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CBS Evening News

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CBS Evening News

Flagship daily evening television news program of CBS News, the news division of the CBS television network in the United States add

Category: Movies & TV

Launched in 1950.

Countries: United States (69%), Ohio (11%), (11%)

Main connections: CBS, Dan Rather, NBC

Linked to: CBS, CNN, NBC, American Broadcasting Company

 

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1950

In 1950, the name of the nightly newscast was changed to "'Douglas Edwards With the News"', and the following year, it became the first news program to be broadcast on both coasts, thanks to a new coaxial cable connection, prompting Edwards to use the greeting "Good evening everyone, coast to coast add something


1956

On November 30, 1956, the program became the first to use the new technology of videotape to time delay the broadcast for the western United States add something


1960

Rather had been a CBS news correspondent since the early 1960s and later became a correspondent for "60 Minutes" add something


1962

Douglas Edwards - By 1962, Edwards was replaced by Walter Cronkite, and the newscast's name was eventually changed to "CBS Evening News"

 

Walter Cronkite became anchor on April 16, 1962 add something


1963

Huntley-Brinkley Report - The program ran for 15 minutes at its inception but expanded to 30 minutes on September 9, 1963, exactly a week after CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite did so


1964

Eric Sevareid - From 1964 until he retired from CBS in 1977 Sevareid's two-minute segments on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite inspired those who endeared him to dub him "The Grey Eminence


1965

The news program broadcast in color for one evening on August 19, 1965, and made the switch permanently on January 31, 1966 add something


1966

In February 1966, the "CBS Evening News with Roger Mudd" premiered on weekends, in the 30-minute format add something


1968

Cronkite's prime time special report, "Who, What, When, Where, Why", broadcast on February 27, 1968, ended with Cronkite's declaration that the United States could only hope for a stalemate in Vietnam add something


1969

Cronkite's image was further bolstered by his enthusiastic support for the space program, culminating with his anchoring of CBS News' coverage of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969 add something


1970

With the retirement of NBC's Huntley in 1970, Cronkite moved into the ratings lead, holding it through the decade add something


1972

In late 1972, Cronkite prodded the show's producers to feature two nights of lengthy explanation on the Watergate scandal, which had been extensively covered by "The Washington Post" but had not received major national coverage add something


1979

CBS introduced a western edition in 1979, anchored by Terry Drinkwater with staff in its Los Angeles bureau on standby for updates to "CBS Evening News" each weekday night add something


1981

Cronkite retired from the program on March 6, 1981, nine months before his 65th birthday, under a CBS policy requiring retirement at 65, which has since been repealed add something

 

He began anchoring the "CBS Evening News" on March 9, 1981 add something

 

Dan Rather - Rather was anchor of the "CBS Evening News" for 24 years, from March 9, 1981, to March 9, 2005


1986

On September 1, 1986, amidst a brewing battle among & CBS's Board of Directors for control of the company and turmoil at CBS News, Rather closed his broadcast with the word "courage", repeating it the following night add something


1987

Bill Geist - In August 1987, he joined CBS as a correspondent, where he contributed to "CBS Evening News", "60 Minutes II" and CBS Sports

 

On September 11, 1987, Rather marched off-camera in anger when it appeared that CBS Sports' coverage of a U.S. Open tennis semifinal match was going to cut into time allotted for his program add something


1990

By 1990, the "Evening News" was in third place behind ABC's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" add something


1991

ACT UP - On January 22, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, ACT UP activist John Weir and two other activists entered the studio of the CBS Evening News at the beginning of the broadcast

 

Demonstrators from the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power broke into the CBS News studio on January 23, 1991, and chanted "Fight AIDS, not Arabs" during the show's introduction add something


1993

Melissa Stark - Stark was a news intern for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" in 1993 and 1994 where she wrote scripts and assembled background information on investigative pieces for health correspondent Dr. Bob Arnot

 

From June 1, 1993, to May 18, 1995, Connie Chung co-anchored the broadcast with Dan Rather add something


1995

The newscast returned to a solo anchor format in 1995 with Dan Rather continuing in his role as anchor add something


2001

Dan Rather - On his last "CBS Evening News" broadcast, he once again signed off with "Courage", this time linking it to the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as to courage shown by fellow journalists


2004

Rather left the anchor position amidst controversy and a credibility crisis over reports broadcast in the heat of the 2004 presidential election campaign add something

 

The report was a September 2004 "60 Minutes Wednesday" segment questioning President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard record add something


