Katie Couric's Replacement on 'CBS Evening News' Will Indeed Be Scott Pelley

CBS News made the official announcement today that 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley will succeed Katie Couric as anchor of the CBS Evening News, confirming widespread reports that had existed for some time now. According to the press release, the changeover will take place on June 6, and Pelley will continue reporting for 60 Minutes.

As Time's James Poniewozik writes, Pelley is a safe choice to replace the divisive Couric. In fact, he calls him the "anti-Couric":

The announcement is pretty much the opposite of everything Couric's was: it's not groundbreaking, risky or surprising. He's a competent, well-known CBS fixture—and falls into a reliable category for CBS, the white guy with a drawl. And I would assume the choice is uninspiring by design. With Couric, the network paid a lot to try to make a grab at the competition's viewers. With Pelley, it seems to be trying to offer familiarity to the viewers the third-place network still has, and, well, hoping something breaks its way in the future.

Read the full story at Time.

Presented by

Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Entertainment

Just In