July 22, 2005

CBS still weighing anchor possibilities

By Paul J. Gough

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Six months after vowing
to remake "CBS Evening News" following the departure of Dan
Rather, CBS chief Leslie Moonves said Thursday the network is
in no hurry.

Rather left March 9, making way for CBS News veteran
correspondent Bob Schieffer to take over temporarily. It isn't
clear how long he will stay.

"As long as we have Schieffer there, we don't have a gun to
our head," said Moonves, who also is co-president and co-chief
operating officer at CBS' Viacom Inc. parent.

But Moonves didn't give a timeline for the changes, which
have been rumored for months.

Moonves and CBS News president Andrew Heyward said they
will use the summer to formulate a plan and test elements of it
before unveiling the broadcast. Moonves reaffirmed his
commitment to not luring a major news star to the anchor chair.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter