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38 Years After Starting His Career in Local News, John Miller Joins CBS As Senior Correspondent

John Miller, who began his long broadcasting career as an investigative reporter in New York City, is returning to television, joining CBS News as a senior correspondent with a “major role” on “The Early Show.”

“It will be great to get him back on the air again,” CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said in a statement. “Even better that he will be on CBS.”

Miller’s career in television news began in 1973 at WNEW (now WNYW) in New York City. In 1985, he joined NBC owned-and-operated WNBC in the same market; he was an investigative reporter there until 1994, when he left to become chief spokesperson for NYC police commissioner William Bratton. Read more

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‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley’ Debuting in June

It’s official: “60 Minutes” veteran Scott Pelley will replace Katie Couric at the “CBS Evening News” anchor desk.

“Scott has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News,” said Jeff Fager, recently appointed CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “In more than two decades at CBS News, he has distinguished himself at every level, right up to his current role at ’60 Minutes,’ where his work has been incomparable. We like to think of CBS News as the ‘reporter’s network’ and I can’t think of anybody in this business better suited for the anchor chair than Scott.”

“I am delighted to join the terrific team at the ‘CBS Evening News,’” said Pelley.

Pelley joined CBS News as a reporter in 1989. The new “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” will debut on June 6th. Read more at TVNewser

Jeff Fager Tempers Anxiety of CBS Affiliates Board

Jeff Fager, who was recently promoted to chairman of CBS News, addressed the CBS affiliates board on Monday in Las Vegas, working to settle anxiety over ratings for the revamped “Early Show” and especially the “CBS Evening News,” which will soon have a new anchor.

“With Katie there was once a sense we were going to go in a different direction. It was going to be new and unique,” Kirk Black, senior vice president and general manager of Atlanta’s WGCL, told TVNewsCheck. “For whatever reason, that didn’t pan out. Right now, we’re anxious to see where they go next.”

While Fager didn’t go into great detail about Couric’s expected departure from the nightly newscast, he did impress station heads with his enthusiasm and hands-on approach to turning things around.

“He’s passionate and seems really motivated, almost like a station guy. He wants to get out there and get things pointed in the right direction,” Black said.

Changes Atop CBS News: Sean McManus Leaves Post as David Rhodes Becomes President

There’s a new management team at CBS News.

Sean McManus, the president of CBS News and Sports, will become chairman of CBS Sports. Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes,” has been named chairman of CBS News and David Rhodes (left), most recently the head of Bloomberg TV, has been appointed president of CBS News.

“We are extremely pleased that David Rhodes will be joining Jeff at the helm of CBS News,” said CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves. “David is a tremendously talented and dynamic new voice in our organization, and he has already made a name for himself as a superb journalist and news executive with great energy, credibility and dedication.”

“The world needs great broadcast journalism right now—and we’re going to work tirelessly to produce that at CBS News,” said Rhodes. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Jeff Fager, and hear his extraordinary passion for the institution. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team and get started.” Read more at TVNewser