‘CBS Evening News’ Preparing Rather’s Farewell Story

Jun 19, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Though CBS News still hasn’t commented on last week’s flurry of stories reporting that Dan Rather is being forced to leave the network at which he worked for some than 44 years, TelevisionWeek has learned that “CBS Evening News” is preparing a story bidding farewell to Mr. Rather on the flagship newscast he anchored for 24 years.

Veteran CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason is working on the story, for which Mr. Rather, 74, is expected to be interviewed, according to a source at another network, who said she was told it was scheduled for tonight’s “Evening News.”

A CBS News spokesperson declined to comment, and Mr. Rather’s agent was not immediately available for comment.

After a CBS executive told the Washington Post last week that there no longer is a place for Mr. Rather at CBS News, Mr. Rather began acknowledging to reporters who have covered his career that the final details of his separation from CBS News were being worked out.

He said he has formed a production company named News and Guts and is considering more than one option that would keep him in the hard-news game. One possibility he is seriously considering, he has said, is producing and hosting a one-hour weekly news program to run on Mark Cuban’s HDNet.