2005

At age 73, Rather retired from the "Evening News" on March 9, 2005, exactly 24 years after succeeding Cronkite add something

 

It was the only news broadcast to gain viewers during 2005 add something

 

The death of anchor Peter Jennings in 2005 coupled with the adoption of a dual-anchor format on "World News Tonight" and life-threatening injuries suffered by Bob Woodruff when an Iraqi military convoy he rode in hit a road-side bomb, leaving Elizabeth Vargas as sole anchor, in January 2006 put the ABC News division in flux add something

 

Dan Rather - Rather became embroiled in controversy about a disputed news report involving President George W. Bush's Vietnam-era service in the National Guard and subsequently left "CBS Evening News" in 2005, and he left the network altogether after 43 years in 2006

 

John Roberts (journalist) - He had been widely considered a potential replacement for "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather after Rather stepped down from the anchor desk in March 2005, but Bob Schieffer was chosen on an interim basis to be the next "CBS Evening News" anchor, and in subsequent months, it became clear that Roberts was not under consideration for the job

 

Dan Rather - Rather retired as the anchorman and Managing Editor of the "CBS Evening News" in 2005; his last broadcast was Wednesday, March 9, 2005

 

Dan Rather - Rather retired under pressure as the anchor of the "CBS Evening News" on March 9, 2005

 

On March 10, 2005, Rather was succeeded on an interim basis by "Face the Nation" host and CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer add something

 

In November 2005, CBS announced that "Evening News" executive producer Jim Murphy would be replaced by Rome Hartman, who took the helm of the program in January 2006 add something

 

On December 1, 2005, it was reported that Katie Couric, co-anchor of NBC's "Today", was considering CBS's offer to anchor the "Evening News" add something


2006

Bob Schieffer - Since leaving the anchor desk at CBS Evening News in 2006, Schieffer has entertained his longstanding interest in songwriting by collaborating with musicians in New York and Washington, D.C. His latest efforts have resulted in four songs with the Washington area band Honky Tonk Confidential, all of which appear on their CD, "Road Kill Stew and Other News "

 

On April 1, 2006, Couric officially signed a contract to become anchor of the "CBS Evening News" add something

 

On April 5, 2006, Couric announced on "Today" that she would be leaving the show and NBC News after a 15-year run as the morning show's co-anchor add something

 

Katie Couric - She remained at "Today" and NBC News for fifteen years until May 31, 2006, when she announced that she would be going to CBS to anchor the CBS Evening News, becoming the first solo female anchor of the "big three" weekday nightly news broadcasts

 

On June 20, 2006, & CBS News President Sean McManus announced that Rather and CBS had agreed to end his 44-year career with the network add something

 

Couric began working at CBS News in July 2006 add something

 

Bob Schieffer's final broadcast of the "CBS Evening News" occurred on August 31, 2006 add something

 

Couric had been the only solo female network news anchor in the United States from September 5, 2006, until December 21, 2009, when Diane Sawyer succeeded Charles Gibson, who retired as anchor of ABC's "World News" add something

 

During her first broadcast as anchor on September 5, 2006, new graphics, a new set, and a new theme composed by Academy Award winning composer James Horner were introduced add something


2007

Lara Logan - In late January 2007, Logan filed a report of fighting along Haifa Street in Baghdad , but the CBS Evening News did not run the report; deeming it "a bit strong"

 

On March 8, 2007, "The New York Times" reported that executive producer Rome Hartman was being replaced by television news veteran Rick Kaplan add something

 

Paul Helmke - Brady Campaign - Before accepting a position with the Brady Campaign, Helmke worked at his father's law firm, Helmke Beams, LLP. In the wake of the Virginia Tech Massacre in April 2007, Helmke made many network appearances on such programs as the "CBS Evening News" and "ABC World News", discussing and arguing for more restrictive gun control

 

On April 4, 2007, Couric did a one-minute commentary about the importance of reading, in a piece substantially lifted from a "Wall Street Journal" column by Jeffrey Zaslow add something


2008

The "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" won the 2008 and 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast add something

 

The graphics were subtly updated, the American flag background on the news set was replaced by a replica of the globe fixture during the Cronkite era, and the James Horner theme was replaced by the 1987-91 theme composed by Trivers-Myers Music that was used during the Rather era add something

 

The new graphics design featured a look influenced by the graphics that CBS used during the 2008 presidential election coverage add something

 

PatientsLikeMe - It was featured in a March 2008 New York Time Magazine article entitled "Practicing Patients", a May 2010 New York Times article entitled "When Patients Meet Online, and in a December 2008 television segment with Sanjay Gupta for the CBS Evening News

