Charles Osgood has announced his retirement as anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” ending a 22-year run on the series. Osgood will continue as the anchor of “The Osgood File,” his daily news commentaries broadcast on the CBS Radio Network and stations around the country. He will also make occasional appearances on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Said Osgood on today’s broadcast: “Some of you may have heard rumors lately that I won’t be hosting these ‘Sunday Morning’ broadcasts very much longer. Well, I’m here to tell you that the rumors are true. For years now people — even friends and family — have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been such a joy doing it! Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together. I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on ‘Sunday Morning,’ the time has come.”
A 90-minute special edition of “CBS Sunday Morning” on Sept. 25 honoring Osgood will feature a look at the legendary broadcaster’s career and include surprise guests, interviews, comments from well-wishers and special performances. There is no word at press time who will replace him.