Sunday, May 26, 2024

Charles Osgood Closes Long Run at CBS News, Turns Over Show to Jane Pauley


Jane Pauley is the story of the day  as Charles Osgood retires from “CBS Sunday Morning.” Pauley was ousted unceremoniously from the Today show years ago, but never stopped working and always held her head high. Now she gets the plum of TV news, and she deserves it.

Osgood, 83, retired today after hosting “Sunday Morning” since 1994 and joining CBS News in 1971. He’s a class act, and his final show was just like all the others– a reverie. The entire 90 minutes was devoted to him, and we learned a lot including that Osgood is his middle name!

Osgood took over the show from the beloved Charles Kuralt, who retired in 1994 at age 60 and died three years later from lupus. Kuralt had left a strong imprint, but Osgood made the show his own. He complemented it with his daily radio spots, which he says will continue.

Pauley should have a good, long run on “Sunday Morning,” continuing the tradition and making the show slightly in her own image without tampering too much.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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