CBS News named “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson as the new co-anchor of its “CBS This Morning,” placing the Washington anchor in a role that was previously filled by Charlie Rose. He will join Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell on the A.M. franchise.
Dickerson, who will start his new duties Wednesday morning, said in an interview he welcomed the chance to broaden the range of subjects he would present to viewers. “The political story is still one of the biggest stories. On some days, it’s the big story. I’m excited to be able to take what I do on Sundays and be able to do it during the week,” he said, speaking from an Acela train on its way to New York City. But, he said, “I get to comment on all the news for two hours – so that’s business, that’s all of the other things that are happening in America.”
Discussions about Dickerson joining “CBS This Morning” began in the last days of 2017, the anchor said.
Naming Dickerson to the role will end a period of uncertainty surrounding the program. The show has been without a regular third co-anchor since CBS ousted Rose in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment made against him by employees of his production company as well as staffers at CBS News. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate,” Rose said in a statement shortly after the disclsoure.” I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
SOURCE: Brian Steinberg