Scott Pelley will take over as anchor of “CBS Evening News” on June 6, the network announced today. The move was expected, and Pelley will continue to serve as a correspondent for “60 Minutes.”
His predecessor Katie Couric, who completes a five-year stint at the end of the month, has yet to announce her plans.
Pelley will be only the 6th anchor in the newscast’s 63-year history: Douglas Edwards (1948-62), Walter Cronkite (1962-81), Dan Rather (1981-2005), with a brief assist from Connie Chung, Bob Schieffer (2005-06) and Couric (2006-11).
Poll Position: President Obama appears to have gotten just a slight bounce so far following the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. A CNN/Opinion Research Poll shows no overall boost in his approval rating but an increase in how he is handling terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan. A Washington Post-ABC News-Pew poll shows a 9-point jump. In a Tweet, NBC News’ Chuck Todd wrote, “The real bounce won’t be known until next week. Give it a few days for the public to digest; My theory these days is that the public is more informed and ‘formed’ than even a few years ago. Floors/ceilings for pres. more narrow.” He expects a “single digit bounce at best.”
TV Matters: Twitter got a lot of credit for breaking Osama bin Laden news, but a Pew poll shows that most Americans, and a majority of young Americans, still learned from TV.
In Case You Missed It: Here’s Seth Meyers, telling an Osama bin Laden joke at Saturday’s Correspondents’ dinner. It gets a big laugh from a poker faced President Obama, but also from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, sitting next to Morgan Fairchild. Fairchild, a political junkie, was Bob Schieffer’s date for the evening.
Behind the Humor: “The Daily Show” writer Kevin Bleyer wrote many of the jokes at the fete.
Stewart’s Satisfied: “The Daily Show” host celebrates Osama bin Laden’s demise.