Anthony Mason Will Anchor ‘CBS Evening News’ on Interim Basis

He will take Scott Pelley’s seat until a permanent replacement is named

Last Updated: May 31, 2017 @ 7:19 AM

Anthony Mason will anchor “CBS Evening News” on an interim basis until a permanent replacement for Scott Pelley is named, TheWrap has confirmed from a source close to the situation.

Pelley, who was abruptly replaced on Wednesday evening, had been the anchor and managing editor of the network’s nightly newscast since 2011, when he took over for Katie Couric. He will return to the newscast for a chance to say goodbye to viewers, according to a CBS News source.

Pelley is currently on assignment for “60 Minutes” and has not been on CBS News for several days. News that he is being replaced broke abruptly on Wednesday night, first by the New York Post. CBS didn’t formally announce anything.

Mason has spent over 30 years as a television journalist, reporting from more than 30 countries and winning seven Emmy awards. He joined CBS News in 1986.

Mason was assigned to the London Bureau from 1987-1990 and was CBS News’ Chief Moscow Correspondent from 1991-1993. He was named CBS News’ Business Correspondent in 1998, and has been involved in election coverage for CBS News over the last decade, providing exit poll analysis during the primaries and on election night.

Pelley is expected to return to “60 Minutes” on a full-time basis.