Jane Pauley To Take Over Sunday Mornings

In an expected move, CBS has named Charles Osgood's replacement as host of CBS Sunday Morning.

Just about everyone expected that CBs was going to go with former Today Show Anchor Jane Pauley and that is exactly what they did.

USA Today reports that Pauley, 65, will become only the third host in the show's history, following Osgood, 83, who's retiring after 22 years on the show (and 45 at CBS News) and will take over on Oct. 9.  She is best known to NBC viewers as the host of Today  from 1976 to 1989, alongside Tom Brokaw and Bryant Gumbel; an 11-year run as the original host of Dateline NBC, starting in 1992; and host of a short-lived daytime talk show in 2004.  She has been a contributor to and substitute host of Sunday Morning since 2014, and follows only Osgood and original anchor Charles Kuralt in the role.

"We first got to know Jane when we did a story about her,” said executive producer Rand Morrison. “Our viewers immediately responded by suggesting she belonged on Sunday Morning, permanently. And as is so often the case, they were right. She's a dedicated, experienced broadcast journalist.  But every bit as important, she's a delight to work with;  a worthy successor — and a perfect fit.”

On Osgood's final broadcast, Pauley told him she's "honored beyond words to follow in your footsteps," and mentioned that his signature bow tie will join the 60 Minutesstopwatch in the Smithsonian's permanent collection, "proof, as if anyone needed it, that you have made broadcast history."