Rather Exiting CBS News
June 20, 2006 at 7:24 AM (PT)
As expected, DAN RATHER is exiting CBS NEWS after 44 years with the company.
RATHER, who provided radio newscasts as well as his more well-known TV work, was widely rumored to be leaving the network, and a memo sent to CBS NEWS employees on TUESDAY morning (6/20) confirmed the exit, with President SEAN MCMANUS lauding RATHER as one of the "biggest and brightest" names in network history alongside EDWARD R. MURROW and WALTER CRONKITE. "There will always be a part of DAN RATHER at CBS NEWS, said MCMANUS. "He is truly a ‘reporter’s reporter,’ and he has helped to train several generations of broadcast journalists. His legacy cannot be replicated.” The network plans a primetime TV special on RATHER's career to be broadcast this FALL.
His legacy cannot be replicated.
RATHER, 74, was best known for his coverage of VIETNAM and WATERGATE, anchoring the CBS EVENING NEWS for many years, and his tenure on "60 MINUTES," but recently hit turbulence with his participation in the "Memogate" scandal in which a report on President BUSH's Air Narional Guard service was called into question when the authenticity of the memos on which the report was based was disputed. RATHER reportedly is negotiating with MARK CUBAN to launch a news program on HD NET.