Thursday, April 18, 2024

If Scott Pelley is Leaving CBS Evening News, Then Put Your Money on Jeff Glor as His Successor


Who might be the next anchor of the CBS Evening News? I’d say put your money on Jeff Glor. The 41 year old part time anchor and regular presence on the CBS Morning News is the right age and the right look to compete with Lester Holt on NBC and David Muir on ABC.

Page Six is saying today that Scott Pelley, who will turn 60 next year, will be eased out as the anchor after he took over from the Katie Couric-Bob Schieffer years. Pelley will continue on “60 Minutes,” they say, where his slower, more folksy way of reporting fits better.

Funny, because I find listening to the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on the radio is just about the best news show anywhere. (The show plays here in New York live at 6:30 on WCBS Newsradio 88.) Pelley is an excellent anchor.

But TV wants everyone young, young, young. Glor is definitely being groomed. He’s filled in a lot at night, and he’s also filled in for Charlie Rose on his PBS talk show– a sure sign that he’d been apprenticed. So let’s keep an eye on Jeff Glor, and hope Pelley sticks around for a long, long time.

PS My preference? If Pelley really were to be replaced, I’d go for Anthony Mason. He was a great New York Knick, and even a better correspondent on Sunday Morning. (Just kidding about the basketball!) Check out his piece from last Sunday on the Rolling Stones. Excellent.

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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