Jane Pauley named anchor of 'CBS Sunday Morning'

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Jane Pauley will take over as the new anchor of CBS Sunday Morning. She succeeds Charles Osgood, who has anchored the program for 22 years and been at CBS News for 45 years. The transition was expected; Osgood announced Aug. 25 that Sept. 25 would be his final broadcast. He will continue to host The Osgood File, his daily news commentaries broadcast on the CBS Radio Network. He'ill also make occasional appearances on Sunday Morning.

Pauley made the official announcement herself on this morning's edition of the program. Her first broadcast in the new role will be Oct. 9. She becomes only the third anchor of Sunday Morning. Osgood followed in the footsteps of Charles Kuralt.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Jane Pauley attends the 2015 Kips Bay Boys And Girls Club's President's Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Jane Pauley attends the Bailey House Gala & Auction 2015 at Pier 60 on March 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 16: Award-winning anchor and author Jane Pauley poses witih the copy of her book, ÂYour Life CallingÂ, at book signing session during 2014 Pennsylvania Conference For Women at Philadelphia Convention Center on October 16, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Pennsylvania Conference for Women)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Director of the Smith College Wurtele Center for Work and Life Jessica Bacal speaks as award-winning anchor and author Jane Pauley looks on as they participate in seminar Sessions during 2014 Pennsylvania Conference For Women at Philadelphia Convention Center on October 16, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Pennsylvania Conference for Women)
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Pauley offered a tribute to Osgood at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Sept. 21 in New York.

Her full remarks from the Emmys are below.

He's going to missed by millions.

This morning in Indianapolis a devoted fan remarked to me that Charlie is always so present. What she meant is that he was so present to her - individually. I've watched Charlie in the studio on Sunday Morning, talking to that viewer. He speaks very quietly. Nothing forced or anchor-like. And yet Charlie delivers each word and phrase with the playful precision of the broadcast stylist he is. I really can't think of anyone like him on the air.

Every phrase is prose. Unless it's poetry.

'Powerful are those who choose
The items that make up the news.
And yet in spite of all that power,
It's much like singing in the shower.
For it is clear from card and letter.
That you all think you'd do it better.'

That's from one of Charlie's books titled: Nothing Could be Finer than a Crisis that is Minor in the Morning. Which is fun to say.

What will Sunday Morning be without his presence? His calm demeanor? His civility? His curiosity? His delight? Charlie and his bow ties are just part of the rhythm of people's lives. 'I never miss Sunday Morning,' one of my neighbors said, 'Or as we call it in our house, church.'

For 22 years, the church of Sunday Morning, has had an officiant who reliably conveyed grace. People will miss him deeply, because even in the worst of times, it felt like Charles Osgood could see the best in us. 'Hey, gang, here's why we're lucky to be alive. You think things are bad, and sometimes, they absolutely are, but here's why life is good and interesting and betcha didn't know this about that.'

And then we'd settle in with that second cup of coffee. Do you know anyone else with such an approachable voice? Fortunately for all of us, Charlie, we'll still see you on the radio!


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