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Jim Axelrod Eyed As Permanent Anchor of ‘CBS Evening News’ Saturday

CBS News is closing in on a new full-time anchor for the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News.” TVNewser hears that CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod is the man that will get the gig.

Axelrod has been the primary fill-in anchor on the program since Russ Mitchell left CBS News a year ago. Jeff Glor anchors the Sunday edition. The new deal, assuming it gets done, will formalize the role for Axelrod.

The weekend evening news ratings reflect the weekday ratings, with NBC leading the way, followed by ABC and CBS. The numbers might be smaller than the weekday counterparts, but more than 10 million people still get their news on the weekend from the newscasts. Lester Holt anchors the weekend editions of “NBC Nightly News,” while David Muir anchors ‘ABC World News” weekend.

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