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Couric out, Pelley in as CBS anchor in June [Scott Pelley]
hotair.com ^ | 4-5-11 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 04/05/2011 10:41:21 AM PDT by Justaham

According to a new report from TMZ and picked up by Fox, CBS will play it safe and turn to an in-house talent in Scott Pelley to replace Katie Couric as its evening news anchor. The decision came personally from the new CBS News chairman, Jeff Fager, who apparently took the job with the condition that he could name the next anchor. However, Fager didn’t exactly have a wide range of options: “60 Minutes” correspondent, is the choice of CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager. We’re told Fager, who became Chairman in February, took the position on thecondition he could decide who takes the desk.

We’re told Pelley, 53, is the choice for two reasons. First, he’s well-liked and respected by his bosses, and second … there really is no second choice who is appealing to the CBS honchos.

Even if CBS wanted to take a flyer on an out-of-the-box choice, they don’t have many options. The reason they have to make this choice now is because of their last out-of-the-box choice to hire Couric away from NBC’s Today show, hardly a training ground for hard news presentations. Couric’s four-year run failed to lift the network from its last-place position among broadcast networks, even with her status as the first female anchor since Connie Chung shared duties with Dan Rather and the first female solo anchor. Couric says that the weight of CBS history and local station performance accounts for the lack of improvement:

“I believe we were in third place for 13 years before I got here,” she said, according to the New York Post. “And I think habits, particularly with an evening news broadcast, move at a glacial pace. And I think that local news stations have something to do with it.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cbsnews; couric; katietheclown; perkypig; scottpelley

1 posted on 04/05/2011 10:41:26 AM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham
I was hoping they would hire Corner Gas' Karen Pelly...


2 posted on 04/05/2011 10:46:03 AM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: Skip Ripley
I'm a "Lacey Man"


3 posted on 04/05/2011 10:48:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Justaham

Oooooooo -

Da bimbo bomb-O-ed.


4 posted on 04/05/2011 10:48:54 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Justaham
Looking at this strictly from the angle of the backgrounds of the anchors at CBS (and NOT from political orientation), Pelley continues the tradition of Texans at the helm in that slot. Cronkite, though born in Missouri, was raised in Houston and went to UT. Rather's from Wharton. Austin's Bob Schieffer went to TCU. And Pelley was born in San Antonio and worked in Lubbock and the Dallas-Ft. Worth market.
5 posted on 04/05/2011 10:49:47 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Justaham

Apparently, decided to stay with a female.


6 posted on 04/05/2011 10:50:12 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: dfwgator

Ice cream with a fork? What’s up with that? :)


7 posted on 04/05/2011 10:51:29 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Justaham

What CBS is not giving the job to Snooki????


8 posted on 04/05/2011 10:53:44 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Justaham

It won’t make a difference what talking head they put in there to read the news. Until CBS changes from a propaganda broadcast arm of the Democratic Party to an actual news gathering outfit they won’t see any change in their ratings.


9 posted on 04/05/2011 10:54:04 AM PDT by Graneros ("The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits." — Albert Einstein)
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To: Justaham

Another first for Katie - the first woman solo anchor to be replaced by a man.


10 posted on 04/05/2011 10:57:27 AM PDT by DManA
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To: re_nortex
No wonder their shows suck so bad...

/s

11 posted on 04/05/2011 10:58:49 AM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: dfwgator

Lacey vs Karen is Canada’s answer to Ginger vs Mary Ann and Jennifer vs Baily (WKRP).

My picks on the latter are Baily and Mary Anne...Lacey and Karen might be a tie.


12 posted on 04/05/2011 10:59:50 AM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: Skip Ripley

Ginger vs Mary Ann and Jennifer vs Baily


For those who care, I’m a Mary Ann and Baily kind of guy.

The Gingers and Jennifers may turn heads initially but after 35 and certainly 40 the wheels start coming off.

All the while maintenance costs are exorbitant.


13 posted on 04/05/2011 11:04:17 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Justaham
melissa theuriau Pictures, Images and Photos

They're missing their chance with Melissa Theuriau. She doesn't speak english but who cares?

14 posted on 04/05/2011 11:05:41 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Keith in Iowa
Ice cream with a fork? What’s up with that? :)

If that's the first thing you noticed in that picture, uhhh, I've got some bad news for you.

15 posted on 04/05/2011 11:10:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Justaham

Who the helly is Scott Pelley?


16 posted on 04/05/2011 11:10:22 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: dfwgator

>>>If that’s the first thing you noticed in that picture, uhhh, I’ve got some bad news for you.

It’s from reading http://verydemotivational.memebase.com/ and its associated sites. :)


17 posted on 04/05/2011 11:14:44 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Justaham
Buh bye disco duck.....
18 posted on 04/05/2011 11:15:46 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Justaham
Couric = garden-variety, big-mouth lib --> always blame someone/something else...

ratings tanked after 1st night

Not many people like Katie ... CBS is just like MSNBC ... no one who matters watches

19 posted on 04/05/2011 11:19:06 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: Justaham

Repeats of the Big Bang Theory would rate higher.


