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Since mid-June, when Scott Pelley left the anchor’s chair, CBS Evening News has been without a permanent anchor. On Wednesday morning, the network finally named a successor: CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor.
Anthony Mason has been filling in as interim anchor, and will remain a CBS News senior national correspondent. Mason had been seen as a potential candidate to replace Pelley on a permanent basis, and CBS News president David Rhodes has been very complimentary of Mason’s performance in the anchor chair.
“Jeff is a thoughtful, probing journalist with the versatility to anchor in any circumstance — from daily reporting to the most significant events of our time,” Rhodes said in a prepared statement. “In his more than 10 years at CBS News, Jeff has earned the trust of viewers and his colleagues. He represents the best journalistic values and traditions that will carry the Evening News into a digital future.”
Glor will begin in his new role “later this year,” the network said.
Glor has been with CBS News since 2007, and has previously anchored weekend editions of CBS Evening News. He also has anchored on the network’s streaming news service, CBSN.
CBS has been tight-lipped about the search for a full-time anchor. The process has, by all accounts, been a slow and steady one, perhaps made easier by Mason’s success in the role. Few potential candidates have leaked out, and the news of Glor’s appointment was made public first by the company.
At a June 29 employee town hall, Rhodes told staffers that he had no one in mind for the anchor role. “I want someone who can really carry the best values of the kind of reporting that we’re trying to do here every night,” he said at the time.
At that meeting, Rhodes admitted to staff that he was “concerned” about how Pelley’s abrupt departure had impacted morale.
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