CBS has announced who will replace Katie Couric as anchor of "CBS Evening News" when Couric departs the program in June: Scott Pelley.
Pelley, who has been a contributor to "60 Minutes" for the last 12 years, was immediately rumored to be a frontrunner for the anchor spot when Couric's departure was still just a rumor. Tuesday morning's announcement was largely anticlimactic, both because of the rumors and Pelley's history in network journalism.
"The announcement is pretty much the opposite of everything Couric's was: it's not groundbreaking, risky or surprising," wrote James Poniwozik for Time, going on to call Pelley the anti-Couric.
Choosing Pelley marks CBS' return to the old formula: A middle-aged, white man reading the nightly news. CBS' newscast has consistently come in last place, behind NBC's Brian Williams-helmed show and ABC's "World News" with Diane Sawyer. When Couric took the desk in 2006, she was the first female to anchor an evening network newscast solo (Connie Chung was a co-anchor on NBC from 1993 to 1995). Prior to Couric, a long line of white men had led the newscast since the network's inception: Douglas Edwards, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Bob Schieffer.