CBS says Pelley out as 'CBS Evening News' anchor

Pelley began working at the "CBS Evening News" nearly exactly six years ago, succeeding Katie Couric.

Pelley has been fired from CBS's flagship evening news show, and will be reassigned to "60 minutes", Page Six reported.

Two sources familiar with the matter confirmed the ousting to the Associated Press. He was nicknamed "Poison Pelley" after he allegedly screamed at a reporter, "You wouldn't last 10 seconds at CBS News!" in 2013.

Viewers of "CBS Evening News" will soon be greeted by a new anchor.

Pelley joined CBS News in 1989, and covered such headlining stories as Operation Desert Storm, the 1992 presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and Ross Perot and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Pelley's ratings had been low for a considerable amount of time. Per Page Six's sources, Pelley's office was being cleared out while he as out on assignment. An official announcement about his permanent move to "60 Minutes" could come as early as Wednesday. The program has given CBS its best morning ratings in 29 years and became a major profit center for the network.

Mason was assigned to the London Bureau from 1987-1990 and was CBS News' Chief Moscow Correspondent from 1991-1993.

The 59-year-old is expected to remain as a correspondent on "60 Minutes". "I'm glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude".

Mason, who now anchors CBS This Morning on the weekends, will reportedly serve as interim anchor through the summer. Pelley has been in the job since 2011 - a relatively quiescent period by "Evening News" standards, with little turnover and little apparent evidence of any friction between the network and its top anchor. His newscast has lost 9 percent of its audience from a year ago, despite high audience interest in the news, according to statistics cited by the industry site TVNewser.

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