This was expected, but now it's official: Scott Pelley will replace Katie Couric as anchor of "Evening News," starting June 6. He'll stick with "60 Minutes," too.
He's going to be busy.
"Scott has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News," CBS chairman Jeff Fager said. "In more than two decades at CBS News, he has distinguished himself at every level, right up to his current role at '60 Minutes,' where his work has been incomparable. We like to think of CBS News as the 'reporter's network' and I can't think of anybody in this business better suited for the anchor chair than Scott."
How long has this been expected? Quite a while indeed - here's a post from a month ago, for example, explaining the whys and wherefores - but it all almost makes you wonder whether Katie Couric's departure was a foregone conclusion years ago. It's clear she never had much of a relationship with the the new boss, Fager, and clear her "EN" numbers werer never going to go anywhere. One can now wonder whether she would have stayed at "EN" if CBS really wanted her to...