CBS News has made the official announcement naming "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley to replace Katie Couric as anchor of the "CBS Evening News."
Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and "60 Minutes" executive producer, and David Rhodes, president of CBS News, jointly issued the press release, adding that the broadcast will now be called "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley." The retooled show will kick off June 6.
Rhodes said of Pelley: "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. He has a body of work few in the business can claim and will help us grow CBS News now and in the future."
Fager added this: "In more than two decades at CBS News, [Pelley] 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."