Norah O’Donnell calls the addition 'a new beginning with an old friend'
CBS This Morning has found its new anchor: Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson is taking Charlie Rose’s seat, the network announced Tuesday.
“It’s official. @JDickerson will be joining @NorahODonnell and @GayleKing at the table in Studio 57 as our new co-host, starting Wednesday,” the show tweeted following HuffPost’s initial report.
The news comes on the sixth anniversary of the show’s airing — a revival of CBS This Morning replaced The Early Show on Jan. 9, 2012 — and seven weeks after CBS formally fired Rose in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations.
Co-anchors King and O’Donnell have been holding down the fort, and both gave Dickerson a warm welcome on Tuesday.
“Today is our sixth anniversary. Can’t think of better way to celebrate and kick off our next chapter,” said King in the network’s announcement.
“This is a new beginning with an old friend,” said O’Donnell. “I’ve worked alongside John for almost 20 years and this is a great way to continue our mission of putting the news back in the morning.”
Dickerson is thrilled to join them. “Every time I’ve been on the show I haven’t wanted the conversation with Norah and Gayle to end when my segment does,” Dickerson said. “Now it doesn’t have to.”
“Few people possess John’s intellect, curiosity, and journalistic chops,” shared Ryan Kadro, the show’s EP. “He’s the perfect complement to Gayle and Norah and will help us continue the momentum CBS This Morning achieved over the last six years.”
A Washington D.C. native, 49-year-old Dickerson began at CBS as an analyst and contributor in 2009. He was named political director in 2012 and began moderating Face the Nation in June 2015.
According to CNN, CBS said that “Dickerson will transition from the Face the Nation anchor chair in the coming weeks as CBS News prepares to name his successor.”