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After 45 Years at CBS – The Last 22 as Host of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ – Charles Osgood Is Retiring

Aug 29, 2016  •  Post A Comment

“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.’”

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“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.”

To read the entire CBS announcement about Osgood, please click here.






  1. We will miss Charles Osgood on “Sunday Morning.” He was a perfect host for the show.

  2. Sunday Morning will never be the same

  3. David Letterman, anyone?

  4. Ah, thank God. Years and years of watching CBS Sunday Morning in spite of Osgood will soon be over. Let’s all hope the next host won’t inflict any of the following on us: 1) pretentious bow ties; 2) repellent doggerel; 3) awkward and unwanted holiday songs, badly sung; 4) confused and irritated facial expressions when any fact of the modern world intruded on his pained insularity.

  5. Biff..why didn’t you just change the channel.? Osgood has done a superb job admired by most. On the other hand, the world seems to have missed th wit and wisdom and criticism of Biff Burns.

  6. Charles Osgood replaced Charles Kuraltt (sp) both excellent journalists and Anchor’s.
    I have loved waking up to CBS Sunday Morning over all of these years.
    Curl up on the sofa with my banky and coffee, prepared for an hour and a half in my favorite classroom to experience education, amazement, wonder, laughter and tears. I like the variety and scope of ‘real’ news in an era that thinks newsworthy means only crime and corruption.
    CBS Sunday Morning has real news of people, places and things found no where else.
    I hope the new host will also be an ‘original’ and hope to be watching for years to come.
    Whoever it is, I am sure he/she will become a favorite also.
    PS: the folks on CBS Morning are no slackers either, enjoy the daily reporting of Charlie,, Nora and Gail.

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