleared out while he's away on assignment for 60 Minutes. The Sun independently confirmed the report with two sources.

News anchor Scott Pelley has been terminated from "CBS Evening News". The program's competitive position has been a source of frustration for CBS executives, which has led to speculation in recent months that Pelley would be replaced. Pelley won respect and some early ratings success in the evening.

Pelley thanked his Evening News colleagues for six years with the broadcast. CBS News has not issued a statement regarding the rumors, but the network is expected to make a formal announcement on May 31. Pelley did not appear on "CBS Evening News" Tuesday.

Anthony Mason will be the interim anchor on the newscast, according to an insider with knowledge of CBS News' plans. "I'm glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude".

The move apparently came because there's friction between Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes.

"Added a source, "[Pelley] was pushed out of the 'Evening News.' It's been coming for a long time. He gave the program stability - most notably during a period when Brian Williams was forced off "Nightly News" at NBC and Diane Sawyer left ABC's "World News".

The news of Pelley's ouster had always been rumored as the broadcast has remained stubbornly in third place - where it's been for decades.

Pelley's newscast had more worldwide news and a tougher tone than its rivals, but it wasn't necessarily breaking news-dependent, Tyndall said.

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