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Pelley out as 'CBS Evening News' anchor

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/31/2017 By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
FILE - In this May 15, 2013, file photo, Scott Pelley attends the CBS Upfront in New York. Pelley is out as "CBS Evening News" anchor, and he'll be returning to full-time work at the network's flagship newsmagazine "60 Minutes." Two people familiar with the situation on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, confirmed the reports. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 15, 2013, file photo, Scott Pelley attends the CBS Upfront in New York. Pelley is out as "CBS Evening News" anchor, and he'll be returning to full-time work at the network's flagship newsmagazine "60 Minutes." Two people familiar with the situation on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, confirmed the reports. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Pelley is out as "CBS Evening News" anchor, and he'll be returning to full-time work at the network's flagship newsmagazine "60 Minutes."

Two people familiar with the situation on Wednesday confirmed reports that CBS is expected to announce Pelley's departure shortly. The CBS show is a distant third to ABC and NBC in the evening news rankings and despite some critical success, has not been able to close the gap.

Reports of Pelley's departure first surfaced in The New York Post, which said Pelley's office at the evening news was being cleaned out on Tuesday. Pelley did not anchor the broadcast Tuesday, as it was announced he was on assignment for "60 Minutes."

CBS News had no comment on the reports.

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