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Report: CBS May Take ‘Evening News’ in a ‘New Direction’ — and It May Not Include Anchor Jeff Glor

Jun 1, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Jeff Glor, who took over as anchor of “CBS Evening News” just six months ago, may not be around much longer, according to a report by The New York Post’s Page Six.

“Sources say that after Glor lost nearly 1.5 million viewers since his debut in December 2017, top brass told Glor and his producers that they need to turn things around quickly,” the paper reports. “Insiders say that CBS News President David Rhodes even called a meeting on Tuesday night to address the situation.”

The report quotes an unnamed insider saying of Rhodes: “He unleashed on the team. He said how disappointed and frustrated he is with how things have gone.”

The Post adds: “We’re told some of the ire has been directed at new executive producer Mosheh Oinounou — who replaced veteran Steve Capus at the helm in January.”

The report notes that “numbers spiked during Glor’s first week anchoring ‘CBS Evening News,’ jumping from an average of 6.4 million viewers to an impressive 7.1 million. But the ratings have dropped alarmingly since. Numbers for the week of May 21 reveal the show drew 5.7 million viewers, down 9 percent from the same week in 2017, according to TVNewser.”

The report quotes a CBS News executive saying: “We’re building a new team and going in a new direction, and that may not sit well with everyone.” The exec also noted that Oinounou recently signed a multiyear deal.

A spokesperson for CBS News offered a much different perspective, saying: “CBS News couldn’t be more excited about the direction that Jeff and Mosheh are taking the ‘Evening News.’ The meeting as described never happened. What did happen was a discussion centered on editorial and production, not ratings, which is not unusual.”

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