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Uncertainty Looms for Future of CBS Evening News

In the wake of Scott Pelley‘s ouster from the CBS Evening News, execs once again are forced to rebuild their signature flagship newscast.

Pelley (left) was dismissed from the broadcast at the end of May, while remaining as a 60 Minutes correspondent. His tenure in the coveted seat started in 2011.

Pelley brought stability to the venerable news coverage, even if the ratings didn’t reflect that opposite NBC with Lester Holt and ABC with David Muir, who at three years is now the elder statesman of network news anchors.

So what happens next for CBS?

One insider with knowledge of the process says management is sifting through a number of internal candidates.

Anthony Mason has been named the interim anchor, expected to last through the summer. He’s been a fixture at CBS for more than 30 years, after stops in local news including WCBS/Channel 2.

“They are playing this really close to the vest,” the insider tells Tuned In, “although Anthony is definitely a top candidate and a very popular one.”

But Mason, who will be 61 later this month, isn’t the only person being scrutinized for the high-profile assignment. Don Dahler, who got the anchor duties Saturday night, could be another possibility. The former WCBS anchor also did extensive reporting for ABC.

The network is also exploring some outside candidates.

However the insider cautions, “Obviously with the [Katie Couric] disaster, they’re going to be very careful about bringing in someone who doesn’t fit in the carefully restored CBS tradition.”

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WABC’s Jeff Pegues Heading for CBS News

PeguesBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Veteran Channel 7 reporter Jeff Pegues is moving onto a network platform. The personable broadcast journalist is joining CBS News as a Washington DC based reporter.

Pegues started at WABC in December 2003, and quickly rose to cover some of the biggest stories for the station.

Arguably, the Emmy Award winner’s most memorable newsgathering took place last October during Superstorm Sandy. Viewers will recall Pegues being on the scene of the harrowing Breezy Point fire as residents attempted to escape.

“It’s been an incredible 10 years,” Pegues told Tuned In exclusively. “Working for Channel 7 is like playing for the Yankees. It’s a class, top-notch organization.”

During that decade in “pinstripes” on camera, he was a regular nighttime reporter. The 11 p.m. newscast would feature lead anchor Bill Ritter traditionally throwing it to a live Pegues with his “Jeffrey” moniker.

Tuned In has obtained the email that news director Camille Edwards sent to employees Friday.

“Sometimes life is bittersweet. This is one of those moments,” Edwards wrote.

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