Scott Pelley, a correspondent for "60 Minutes," may be Katie Couric’s successor as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," but some colleagues are concerned that the move could be seen as a demotion, reports The New York Times.
That concern illustrates how much the job of anchoring the nightly news has changed, the story points out. Pelley’s biggest backer is Jeff Fager, who was named the chairman of CBS News earlier this year and who wants to reconstruct the news division so that it’s no longer described as "beleaguered," the article notes.
Pelley, 53, has worked at CBS for most of his career and would likely keep a reduced role on "60 Minutes," the story adds.
“There is some risk in this for Pelley and for CBS News,” said Dan Rather, who anchored the evening news on CBS from 1981 through 2005. “But it’s a risk worth taking. And if they do it, I think they will succeed.”