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.