CBS Sunday Morning: Charles Osgood Says Goodbye; Jane Pauley to Host

Charles Osgood presided over his final CBS News Sunday Morning, with 90 minutes' worth of Charles Osgood.

Charles Osgood signed off from "CBS Sunday Morning" one last time this morning (September 25), but not before naming his replacement - former "Today Show" co-anchor Jane Pauley, who joined CBS News in 2014 as a contributor to "CBS Sunday Morning", where she was a fill-in anchor of that show and "CBS Evening News".

Jane Pauley is the story of the day as Charles Osgood retires from "CBS Sunday Morning". "And it's a great honor to be given the chance to further our show's legacy of excellence". Her first broadcast as the new anchor will be October 9. This being Osgood and Sunday Morning, the entire hour and a half was conducted with the kind of quiet modesty the show's viewers have come to expect, qualities that increasingly make the program rare and more valuable.

Before wishing Osgood well and telling him, "don't be a stranger", Pauley told her predecessor his signature bow-tie is headed to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. We're excited to see how things unfold with this program moving forward, especially as Sunday-morning programs face a tricky sea change with more and more viewers starting to turn to other methods when it comes to getting their morning the news.

The hosts of NBC's "Today", ABC's "Good Morning America" and "CBS This Morning" saluted Osgood for his contributions.

"We first got to know Jane when we did a story about her", executive producer Rand Morrison said in a statement. And by selecting her instead of a younger up-and-comer, CBS is clearly trying to ease the transition from Osgood, 83, whose folksy delivery has been a mainstay on the show for more than two decades. "Charles Kuralt, who died in 1997, was the inaugural anchor of Sunday Morning", which launched in 1979. But - every bit as important - she's a delight to work with.

'Proof, as if anyone needed it, that you have made broadcast history'. He isn't entirely retiring; he will still do his "Osgood File" for CBS Radio.

  • Salvatore Jensen