The Hollywood Reporter Names 2013's 35 Most Powerful People in Media
This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Pelley's deep, measured voice is a reflection of his broadcast, which he characterizes as "serious, well-written news" that reports "without fear or favor."
The CBS Evening News anchor, who took over for Katie Couric in May 2011, prides himself on returning the show to Cronkite-era substance. Its focus on the issues over the horse race in the 2012 presidential campaign provided viewers "an island of calm in a sea of absurdity," says the 55-year-old Texan, in contrast to the "shouting" and "confusion" of cable news.
Evening News still is in third place, but it's up 7 percent this year and, with last year's gains, the broadcast is up two years in a row for the first time since the advent of electronic ratings records.
In August, the married father of two interviewed a member of the SEAL team that took down Osama bin Laden and was using his pseudonym, Mark Owen. Fox News, however, revealed the soldier's real name. "I cannot think of any public interest that was served, and now his life and the lives of all of his family members are in danger," says Pelley. "If the people at Fox have a reason, I'd be awfully interested in hearing it."
MOST DESIRED "GET": "Justin Timberlake is talented in so many different areas; I'd like to do a profile on him for 60 Minutes."