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May 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In an announcement that was as unsurprising as Katie Couric’s that she will step down as anchor of the CBS Evening News, CBS News said today (Tuesday) that 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley will replace her on June 6. He will continue to report for 60 Minutes. In a statement, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who worked with Pelley when Fager exec produced 60 Minutes, said: “Scott has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News. … We like to think of CBS News as the ‘reporter’s network’ and I can’t think of anybody in this business better suited for the anchor chair than Scott.” The CBS statement included a long, 1345-word description of Pelley’s accomplishments, in sharp contrast to the perfunctory two-sentence announcement of Couric’s departure.