“Charles Osgood today announced his retirement as anchor of ‘CBS Sunday Morning,’ ending a 22-year run at the broadcast,” CBS said Sunday.
The announcement adds: “Osgood’s award-winning 45-year career at CBS News will be celebrated during his final broadcast as anchor on Sept. 25, on the CBS Television Network.
“Osgood will continue as the anchor of ‘The Osgood File,’ his daily news commentaries broadcast on the CBS Radio Network and stations around the country. He will also make occasional appearances on ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’”
“Osgood said this on today’s broadcast: ‘Some of you may have heard rumors lately that I won’t be hosting these “Sunday Morning” broadcasts very much longer. Well, I’m here to tell you that the rumors are true. For years now people — even friends and family — have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been such a joy doing it! Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together. I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on “Sunday Morning,” the time has come. The date is set for me to do my farewell “Sunday Morning.” It’s September the 25th, after which you can still see me on the radio. “The Osgood File” continues.’”
Notes Brian Steinberg in Variety, “Jane Pauley, who joined ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ as a contributor in 2014, has been viewed for months as a leading candidate to take over hosting duties for the show.
“CBS has reason to consider any transition carefully. ‘CBS This Morning’ provides a lead-in to ‘Face The Nation,’ the Sunday-morning public-affairs program that is the network news unit’s entry in the ongoing TV-news battle to win the attention of senior government officials and influencers.”
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