Scott Pelley Heads to '60 Minutes' Full Time, Anthony Mason to Take Over 'CBS Evening News,'

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Anthony Mason has been named interim anchor of the CBS Evening News, while the program's current host Scott Pelley moves to 60 Minutes full time.

Pelley will also report on major stories and breaking news events across the CBS News division, the network said.

"Scott brought the best values of 60 Minutes to the CBS Evening News, and we thank him for his commitment to the journalism of this broadcast every night these past six years," David Rhodes, president of CBS News, said in a statement Wednesday. "The milestone 50th season of 60 Minutes requires Scott's full contribution, and we look forward to important reporting from him for many years to come."

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Kelly will also host a daily show this fall as part of NBC News' 'Today' family.

"Scott's work over many years at 60 Minutes has been extraordinary. So has his dedication to consequential reporting," added Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes. "It is exciting for all of us, and good for our viewers, that he will be focusing all of his efforts on 60 Minutes."

"I find my heart filled with gratitude for the opportunity to know you, humility in light of your sacrifices, and hope for the future of journalism because of the standards you live by," Pelley said of his colleagues at the CBS Evening News. "CBS has been great to me for nearly 30 years. I'm glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude."

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.