CBS News anchor John Dickerson has been named co-host of "CBS This Morning", replacing Charlie Rose, who was sacked amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The accusers reportedly worked with Rose on his PBS interview show or at CBS News.
Dickerson, now host of the long-running Sunday public affairs show "Face the Nation", will "transition off" that program in the coming weeks, then a successor will be named, according to CBS.
Dickerson, 49, will join co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, who have been sharing the table with fill-ins since Rose was sacked November 21 following allegations of sexual harassment. His mother was Nancy Dickerson, CBS' News' first female correspondent and an associate producer on the first broadcast of "Face the Nation" in 1954.
It was announced Tuesday by David Rhodes, president of CBS News. Will the addition of Dickerson cause new viewers to sample the show and help grow the overall audience? "Gayle and Norah continue to show tremendous leadership on our morning broadcast each day".
He had been political director for CBS News since 2011, and an on-air political analyst for CBS News since 2009. "He's the flawless complement to Gayle and Norah and will help us continue the momentum "CBS This Morning" achieved over the last six years". Dickerson has been a reporter in Washington since 1995, covering the White House, Congress and economics. Hill was later replaced by Norah O'Donnell, and now Dickerson will replace Rose, making King the only original host.
John said, "On the campaign trail I've collected complements about CBS This Morning's commitment to the news for years now".
"Today is our sixth anniversary". Before joining CBS, he covered the George W. Bush administration for Time before moving on to write on politics for Slate. "Can't think of better way to celebrate and kick off our next chapter", King said in a press release issued by CBS. But with "CBS This Morning", the network is in a better competitive position against "Today" and "GMA" than ever before. CBS has not yet chosen his successor, effectively setting off a horse race at the network for one of television's most influential political roles.