The CBS Evening News

By | Sep 2, 2008

It was on September 2, 1963 that the CBS television network tried a bold experiment. They expanded the nation evening news as reported by Walter Cronkite from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. NBC would follow them expanding their coverage to 30 minutes a week later. It wouldn’t be until 1967 that ABC would expand their evening news to 30 minutes.

The CBS Evening News began broadcasting on August 15, 1948 with Douglas Edwards, a CBS radio announcer. Edwards would be the news anchor until 1962 when he was replaced by Walter Cronkite. In the mid 1950’s the CBS Evening News became the leading News program replacing NBC. After NBC changed anchors to Chet Huntley & David Brinkley CBS fell back to second again.

By 1967 CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite was once again the most popular and it was still there when Cronkite retired on March 6, 1981. Dan Rather became the next anchor and remained there until 2005.

Even though Dan Rather held the anchor’s seat the longest, he wasn’t always there alone. In 1993 in an effort to move the newscast from the number 3 spot, Connie Chung was brought in as co-anchor. There wasn’t a change in the rating and Rather became lone anchor 2 years later.

Katie Couric, one of the anchors of the morning NBC Today Show, would move to CBS and became the Evening News Anchor on September 5, 2006. Between the time of Rather’s retirement and Couric’s first newscast, Capitol Hill correspondent and host of CBS’s Sunday Morning Face the nation, Bob Schieffer was the anchor.

Couric’s first night moved CBS back into the Network News most watched. But it didn’t last long and the CBS Evening News once again fell to third place following the highly popular NBC News and ABC.


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