 

Forrest Sawyer - His recent media appearances include anchoring the July 19, 2008 edition of the "CBS Evening News"

 

On July 28, 2008, the "CBS Evening News" became the third national newscast to began broadcasting in high definition, behind "NBC Nightly News" and PBS's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" add something

 

On August 27, 2008, Mediabistro wrote a piece about the Big Three network newscasts, praising Couric's "Evening News" for extensive reporting that had, in its opinion, content better than its rivals add something

 

In September 2008, Couric interviewed Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, earning respect from a MarketWatch critic for asking tough questions add something


2009

Another critic from MarketWatch praised Couric's work and said that people should watch out for her in 2009 add something

 

In 2009, CBS News revived its "CBS Reports" brand for "CBS Reports: Children of the Recession", a critically acclaimed multi-part series add something

 

The "Evening News" was broadcast live on ATV World in Hong Kong daily until January 1, 2009 add something

 

On May 18, 2009, the newscast's graphics were overhauled, using a blue and red color scheme with web-influenced motifs and layouts add something


2010

The second installment, "CBS Reports: Where America Stands", aired in January 2010 add something

 

Following Cronkite's death months earlier, Morgan Freeman started doing the voice-over on January 4, 2010 add something


2011

Since 2011, the program is anchored by Scott Pelley on weekdays add something

 

On April 3, 2011, the Associated Press reported that Couric would be leaving the "Evening News" when her contract expired in June add something

 

On May 3, 2011, CBS confirmed that Pelley would replace Couric on the "CBS Evening News" in June add something

 

Harry Smith served as the interim anchor until Pelley's tenure started on June 6, 2011 add something

 

More recently, Russ Mitchell had been the weekend anchor for the " & CBS Evening News" until December 2011, when he announced his resignation from CBS News to take a lead anchor position with NBC affiliate WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio add something


2012

Since 2012, Jim Axelrod has served as anchor of the Saturday edition, while Jeff Glor anchors the Sunday edition add something


2015

On March 23, 2015 the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley debuted new graphics add something

 

In June 2015, when Lester Holt became lead anchor of & NBC Nightly News, NBC assigned different anchors for the weekend edition of their newscasts add something


2016

On May 2, 2016, CBS announced that the weekend editions of the "CBS Evening News", effective May 7, 2016, will be revamped as the "CBS Weekend News", whose Saturday and Sunday editions will be anchored by Reena Ninan and Elaine Quijano respectively add something

 

On May 2, 2016, CBS announced that the weekend editions will be rebranded, effective May 7, as the "CBS Weekend News", whose Saturday and Sunday editions will be anchored by Reena Ninan and Elaine Quijano respectively add something


2017

News - On May 30, 2017, reports surfaced confirming that Scott Pelley had been relieved of his anchor and editor duties at CBS Evening News add something

 

As of May 31, 2017, Pelley's name remains on the program add something

 

As of May 31, 2017, the program is anchored by Anthony Mason on an interim basis add something

 

News - On June 6, "CBS Evening News" announced on Twitter that Pelley would anchor until June 16, 2017, after which Mason will take over add something

 

Until June 16, 2017, the program is anchored by Scott Pelley who has been the anchor since June 6, 2011 add something

 

Beginning June 19, 2017, the program will be anchored by Anthony Mason on an interim basis add something

 

News - On October 25, 2017, CBS News announced that correspondent Jeff Glor would become the new anchor for the "Evening News", beginning in November add something

 

As of November 2017, the program is anchored by Jeff Glor add something

 

News - Mason will continue with CBS News as a Senior National Correspondent and co-anchor of "CBS This Morning Saturday", once Jeff Glor begins effective December 4, 2017 add something


2018

As of June 2018, the newscast, once a ratings juggernaut, has been consistently in third place among the evening newscasts of the "Big Three" networks add something


2019

News - As of March 4, 2019 CBS Evening News occupied third place of the three major television news programs with 6,309,000 total viewers add something

 

News - On May 6, 2019, it was announced that Glor would be leaving "CBS Evening News" and would be replaced by "CBS This Morning" anchor Norah O'Donnell, effective with the May 20 broadcast add something

 

His last day of his broadcast was May 10, 2019 add something

 

John Dickerson (journalist) - On May 10, 2019, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky said that Dickerson will fill in for a week on the CBS Evening News after current anchor Jeff Glor stepped down

 

Anthony Mason returned to the broadcast for the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day for Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6, 2019 add something