20 posted on 04/05/2011 11:21:02 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Notice everyone is standing back. She must be cutting a huge one.


21 posted on 04/05/2011 11:22:36 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Justaham
Remember when C --> BS announced that chicken-neck Katie was there to attrack young men to her news show ? still chuckling ... Why didn't the bozos hire Giselle Buncheon?

And, then pathetically for the last 2 years the captain of the CBS ship stood by chicken-neck Katie ...ad nauseum.

This shot says it all about old chicken neck....


22 posted on 04/05/2011 11:26:17 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: Skip Ripley

Mmmm yeah.


23 posted on 04/05/2011 11:28:58 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Vinnie

You’re right....It looks like she laid down a nuclear cloud!


24 posted on 04/05/2011 11:29:20 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: xtinct

I can state with a great deal of pride that I’ve never watched one minute of CBS’ newscasts, especially since Couric began reading the news.


26 posted on 04/05/2011 11:32:41 AM PDT by Ax
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To: Justaham
According to a new report from TMZ and picked up by Fox, CBS will play it safe and turn to an in-house talent in Scott Pelley to replace Katie Couric as its evening news anchor.

This is like being appointed one of the last riders in the Pony Express. Who even watches the nightly network news broadcasts anymore?
27 posted on 04/05/2011 11:46:57 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Justaham

Is Scott Pelley dating Anderson Cooper 180?


28 posted on 04/05/2011 11:54:55 AM PDT by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: Justaham

“I believe we were in third place for 13 years before I got here,” she said, according to the New York Post. “And I think habits, particularly with an evening news broadcast, move at a glacial pace. And I think that local news stations have something to do with it.”

I hate to agree with the idiot but she does have a point. The people who watch network news these days are people who spent their lives watching it. It is a very old demographic. They don’t switch channels much because in the days before remotes it required you to get up and walk over to the tv and turn a dial. How a network news show does in chasing a diminishing audience that is dying off has a lot to do with what is on before and also after the news. Wheel of Fortune influences the audience far more than you would guess.


29 posted on 04/05/2011 11:57:16 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Justaham

Charlie Sheen needs a job.


30 posted on 04/05/2011 11:59:18 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

31 posted on 04/05/2011 11:59:19 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Justaham
Couric:
"“I believe we were in third place for 13 years before I got here,” she said, according to the New York Post. “And I think habits, particularly with an evening news broadcast, move at a glacial pace. And I think that local news stations have something to do with it.”"

That's right Katie, it's never your fault.
Everyone loves you and knows you're just perfect.
Enjoy your corporate/national rejection, mediocrity and obscurity.
You earned it.

32 posted on 04/05/2011 12:01:30 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Skip Ripley

Loved Corner Gas. Loved those ladies.


33 posted on 04/05/2011 12:05:51 PM PDT by fantom (,)
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To: Justaham

Oh come on. Katie hasn’t completely killed CBS evening news. I say give her more time...

So much for the former brightest star in the Today Show line-up. Who knew that she wasn’t as bright as she thought she was?

Imagine that, people didn’t want to listen to her. It took how many years to figure that one out?

It took how many years to figure out that a touchy-feelie presentation format, that covered very little news in that half hour, wasn’t going to appeal to the largest segment of their die-hard news listeners, men?

It makes me smile when I think of how much the CBS network decision makers get paid.

For 1/100th of what they make, I could have explained to the top brass, that when it comes to news, people want a balanced approach that delivers the most unbiased information in the least amount of time.

What a novel concept...


34 posted on 04/05/2011 12:09:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Only a die hard lefty could actually fit the words “Big Bang” in while addressing a topic with Katie Couric in it. /s

Little Boy and failure would be more like it for me. ;^)


35 posted on 04/05/2011 12:12:36 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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She has all the journ-0-listic gravitas of Cruise Director Julie McCoy.


36 posted on 04/05/2011 12:13:13 PM PDT by Hayride
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To: Justaham

I guess this means Katie won’t be the first topless woman news reader.


37 posted on 04/05/2011 12:14:24 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Justaham
Couric says that the weight of CBS history and local station performance accounts for the lack of improvement.“And I think habits, particularly with an evening news broadcast, move at a glacial pace. And I think that local news stations have something to do with it.”

Waaah waaah ! It's not that I'm a lightweight and dumb as a box of hammers. ! Waaah !

38 posted on 04/05/2011 12:41:17 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: blasater1960
Is Scott Pelley dating Anderson Cooper 180?

Put Sheppy in there and you have a menage-a-trois.

39 posted on 04/05/2011 1:40:42 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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