Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Morgan Freeman Replaces Walter Cronkite As “CBS Evening News” Announcer

Morgan Freeman has replaced late CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite as the voice of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

Cronkite recorded the introduction, played at the beginning of most newscasts, when Katie took over the evening news broadcast in 2006. The iconic journalist’s voice was kept on the air even after his death July 17. Now, nearly six months after Cronkite’s passing, CBS bosses have decided Katie’s intro could use an update. Cronkite’s voice has been removed from the newscast and replaced by a voiceover featuring the Oscar-winning Freeman.

“As comforting as it is to look back on the great career that Walter had, we’re looking forward now and we just felt it was the right time to make the move that at some point had to be made,” says CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus. “This seemed like the appropriate time since Walter’s passing to make the move.”

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