Scott Pelley leaves CBS Evening News; Anthony Mason new interim anchor

Scott Pelley is reportedly no longer at CBS Evening News thanks to network drama

Scott Pelley is reportedly no longer at CBS Evening News thanks to network drama

Before that, he severed as a correspondent on "60 Minutes II" for five years.

Scott Pelley, 59, is an American television reporter.

Scott Pelley has not commented on the decision by CBS executives and is now on assignment for '60 Minutes.' The New York Post originally reported the news of Pelley's return to '60 Minutes'.

CBS says Scott Pelley is out as "CBS Evening News" anchor after six years in the role, and network veteran Anthony Mason will fill in temporarily as a search for a new anchor begins.

The strategy has worked beyond the network's dreams in the morning. But he was never truly competitive with ABC and NBC and lately has slid further behind. "Ever the consummate professional, Scott's commitment to outstanding journalism, enterprise reporting and memorable storytelling has propelled the CBS Evening News to new heights and made the broadcast a showcase for excellence".

They haven't necessarily been suited to the rush of news in the Trump era.

CBS News is the news and information division of CBS Corporation, dedicated to providing the highest quality journalism under standards it pioneered and continues to set in today's digital age. Collectively, the three networks reach 24.2 million each night, down 4 percent from past year, the Nielsen company said.

Pelley has often been critical of the Trump White House.

Although Pelley has built on the audience he inherited from Couric, his broadcast has lagged behind "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" and "ABC World News Tonight With David Muir" in the ratings throughout its run. In such situations, ratings usually tell the story. His office was allegedly cleared out while he was away on assignment for "60 Minutes". Pelley had anchored since taking over for Katie Couric in 2011.

CBS shares were down almost 1% in morning trading Tuesday. "I'm glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude".

There have been behind-the-scenes signals that a shift was coming.

Pelley has deep roots in Texas. He is also a frequent contributor to CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING.

One insider said: "Norah would be willing to do both the evening and the morning if CBS wanted her to do so, but it would be a lot of work".

Still news of Pelley's exit - which broke on Tuesday night on PageSix - could fairly be described as less than smooth.

For all the attention Maddow and other cable personalities get, however, Pelley routinely reached twice as many people each night.