An evening news anchor who is holding down one of the top broadcast news positions is angling for a raise. Politico reports that Scott Pelley, the anchor of “CBS Evening News,” seeks a “major salary raise” when his contract comes up for renewal in the next few weeks.
“Pelley, who also serves as a correspondent for CBS's '60 Minutes,' currently makes a reported $5 million per year, which is less than half the reported salaries of the nightly news anchors at the rival networks. 'ABC World News' anchor Diane Sawyer makes an estimated $12 million a year, while 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams makes an estimated $13 million a year,” the story notes.
Pelley wants to bring his pay closer to parity with his colleagues at other networks, especially since the show’s ratings have grown more than those of either “ABC World News” or “NBC Nightly News” since Pelley took on the anchor job, the story notes.
“CBS Evening News” was the only one of the three programs to post ratings increases in each of the past three years, the report adds.
CBS declined to comment, the story notes.