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Anthony Mason Will Serve as Interim Anchor on ‘CBS Evening News’

Variety logo Variety 5/31/2017 Brian Steinberg
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Anthony Mason, the veteran CBS News staffer who serves as weekend anchor of “CBS This Morning” and in many other capacities at the network, will take over for Scott Pelley on an interim basis at “CBS Evening News,” according to two people familiar with the matter.

Mason is expected to serve in the role for the summer, one of these people said. His start date is not yet firmed up, and Pelley is expected to return to the anchor chair before leaving the broadcast permanently.

Known for his love of rock and pop music, the CBS News veteran will serve as a steadying presence at the venerable newscast while it works to find its bearings. Scott Pelley, who has anchored the program since taking its reins from Katie Couric in 2011, is expected to return to “60 Minutes” on a full-time basis. Pelley has worked on both shows for years, contributing up to 20 pieces to the Sunday newsmagazine each year, all the while balancing his anchor and managing editor duties at “Evening News.” His departure was disclosed Tuesday night, though CBS News has yet to confirm the move officially.

Pelley’s office was packed up Tuesday in view of staffers, leading to the revelation that the anchor was leaving the broadcast. It is not clear who might take over “CBS Evening News” officially.

Mason joined CBS News in 1986, after working for local TV stations in New York, Philadelphia and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Through the years, he has reported from London, Afghanistan, and Moscow. Mason was named CBS News’ Business Correspondent in 1998.

CBS has placed an interim anchor at “CBS Evening News” in the past. Bob Schieffer served in just such a capacity between March, 2005, and August, 2006. Schieffer took the reins of the program after Dan Rather stepped down.

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