Dan Rather to Leave Anchor Post
Veteran newsman Dan Rather announced Tuesday that he's resigning as anchor of CBS News next spring after more than 40 years with the network, according to reports.
Rather's future with the network has been the subject of much speculation recently, after he came under fire for a 60 Minutes story before the presidential election questioning President Bush's National Guard service. The story turned out to be based on documents that are believed to be false. Some critics have called for the 73-year-old anchor's resignation since.
In announcing his move from the top spot, Rather made no mention of the National Guard story, the Associated Press reports. He said that he had met with CBS executives last summer and agreed to the change following the Nov. 2 election.
Rather said that he would continue to work for the network and 60 Minutes as a correspondent. "I have always been and remain a hard news investigative reporter at heart," Rather said. "I now look forward to pouring my heart into that kind of reporting full time."
Rather said he will leave the desk in March, on the 24th anniversary of when he assumed the job from Walter Cronkite. That 24-year span is the longest of any anchor at the head of a network news desk.
A replacement for Rather has not been named.
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