A new report says CBS plans to remove Scott Pelley from his anchor spot on the “CBS Evening News,” shifting him to a full-time position on “60 Minutes.” The New York Post’s Page Six cites “multiple sources” saying Pelley’s run on the flagship news program is coming to an end.
Pelley already has a part-time post on “60 Minutes.”
CBS is denying the rumors, with a network rep quoted in the story saying, “There’s no truth to this.”
“Insiders tell us the switch is ideal because the ’60 Minutes’ position is prestigious enough that the network wouldn’t have to deal with the PR headache of seeming to ‘demote’ one of its most high-profile talents,” The Post reports.
The report adds: “Despite rumors that Norah O’Donnell could be a favored candidate to take over for Pelley and become the sole female anchor of a major evening news program, we’re told, ‘She’s staying at “CBS This Morning” [with Charlie Rose and Gayle King]. The ratings are strong, and they’re a great team.’”
Pelley has been anchoring the network’s evening news telecast since 2011.