Russ Mitchell, a solid anchor and CBS stalwart for as long as I can remember, is leaving the network for local TV -- a station in Cleveland, no less.
Good for Mitchell ... I think. This is sort of a "reverse" promotion. Big-league anchors usually get bigger jobs, not Cleveland. Not that there's anything wrong with Cleveland, by the way. But you get my drift.
The statement: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my years at CBS and the challenges and excitement of a network role, but I've been offered a unique opportunity to help create the next generation of local news in a great place and have a key role in trying to make a difference in a wonderful community." He's joining WKYC.
Mitchell has long been on a short list of people who might, maybe, someday, possibly move to the anchor chair of the "Evening News," and has in fact been chief substitute for Scott Pelley here. But Pelley's not going anywhere, and now Mitchell is.