The first is the appointment of a new anchor, Norah O’Donnell, who takes over Monday at the start of what promises to be a busy midsummer week. The second comes in November, when the CBS Evening News leaves New York for Washington, D.C.
In less than a month, Norah O’Donnell will start delivering the headlines at CBS Evening News – and, most likely, start generating a few of her own. CBS News plans to launch a re-tooled CBS Evening News anchored by O’Donnell on July 15, part of the network’s ambitious plans to overhaul its morning and evening standbys and get more competitive with rivals. O’Donnell will play an instrumental role in a big bet by the network, which plans to move her and the broadcast to Washington from New York City in the fall.
In his swaggering glory days as a 60 Minutes star of stars, it was sometimes said that the mere mention of Mike Wallace’s name could strike fear in the hearts of resolute men and women. Seven years after Wallace’s death at 93, his life and career as one of America’s most accomplished and celebrated journalists are being examined in the new documentary, Mike Wallace Is Here. The film, by Los Angeles-based documentarian Avi Belkin, raises chewy questions about the legendary newsman’s legacy and whether he played a role in sowing the seeds of today’s untrammeled information landscape.
After being removed from CBS Evening News, Jeff Glor has decided to remain with the network as co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday. He will be co-hosting with Dana Jackbson and Michelle Miller.
Former CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley said Sunday on CNN’s Reliable Sources news magazine that he was fired from his job because he “wouldn’t stop complaining to management” about a “hostile work environment” in the news division. The remarks came after Pelley was asked about the CBS situation, where a number of top executives, including Chairman-CEO Leslie Mooves, have exited for various harassment complaints.
The veteran CBS newsman will be recognized for a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of broadcast and digital journalism on Friday, Sept. 6, at Excellence in Journalism 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.