CBS News has announced that Jeff Glor, a correspondent for the network, will be the new permanent anchor of CBS Evening News. The new anchor will take the reins by the end of the year, according to a network release.
The previous permanent anchor for CBS Evening News was Scott Pelley, who left the show in June in order to focus full-time on 60 Minutes. Since then, the show has had an interim anchor in Anthony Mason. The show’s opening even featured a picture of Mason, but was branded as CBS Evening News with no mention of Mason.
“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,” CBS News president David Rhodes said in a statement.
“In his more than 10 years at CBS News, Jeff has earned the trust of viewers and his colleagues. He represents the best journalistic values and traditions that will carry the Evening News into a digital future.”
While the name of the program is changing, it is unclear whether much other will. The program behind the scenes will remain the same, led by executive producer Steve Capus. The program has remained in third place, behind NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight, for several years.
Glor joined CBS in 2007 and since then has worked as a correspondent, contributing pieces from across the country. He has also been a guest anchor on CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, and PBS’s Charlie Rose show. Glor was also a lead anchor for CBSN, CBS News’s live streaming platform, when it launched and the network says he will continue to maintain a presence on the service.
Glor, 42, will be the youngest evening news anchor when it assumes the position later this year. ABC’s David Muir will be 44 this year and NBC’s Lester Holt is 58. Whether or not that will make any impact on helping the show gain younger viewers remains to be seen.