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Scott Pelley

To Replace Katie Couric

At CBS

4/5/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

CBS network sources tell TMZ ... Katie Couric's replacement for the "CBS Evening News" will be Scott Pelley.

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We're told Pelley, a veteran journalist and "60 Minutes" correspondent, is the choice of CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.  We're told Fager, who became Chairman in February, took the position on the condition he could decide who takes the desk.

We're told Pelley, 53, is the choice for two reasons.  First, he's well-liked and respected by his bosses, and second ... there really is no second choice who is appealing to the CBS honchos.

We've heard rumblings CBS's grand poobah Les Moonves is not sold on Pelley, but he will defer to Fager.

Sources connected with Katie tell TMZ ... she made the decision to leave the anchor desk before Fager became Chairman, but they acknowledge Fager was not going to keep Katie as the "CBS Evening News" anchor.

Nevertheless , we're told all of the CBS bosses -- including Fager -- want Katie to do a syndicated show at the network and maintain a presence at CBS News.  Couric hasn't made her decision yet.

And that's the way it is ...

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31.

knowitall    

Always like Katie on Today...she fit very nicely and grew there. When she went to CBS to Anchor I was skeptic but gave her a chance. She never connected with me at that desk, so after 2 weeks of looking at her..went to NBC and hv not once since looked at her on the evening news. Good luck whatever she does...Interview show a better platform for her.

1262 days ago
32.

Nadine    

Excellent choice!

1262 days ago
33.

Michael    

Sources connected with Katie tell TMZ ... she made the decision to leave the anchor desk before ***er became Chairman, but they acknowledge ***er was not going to keep Katie as the "CBS Evening News" anchor. Nevertheless , we're told all of the CBS bosses -- including ***er -- want Katie to do a syndicated show at the network and maintain a presence at CBS News. Couric hasn't made her decision yet.
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Katie consistantly garnered less ratings than every other news anchor in the history of broadcast television. Go Katie!

Yes, so nice of her to "opt out" [and save face] before her contract wasn't renewed. They didn't have to fire her, she did it to herself when she regularly pulled less ratings than a PBS telethon at 4am.

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Katie is smoking hot. Word has it she is a machine in the sack. Yeah! Posted at 7:00 AM on Apr 5, 2011 by Prgy
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Sorry, for me to have sex with Katie would mean that every other woman on the planet had died.

I don't even think triple bagging her would work, because you would still be able to hear her. No thanks, she's all yours...

1262 days ago
34.

Bertha    

I cannot watch his segments on 60 Min....His voice alone kills me,He is pompous and condescending....I guess CBS is looking to be in 6th place....This guy is HORRIBLE...Such an A@s kissing snob!Wrong move CBS.........

1262 days ago
35.

Dennis Johnson    

Katie!Tell CBS to stick it and move on...........

1262 days ago
36.

Bertha    

Another important fact he is a Repeater....you know the person who repeates his questions over and over,,,,,Cause no one is listening to him.YUK

1262 days ago
37.

sky    

That Scott guy, i mean, i've never seen a human face look like that pic. He looks weird and unhuman, if that's what C the B.S. is goin for then they got it, i'll keep deleting C the B.S. just like i did before. Katie or no Katie their programming is LAME .

1262 days ago
38.

messenger69    

They both suck a** but at least Katie had the nasty COUGAR thing going. MEOW!!

1262 days ago
39.

livereater    

cbs could of had a picture of an empty chair on screen for the 30 minute news & it would have had a better rating than katie.

1262 days ago
40.

Conservatives are Cowards    

That guy looks like hell for someone in his early 50s. I guess looking 20 years older than he is adds some "credibility" or something.

1262 days ago
41.

Conservatives are Cowards    

That guy looks like hell for someone in his early 50s. I guess looking 20 years older than he is adds some "credibility" or something.

1262 days ago
42.

Conservatives are Cowards    

That guy looks like hell for someone in his early 50s. I guess looking 20 years older than he is adds some "credibility" or something.

1262 days ago
43.

Wiley    

Here's a novel idea, how about an intelligent, educated and competent person who actually cares about unbiased news reporting instead of talking heads with hidden agendas and unbridled needs to promote themselves? No one from 60 Minutes should even be considered.

1262 days ago
44.

mo    

He will be the 1st Asian American but he will never admit it. Asian hate themselves worst than others. They all want to be white.

1262 days ago
45.

jus-sayin    

Katie should tell them whare to stick it.

1262 days ago
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