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

By Kevin Fallon

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.

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