Scott Pelley takes anchor chair for ‘CBS Evening News’, emphasizes the stories, not his own role

June 06, 2011

Scott Pelley went old-school Monday in his first official outing as anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”

He did so by presiding over a smooth newscast that was low on flash and high on bread-and-butter stories about war, cancer cures and, eventually, lying Congressman Anthony Weiner.

It was a show built to Pelley’s strength – delivering solid stories, followed by low-key, informative conversations with correspondents about what’s going on in the world.

The show was bookended by war reports, perhaps as a way to appeal to new and old viewers. There was an extended piece by Mandy Clark, who is on the ground with troops in Afghanistan, to start with and it ended with an Anthony Mason piece on the anniversary of D-Day.

There were no stunning innovations, nothing viewers hadn’t seen before in terms of presentation, just a straight-ahead delivery of the news in a manner that will clearly appeal to the core viewers ages 25 to 54.

Webmaster’s note: John Trivers and Elizabeth Myers (together with Alan Pasqua) are the composers of the music for the CBS Evening News, premiering June 6, 2011.