Eye sets Rather send-off

CBS plans anchor adieu

CBS is expected to say good night and good luck to Dan Rather tonight, as his deal to leave the net is expected to be finalized today.

CBS’ “Evening News” is preparing a segment on Rather’s 44-year career at the network.

“We are going to do a piece on him retiring, which we are going to cover as we would a news story,” said “Evening News” anchor Bob Schieffer.

The piece, which is being assembled, may or may not include an interview with the newsman who served as anchor for 24 years.

“We’re going to leave that to Dan,” said Schieffer, who joined CBS in 1969 and succeeded Rather on the White House beat. “I hope that he will want to do an interview.”

Rather, 74, stepped down as “Evening News” anchor in March 2005 and became a full-time correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

Rather told the New York Times his preference was to continue to work at “60 Minutes,” but CBS had offered a contract that included an office but no guaranteed spot on any CBS News program.

Sources close to Rather said he’s near a deal with Mark Cuban’s HDNet to produce documentaries and host a weekly magazine show for the high-def network.

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