“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley now knows how much more time he has on the network’s flagship news program. Pelley is back from a time out to report for “60 Minutes,” and the program announced on Twitter that he will stay in the anchor chair through Friday, June 16.
As we reported previously, Anthony Mason will then take over the job on an interim basis, while Pelley moves full time to “60 Minutes.”
TVNewser quotes David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun summing up the Pelley situation this way: “Pelley’s done a lot of good things. I share most of his values as a journalist. But he mimicked, he imitated Dan Rather, even Edward R. Murrow, in an age where it’s a much different television medium. It’s more improvisational, it’s more fluid, it’s more relaxed. His formality from that era, when television was more formal with someone speaking down to you from the heights of the anchor desk, is gone. And he was not going to pick up.”