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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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Robocopper    

WOW-- Scott Pelley the first man to replace a woman on nighttime national network news---

1109 days ago
107.

Don Kazak    

Darn, I was hoping for Charlie Sheen...

1109 days ago
108.

AnneP    

CBS has a propensity for hiring elitist, sanctimonious snots. This guy doesn't look much different.

1109 days ago
109.

Jsmith    

Never heard of Pelley. If CBS picked him, he can't be very good.

1109 days ago
110.

GoodOnPaper    

Personally, I do not watch Katie or Diane Sawyer on any broadcast if at all possible. They both have, in my opinion, horrible voices for newscasts, news stories, etc. Very whiney, droning voices with painfully awkward delivery. Perhaps they'd make better print journalists. Truly absurd seeing them out in the field trying to pull off a Bob Woodruff type frontline story. Give them credit for trying, but no. Painful.

1109 days ago
111.

Dick Sicario    

CBS is going down down down.
FNC is going up up up.
Why ? Just watch the two of them, no contest.

1109 days ago
112.

marlowe    

Pelley will not improve ratings. Those guys at CBS need to get a moderate newscaster.

1109 days ago
113.

bill mc neal    

SCOTT REALY LOOKS GAY ,IS HE? I THINK C B S AND A B C AND NB C ARE ALL BUT OVER, GIVE THEM 2-3 YEARS AT THE MOST, FOX WILL GROVE AND GROVE WITH JUST THE FACTS ....PC SCOTT IS NOT GOING TO SAVE C B S IT TAKES MORE THEN A PRETTY GIRLY FACE .........LOL

1109 days ago
114.

Jen    

Great. Another old white male in the media.
Replacing one of the few women. Super awesome.

1109 days ago
115.

bill mc neal    

IS SCOTT GAY?? HE LOOKS IT , GOOD MOVE C B S , GET RID OF THE BIT&ch and gay it up just for pc!!!

1109 days ago
116.

LASunsett    

He'll be the ugliest anchor on TV.

1109 days ago
117.

ReConUSMC    

In Truth ..... Since Shepard Smith of Fox News had moved So far to the left ..I really though CBS would do the ultimate game changer .
I don't like him but he does know his stuff..

1109 days ago
118.

Walter    

Pelley has as much chance of increasing the ratings as does bringing back Dan Rather (or even Walter Cronkite for that matter).

1109 days ago
119.

PatriotJournal    

Who cares who is replacing who at CBS News? Does anyone even watch the broadcast networks for news anymore? Everyone knows they are leftist biased hacks with an agenda to make the democrats look good. I say good riddance! CBS News should just close shop and call it a career, because FOXNews and the internet are destroying all of the leftist networks.

1109 days ago
120.

NotFondOfLibs    

So what? It's just a liberal replacing another liberal and the news will still be slanted to favor democrats. Won't make a bit of difference to me because I will not be watching CBS News for anything. Oh, and for the guy who said Katie Couric is a superb journalist, get a life pal.

1109 days ago
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