John Dickerson named new co-host of 'CBS This Morning'

"Face the Nation" anchor John Dickerson is taking over for Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning", the network announced Tuesday.

"CBS This Morning", which is now co-anchored by Norah O'Donnel and Gayle King, has shown ratings improvement over the past few years but still lags behind ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today" show in the morning show race.

Rhodes continued to praise King and O'Donnell's leadership on CBS This Morning and believed that the trio would continue to deliver CBS' brand of excellent journalism to the audience every day on the morning news program.

"Few people possess John's intellect, curiosity and journalistic chops", said Ryan Kadro, executive producer of CBS THIS MORNING. "He's the ideal complement to Gayle and Norah". He will start on January 10 and will be based in NY.

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"This is a new beginning with an old friend", O'Donnell said. Last week its "Today" show named Hoda Kotb as co-host, formally replacing Matt Lauer, who was sacked for what NBC called "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace". "I've worked alongside John for nearly 20 years, and this is a great way to continue our mission of putting the news back in the morning".

Dickerson, also the network's political director, was named "Face the Nation" anchor in April 2015 following veteran Bob Schieffer's retirement.

He said that he'll be in Washington later this week to begin the process of finding Dickerson's replacement there. CBS has not yet chosen his successor, effectively setting off a horse race at the network for one of television's most influential political roles.

Variety and Deadline also report that Dickerson is expected to be named to the Sunday news program, though CBS News has yet to issue an official statement. CBS THIS MORNING is in its closest competitive position with "Today" in at least three decades and in almost two decades.

  • Stacy Houston