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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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61.

always    

Now she can spend more time with her ugly toy boy.

1196 days ago
62.

Canadasux    

This is something I don't care about, AT ALL! I don't watch anything Katie Couric does, and I don't watch CBS, either. And, I won't watch CBS when the new anchor takes over.

1196 days ago
63.

Robert    

For those that say that nobody watches CBS News, they pull in more viewers than CNN, MSNBC, Fox News combine. That's a fact.

1196 days ago
64.

C Sand    

Did someone Photoshop that picture in some weird, distorted way? Dude looks like a mutant.

1196 days ago
65.

babygreens    

She always stunk. Overpaid (as they ALL are) and she never gives the impression that she's smart. Empty head. No wonder few people watch.

1196 days ago
66.

Greg    

CBS tried to pander to female viewers by hiring a female anchor, but they hired a lightweight. Even when she put on her glasses to appear serious, it was a joke.

On the other hand, who still watches network TV news?

1196 days ago
67.

Flynn    

Even swap, one nasty U.S. Military ON AIR hater for another. CBS has gone the same way as the Ford Edsel.

1196 days ago
68.

Flynn    

Even swap, one nasty US Military hating Socialist for another.

1196 days ago
69.

glenp    

a steaming pile of fresh dog poo could replace Couric

1196 days ago
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glenp    

Did someone Photoshop that picture in some weird, distorted way? Dude looks like a mutant.

Posted at 9:13 AM on Apr 5, 2011 by C Sand
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which dude above are you talking about??

1196 days ago
71.

Ih8Taxes    

Who cares, it's not like the main stream media reports the truth anyway. They can put any talking head into that position and it'll be the same junk. The "news" used to be about reporting facts but is now more concerned with "entertaining" the audience. If it bleeds, it leads.

1196 days ago
72.

Tom Jones    

They all spew sh ite and use manipulative tones of voice. Couric is still in Jr. Hi school and Diane Sawyer is a sad-faced clown.

1196 days ago
73.

steve5150    

Another nonentity with the one necissary credential to work at CBS News. He's a far left winger.
If CBS management really wanted to get the ratings up on their 'news' program they should ask Rush Limbaugh to do it.
Their audience would triple over night.

1196 days ago
74.

fran    

I dont dislike Katie, but when she does her full all out smile, it almost makes me sick to look at her. I dont know why, and it does sound awful of me, other than that I think she is a very pretty lady..Good Luck to her.

1196 days ago
75.

Charlie    

I imagine Les Moonves will be sleeping on the couch for the next several weeks since Julie Chen was not named or even considered as the new anchor. Sometimes it DOESN'T pay to be wife of the boss.

1196 days ago
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