Charles Osgood is about to say farewell as host of CBS News Sunday Morning in September after 22 years as its host. He announced his scheduled September 25th departure on Sunday’s edition. That broadcast will be a tribute to Osgood’s legacy on and off Sunday Morning. But after, he won’t be absent from the program, assuring viewers he will be on hand for occasional appearances.
Charles Osgood (above) is exiting a job only one other person has held since Sunday Morning premiered in 1979. Charles Kuralt retired in 1994 after crafting the job in his own folksy, easygoing image, and hosting for 15 years. Osgood had an impossible act to follow. But with his own erudition and his slightly bookish, bow-tied style, he immediately clicked with viewers who continued to embrace the program as an unhurried television magazine that seemed defined only by its host’s, and the staff’s, curiosity.
Even then, Osgood was already a CBS veteran. In 1967, he took a job as reporter on the CBS-owned New York news radio station. Then, one fateful weekend, he was summoned to fill in at the anchor desk for the television network’s Saturday newscast. In 1971, he joined the CBS network.
He has proved to be a broadcaster who can write essays and light verse, as well as report hard news, and he has continued to work in both radio and television with equal facility. He has been an anchor and reporter for many CBS News broadcasts on both television and radio. He has long delivered The Osgood File on radio.
No successor has been named. Among those under consideration are reportedly Sunday Morning colleagues Jane Pauley, Anthony Mason, and Lee Cowan. Meanwhile, the program continues to be a ratings leader. With a year-to-date audience of nearly 6 million viewers, it consistently tops rival Sunday morning news programs.
Until next time> “never forget”