SCOTT PELLEY is set to be unveiled as Katie Couric's replacement on 'CBS Evening News', according to TMZ.com. The website claims that the veteran journalist is the choice of Chairman JEFF FAGER, who has been given the job of seeking a replacement for the outgoing anchor.
Pelley, a '60 Minutes' correspondent, is reportedly Fager's first choice because he's well-liked and respected by his seniors but also because "there really is no second choice is who appealing to the Cbs honchos". Sources connected to Couric say bosses at Cbs, including Fager, still want her to front a syndicated talk show at the network and "maintain a presence" on Cbs News. Although it hasn't been made official, Couric is widely expected to leave her post on the 'Evening News' when her contract comes to an end on 4th June 2011. As well as Pelley, who has 22 years' experience at the network, RUSS MITCHELL, JOHN ROBERTS and Bob Schieffer are also reportedly in the running to take over from Couric.
SCOTT PELLEY has been the correspondent on reporting teams that have won a total of fifteen Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.