Morgan Freeman becomes voice of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
Now gravitas-laden actor Morgan Freeman is the new voice of the CBS Evening News, six months after the death of the original man who recorded the brief announcement introducing anchor Katie Couric to the audience, venerated CBS anchor Walter Cronkite.
Freeman's introduction is here.
Cronkite provided a welcome stamp of approval by recording the sound bite introducing the shows when Couric took over the newscast in 2006. Back in July when Cronkite died, the network said it would retire his voice over but never really did until today.
Executive producer Rick Kaplan simply told the New York Times the transition seemed right now. Doesn't hurt that a new year and a new competition with new ABC evening anchor Diane Sawyer gives the Eye network plenty of reasons to spruce up its third place newscast.
Another factoid I didn't know -- all the evening newscasts have non-news celebrities announcing their start, from Michael Douglas at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams to Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, who introduces World News at ABC with Sawyer.
Much as I dig Freeman, however, I think it would have been cooler to get the real voice of God, James Earl Jones, to step in. After all, it's been years since he told the world "This is CNN."