NEW YORK (WNCN) – Scott Pelley will no longer anchor the “CBS Evening News” and will instead become a full-time correspondent for CBS’ news magazine “60 Minutes,” the network announced Wednesday.
Pelley has anchored the newscast since 2011 and been with “60 Minutes” since 2004.
Anthony Mason will anchor the evening news on an interim basis. He already co-anchors “CBS This Morning: Saturday.”
“Scott brought the best values of ’60 Minutes’ to the ‘CBS Evening News,’ and we thank him for his commitment to the journalism of this broadcast every night these past six years,” said David Rhodes, President of CBS News, in a release. “The milestone 50th season of ’60 Minutes’ requires Scott’s full contribution, and we look forward to important reporting from him for many years to come.”
Pelley said thanked his colleagues in a statement.
He added, “CBS has been great to me for nearly 30 years. I’m glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude.”
In its online biography of Pelley, CBS News calls Pelley “one of the most experienced reporters in broadcast journalism.”
“Few journalists have made as wide and as deep a mark on a news organization as Pelley has at CBS News,” the biography reads.
In Pelley’s time at “60 Minutes,” half of the show’s major awards have been for his stories.