CBS has named Jeff Glor as the new anchor of the "CBS Evening News". "Jeff is a thoughtful, probing journalist with the versatility to anchor in any circumstance - from daily reporting to the most significant events of our time", said David Rhodes, president of CBS News, in a prepared statement. Mason replaced Scott Pelley, who was sacked after occupying the chair the previous six years.
Anthony Mason has been filling in as interim anchor, and will remain a CBS News senior national correspondent.
Glor was the co-anchor of WSTM-TV Syracuse's 5 PM newscast and a reporter for the 11 PM newscast (2000-2003), as well as the morning news anchor (1997-2000).
CBS Evening News has struggled in the ratings in recent years, a perennial third place finisher with two million fewer viewers than NBC and ABC. The process has, by all accounts, been a slow and steady one, perhaps made easier by Mason's success in the role.
The network on Wednesday appointed the 42-year-old Glor to a job that has been held by Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Katie Couric and, most recently, Scott Pelley. As CBSN continues to grow, Glor will maintain a prominent presence on the digital streaming channel.
"CBS News has an extraordinary history that is meaningful to so many", Glor said. The program will continue to be produced by CBS News executive editor and CBS Evening News executive producer Steve Capus. Since that time he has also served as anchor of the weekend editions of "CBS Evening News" starting in 2009.