Pelley out as “CBS Evening News” anchor

Scott Pelley. (File)
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NEW YORK (AP) Scott Pelley is out as "CBS Evening News" anchor, and he'll be returning to full-time work at the network's flagship newsmagazine "60 Minutes,” the network announced Wednesday.

Anthony Mason, who co-anchors “CBS This Morning: Saturday” will serve as interim anchor of the evening news broadcast.

He has worked as a reporter and anchor for CBS News for the past 25 years.

Pelley had anchored the “CBS Evening News” since 2011.

“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,” said David Rhodes, President of CBS News.

“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.”

The “CBS Evening News” is a distant third to ABC and NBC in the evening news rankings and despite some critical success, has not been able to close the gap.

Reports of Pelley's departure first surfaced in The New York Post, which said Pelley's office at the evening news was being cleaned out on Tuesday.

Pelley did not anchor the broadcast Tuesday, as it was announced he was on assignment for "60 Minutes."