Scott Pelley had “at least three strikes against him” as anchor of “CBS Evening News,” with sagging ratings being just one of the issues, according to an analysis by Lloyd Grove in the Daily Beast.
Grove writes that Pelley “is leaving the broadcast after years of friction with news division President David Rhodes,” noting that Pelley was chosen for the job by former CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.
“Rhodes — who sources said has an occasionally acrimonious relationship with his former boss, Fager — had no particular psychic investment in keeping Pelley in the anchor position once Fager left as the news division’s top dog in January 2015 to executive-produce ’60 Minutes’ full time,” the analysis notes.
Grove adds: “Third, and perhaps most troublesome, Rhodes is said to have been irked when Pelley hired sharp-elbowed Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel three years ago to aggressively negotiate a massive raise from the $5 million a year he was reported to be earning in 2014.”
We encourage readers to click on the link to the Daily Beast near the top of this story to read Grove’s full analysis.