|Charles Osgood, Jane Pauley|
The NY Post reports the bow-tied Osgood told viewers at the end of his last telecast after 22 years that Pauley would replace him. She’s been a contributor to the show since 2014.
Pauley will be only the third host of the program since its 1979 start with Charles Kuralt. “Sunday Morning” averages nearly six million viewers a week, the most popular morning news program on the weekend, heavy on features and a quiet, cultured vibe. Osgood leaves on a high note; ratings have increased for four straight years and this past season was his most-watched ever as host.
|Osgood -circa early '90s|
“It’s a great honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy on excellence,” Pauley said. “I look forward to bringing loyal viewers the kind of engaging, original reporting that has made the broadcast so irresistible for so long.”
Pauley, 65, was host of NBC’s “Today” show for 13 years, ending in 1989. She spent a decade as an anchor at “Dateline NBC” and tried her own syndicated talk show in 2004.
CBS honored Osgood with a tribute that delved into his signatures: a fashionable bow tie, his love of telling stories in verse and piano playing. He sat at the piano to sing a song of farewell.
“I can’t think of anything that has given me more pleasure professionally than Sunday Morning,” Osgood said during the show.
It featured cameos from Tom Brokaw, who tried futilely to tie his own bow tie; Ted Koppel, who noted that Osgood’s real last name, Wood, was abandoned professionally because ABC had another newscaster named Charles Wood; and David Letterman, whose beard is approaching Santa Claus lengths.
Pauley begins as full-time host on Oct. 9, after the show takes a week off for a football game.