Jane Pauley will take over as the new anchor of CBS' Sunday Morning. She succeeds Charles Osgood, who has anchored the program for 22 years and has been at CBS News for 45 years. The transition was expected; Osgood announced Aug. 25 that Sept. 25 would mark his final broadcast. He will continue to host The Osgood File, his daily news-commentary broadcast on the CBS Radio Network. He'll also make occasional appearances on Sunday Morning.
Pauley made the official announcement herself on this morning’s edition of the program. Her first broadcast in the new role will be on Oct. 9. She becomes only the third anchor of Sunday Morning. Osgood followed in the footsteps of Charles Kuralt.
Pauley offered a tribute to Osgood at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, held Sept. 21 in New York.
Her full remarks from the Emmys are below.
He's going to be missed by millions.
This morning in Indianapolis, a devoted fan remarked to me that Charlie is always so present. What she meant is that he was so present to her, individually. I've watched Charlie in the studio on Sunday Morning, talking to that viewer. He speaks very quietly. Nothing forced or anchorlike. And yet Charlie delivers each word and phrase with the playful precision of the broadcast stylist he is. I really can’t think of anyone like him on the air.
Every phrase is prose. Unless it's poetry.
"Powerful are those who choose
The items that make up the news.
And yet in spite of all that power,
It’s much like singing in the shower.
For it is clear from card and letter.
That you all think you’d do it better."
That's from one of Charlie's books, titled: Nothing Could be Finer Than a Crisis That is Minor in the Morning. Which is fun to say.
What will Sunday Morning be without his presence? His calm demeanor? His civility? His curiosity? His delight? Charlie and his bow ties are just part of the rhythm of people's lives. "I never miss Sunday Morning," one of my neighbors said, "Or, as we call it in our house, church."
For 22 years, the church of Sunday Morning has had an officiant who reliably conveyed grace. People will miss him deeply because even in the worst of times, it felt like Charles Osgood could see the best in us. "Hey, gang, here’s why we’re lucky to be alive. You think things are bad, and sometimes, they absolutely are, but here’s why life is good and interesting, and betcha didn’t know this about that."
And then we’d settle in with that second cup of coffee. Do you know anyone else with such an approachable voice? Fortunately for all of us, Charlie, we'll still see you on the radio!