Anthony Mason will serve as interim anchor of the CBS Evening News after Scott Pelley was pushed out of the chair. Pelley will return on Monday’s broadcast to say farewell to viewers. Mason has served as one of the main fill-in anchors for Pelley. Some inside CBS News say he could eventually land the job officially. But one source compared his role to that of Bob Schieffer after Dan Rather left and before Katie Couric debuted on the program in September 2006. The difference this time is CBS News executives are unlikely to try to make a big (and expensive) splash by recruiting a high-priced anchor from a competing news division the way they did with Couric.
Mason, 60, is the co-host of the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning and the network’s senior national correspondent. He has been at CBS News for more than 30 years, joining the network in 1986 in the London bureau. He also frequently contributes to CBS Sunday Morning.
The news of Pelley’s ouster had long been rumored as the broadcast has remained stubbornly in third place, where it’s been for decades. .