Scott Pelley, who couldn’t lift the CBS Evening News out of its perennial third-place ratings finish, is being replaced, according to news reports.
Pelley, who has been with CBS since 1989, will remain with the network as a full-time correspondent for “60 Minutes.”
CBS is expected to make an official announcement this week and will reportedly allow Pelley to say goodbye to his viewers.
On the CBS News website, the network hailed the numerous awards and the increase in viewership during Pelley’s tenure, though they neglected to note that he was unable to lift the network out of last place in the ratings:
“Under his leadership, the ‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley ‘ has grown its audience for five consecutive seasons and scored the broadcast’s highest ratings in 10 years. The ‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley’ has been awarded two George Foster Peabody awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Batons, two George Polk awards, seven Emmys, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and a host of additional honors.”
Once Pelley signs off for the final time, he will likely be replaced by a temporary anchor or a series of anchors while the network searches for a replacement.
I hear that Bill O’Reilly is looking for a job.