Some viewers were “stunned” to see “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, dressed in a crisp suit and tie, broadcasting from Havana on Wednesday, making him the only evening news anchor in the country on the night that President Obama announced he would move forward with normalizing relations with Cuba, TVNewser reports.
How did Pelley make it to the country in time? TVNewser writes, “On air, Pelley may have made it look effortless, but it wasn’t. Not at all. The decision to go for it was made shortly after the Cuba story broke. CBS execs decided it was worth the risk of having Pelley absent from the newscast on a major news day — Norah O’Donnell was slated to fill in on the anchor desk in New York — for the chance to make a bold statement by having Pelley in place in Cuba.”
Pelley began his day in Washington D.C., but headed directly to the airport once the decision was made. He tweeted that he had “just landed” in Havana at 6:22 p.m. ET. By 6:41 p.m., he was on-air from Havana, the story reports.
The article notes: “For the show’s producers and technical team, it was one of those liveshots that produces instantaneous newsroom applause merely for happening — just the way they hoped it would.”