Official: Scott Pelley To Replace Katie Couric On 'CBS Evening News'
May 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM (PT)
As expected, CBS NEWS has named SCOTT PELLEY to replace KATIE COURIC as anchor of the "CBS EVENING NEWS," effective JUNE 6th. PELLEY will continue to report for the network's "60 MINUTES." PELLEY sat in with CBS RADIO NEWS affiliates on HARVEY NAGLER's monthly conference call and told the participating PDs and News Directors that "original reporting," "fairness in journalism" and a "unique perspective of the news" would be keys to his success. NAGLER said that "as long as I have known him, SCOTT has been a huge supporter and contributor to radio." PELLEY pledged to continue that relationship.
"SCOTT has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS NEWS," said CBS NEWS Chairman/"60 MINUTES" Executive Producer JEFF FAGER. "In more than two decades at CBS NEWS, he has distinguished himself at every level, right up to his current role at '60 MINUTES,' where his work has been incomparable. We like to think of CBS NEWS as the 'reporter's network' and I can't think of anybody in this business better suited for the anchor chair than SCOTT."
"SCOTT is the ideal journalist to lead this broadcast. We're very proud to have him guiding this news organization's reporting each and every evening," said CBS NEWS President DAVID RHODES. "He has a body of work few in the business can claim and will help us grow CBS NEWS now and in the future."
"I am delighted to join the terrific team at the 'CBS EVENING NEWS,'" said PELLEY. "It's a privilege to work alongside the most gifted and talented journalists in the industry."