Anthony Mason to serve as interim anchor of CBS Evening News

Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley is out as the anchor of "CBS Evening News".

Deadline: Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, and others reported early Wednesday morning that longtime CBS News correspondent, CBS This Morning: Saturday co-host, and regular fill-in personality Anthony Mason will receive the interim CBS Evening News anchor job following Scott Pelley's firing. The Sun independently confirmed the report with two sources.

Rhodes and Pelley have recently had a rocky relationship, mostly due to Pelley's poor ratings and his reluctance to shake the broadcast up by moving away from his traditional delivery, which Rhodes believes works better on "60 Minutes".

Pelley took over for Katie Couric as the anchor for "CBS Evening News" in 2011. "The milestone 50 season of 60 MINUTES requires Scott's full contribution, and we look forward to important reporting from him for many years to come".

All three evening newscasts lost viewers during the month but CBS's decline was the worst of the three. One would assume based on this report that he's shifting to a larger role with 60 Minutes.

CBS News appeared to be caught flat-footed as the news leaked out, first reported by the New York Post.


Sources told CNN that Pelley will continue to anchor the nightly program indefinitely before making the official move to 60 Minutes. "I'm glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude". But collectively, they still reach more than 20 million viewers each night for half-hour summaries of the day's news. The show won seven Emmys in his term and a slew of journalism awards. There has been no word on Pelley's replacement for the 'Evening News'.

Some are insisting that Pelley is moving to the 60 Minutes offices.

Pelley thanked his Evening News colleagues for six years with the broadcast.

Even with the speculation, Pelley's abrupt departure is surprising if not quite unprecedented: Dan Rather was forced off "Evening News" after a historic 24-year run in the wake of a "60 Minutes II" story about then-President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard.

Pelley hasn't anchored the newscast since Thursday.

Page Six had previously reported in December that Pelley might be on his way out of the anchor chair position on the show.

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