It looks like CBS has found its replacement for Charlie Rose.
CBS has confirmed that John Dickerson, the host of the CBS Sunday politics show Face the Nation, will replace Rose on CBS This Morning. Dickerson will begin his hosting duties on Jan. 10, and be based in New York.
“On the campaign trail I’ve collected compliments about CBS This Morning’s commitment to the news for years now,” Dickerson said in a statement. “Every time I’ve been on the show I haven’t wanted the conversation with Norah and Gayle to end when my segment does. Now it doesn’t have to.”
CBS also announced that Dickerson will give up his duties as moderator of Face the Nation, which he has hosted since 2015 following the retirement of longtime host Bob Schieffer. So far, there is no word on any potential replacements from CBS.
Dickerson, 49, who is also CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, clearly made an impression after filling in for a week in December alongside CBS This Morning co-hosts Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King. Dickerson joined CBS in 2009, and served as the network’s political director for six years prior to taking over the hosting duties on Face the Nation.
“Few people possess John’s intellect, curiosity and journalistic chops,” said Ryan Kadro, executive producer of CBS This Morning. “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.”
According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, some who work on the show have been frustrated by how the transition is being handled. But among other reporters and media personalities, the initial response to the news appears to be largely positive.
Blake Hounshell, editor in chief of Politico Magazine:
The most decent man in journalism replaces a monster https://t.co/GezgF2OS7D
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) January 9, 2018
Joe Concha, media reporter for The Hill:
I like this move. Dickerson is solid, has a nice morning persona and does solid interviews without making himself the story. Via Yashar Ali below: https://t.co/qHO87EAsDt
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) January 9, 2018
Philip Rucker, White House bureau chief for the Washington Post:
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 9, 2018
Rose was fired by CBS in November after the Washington Post detailed allegations from eight women who said Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them. The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose on his PBS show, Charlie Rose. The women, who ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters, described lewd phone calls, Rose walking around naked in their presence and groping.
“Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace — a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work,” CBS News President David Rhodes wrote in a memo to the network’s staff about Rose’s firing. “We need to be such a place.”
Dickerson’s new job comes as the show’s rival, NBC’s Today, announced that Hoda Kotb would permanently replace Matt Lauer after the longtime host was fired over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.
CBS This Morning currently ranks third in the ratings behind Today and ABC’s Good Morning America. Dickerson’s Face the Nation finished No. 1 in total viewers for the fourth quarter of 2017, but trailed NBC’s Meet the Press among adults 25 to 54.
So far, PBS has not named a permanent replacement for Rose. The network has been airing Amanpour, the CNN International interview show hosted by Christiane Amanpour, on an interim basis since December.