Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Report: CBS Taking Second Look At Norah O'Donnell

The shaky start for new “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor is breathing new life into controversy over the network’s decision to pass over Norah O’Donnell for the gig.

Sources tell Page Six that inside the network, O’Donnell was a popular pick for the storied anchor’s chair after Scott Pelley vacated it last summer.

Norah O'Donnell
Last week TheNYPost reported that Tiffany Network execs are in panic mode because their flagship show has lost some 1.5 million viewers since Glor took over in December.

The network has denied the story, saying it “couldn’t be more excited about the direction” in which Glor is taking the show. CBS News president David Rhodes said in a note to staff after our story was published: “We have full confidence in Jeff Glor.”

Last year, insiders said that execs were loathe to move her off the successful “CBS This Morning” for the “Evening News” job, which has been held by Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Katie Couric.

When they moved Glor over from streaming service CBS Interactive, O’Donnell even appeared to express frustration, posting on Facebook, “Reposted this running photo as a reminder to myself that life is a lot like training for a road race. Sometimes no matter how much effort you put into the goal, you fall short. There’s always another race.”

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