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Jane Pauley New Anchor Of “CBS Sunday Morning”

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(CBS) — Television legend Jane Pauley has been named the new anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” the nation’s #1 Sunday morning news program, it was announced today by CBS News President David Rhodes.

Pauley will succeed Charles Osgood as anchor. Osgood is retiring Sunday (Sept. 25) from the series, after 22 years as anchor of the award-winning broadcast, and after 45 years at CBS News.

Pauley’s first broadcast in the new role will be October 9, when she’ll become only the third anchor in the history of “Sunday Morning.”

Pauley joined “Sunday Morning” in 2014 as a contributor. Since then she’s been a substitute host and has delivered a steady stream of high-profile interviews and reporting to the broadcast.

“Charles Osgood set the standard for ‘CBS Sunday Morning,’” Pauley said. “And it’s a great honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy of excellence. I look forward to bringing loyal viewers the kind of engaging, original reporting that has made the broadcast so irresistible for so long.”

“Jane Pauley is the ideal host for the most wide-ranging news program on American culture, our beloved ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ broadcast,” said Rhodes. “Charles Osgood is a television news legend — and so is Jane Pauley.”

“We first got to know Jane when we did a story about her on ‘Sunday Morning,’” said Rand Morrison, Executive Producer of “CBS Sunday Morning.” “Our viewers immediately responded by suggesting she belonged on ‘Sunday Morning’ permanently. And, as is so often the case, they were right. She’s a dedicated, experienced broadcast journalist. But — every bit as important — she’s a delight to work with. A worthy successor, and a perfect fit.”