Scott Pelley Out As CBS Evening News Anchor

But after the show's 2009 ratings reportedly reached lows not seen since the 1991-1992 season, Pelley helped boost them.

Senior national correspondent Anthony Mason had been filling in for Pelley during his absence at the news program.

CBS shares were down almost 1% in morning trading Tuesday.

Mason has served as among the main fill-in anchors for Pelley.

Guthrie added that a source told her Pelley is "thrilled" to go back to devote his full attention to 60 Minutes, but wasn't pleased with how his departure from CBS Evening News came about. To a certain degree, the CBS newscast has been attempting to improve ratings for quite some time. "It's not the correct way to treat the face of CBS News".

Pelley succeeded Katie Couric in June 2011 and remained the show's anchor.

David Rhodes, president of CBS News, thanked Mr. Pelley "for his commitment to the journalism of this broadcast every night these past six years". He's expected to continue working with CBS on the newsmagazine, but will no longer host the network's daily newscasts.

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley has been pushed out of his position while he's off covering a story. The folks at CBS put the plan into action while Pelley was actually out of the studio on an assignment for 60 Minutes, with sources indicating that his office was in the process of being cleared out. Evening news broadcast anchors do not have the same influence that famed anchors such as Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw had when they reported the evening news. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2017, consistently making Nielsen's Top 10 list week after week.

Evening news programs have always been considered the signature broadcasts for network news.

  • Salvatore Jensen