Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Scott Pelley Out at CBS 'Evening News,' Continues on '60 Minutes'

Scott Pelley Out at CBS 'Evening News,' Continues on '60 Minutes'

Senior national correspondent Anthony Mason had been filling in for Pelley during his absence at the news program.

Scott Pelley, anchor for CBS Evening News since 2011, is leaving his post, The New York Timesreports. Pelley, who joined the network in 1989, will also report major stories and breaking news events across the CBS News Division.

He'll continue to work on the network's "60 Minutes" TV news magazine, where he's been a correspondent since 2003. "CBS has been great to me for almost 30 years". Thus far, the network has not commented on the news. One would assume based on this report that he's shifting to a larger role with 60 Minutes.

CBS was due for a change in its evening news.

"The move caught Rhodes and his team off guard on Tuesday night, when Page Six exclusively revealed Pelley had been pushed out as anchor of 'CBS Evening News". "I'm glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude". CBS News highlighted that Pelley's newscast had grown its audience in each of the first five seasons.

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Since President Donald Trump took office in January, Pelley has distinguished himself as the nightly news anchor willing to take on the administration with sharp language, according to Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan.

Mason has spent over 30 years as a television journalist, reporting from more than 30 countries and winning seven Emmy awards. The PageSix account noted that Pelley's Evening News office was cleaned dismantled while he was "away on a story".

'[Rhodes] 'is making [Pelley] move to '60 Minutes, " said the source.

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

Page Six reported back in December that Pelley was rumored to be on his way out. 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.

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