CBS has now finally confirmed the news that they have sent Pelley packing.
The network announced that Scott Pelley is no longer the Anchor of CBS Evening News and will now just be a full-time correspondent for 60 Minutes.
CBS President David Rhodes tried to spin Pelley's demotion as best as he could.
“Scott brought the best values of 60 MINUTES to the CBS EVENING NEWS, and we thank him for his commitment to the journalism of this broadcast every night these past six years,” said David Rhodes, President of CBS News. “The milestone 50th season of 60 MINUTES requires Scott’s full contribution, and we look forward to important reporting from him for many years to come.”
Pelley thanked his colleagues for six successful years with the broadcast: “I find my heart filled with gratitude for the opportunity to know you, humility in light of your sacrifices, and hope for the future of journalism because of the standards you live by,” Pelley said. “CBS has been great to me for nearly 30 years. I’m glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude.”
There will be no long goodbye from Pelley as CBS is replacing him on interim basis with Anthony Mason.