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Jeff Glor might be a long shot candidate to replace Pelley

Western New York native Jeff Glor was the substitute anchor Wednesday night on "The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."

And that got me thinking: Why isn't Glor being mentioned as a possible replacement for Pelley, whose departure from the anchor seat is a foregone conclusion even if CBS is keeping his name in the title of the newscast?

I suspect Pelley's eventual departure is partly the result of the success of the younger David Muir since he became the anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" almost three years ago. ABC's newscast wins nationally in total viewers, "The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt" in the key age 25-54 demographic.

Why wouldn't third place CBS go younger, too?

I suspect Glor is a long shot, but the Town of Tonawanda native does have similarities to Muir.

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At 41, Glor is only two years younger than Muir.

Muir is a Syracuse native, Glor a graduate of Syracuse University.

Muir worked at a Syracuse station, Glor worked at a different Syracuse station.

Muir worked at a Boston station before joining ABC News, Glor worked at a Boston station before joining CBS News.

Muir anchored ABC's weekend news for a time, Glor anchored CBS' weekend news for a time.

CBS seemed to be grooming Glor to eventually be a nightly news anchor. He has been a substitute anchor in the morning for Charlie Rose and Pelley at night, worked on stories for "60 Minutes Sports" and covered a variety of national stories as a correspondent. He also is a substitute host for Rose's PBS talk show.

But he still might be a little young for the position now at CBS. He might have to wait for the next opening.

There have been several reports that Anthony Mason will be the interim news anchor once Pelley officially leaves and is a front-runner to get the job permanently. Mason, 60, is an awful lot like Pelley, a smart, solid journalist who is a little bit dull as an anchor.

Glor is one of the few obvious internal candidates at CBS and should be a candidate to substitute for Mason in the summer when he vacations.

Norah O'Donnell, the co-anchor of "CBS This Morning," could be another internal candidate but that would potentially harm the momentum in the morning.

CBS also could go outside with a big name hire, though the failure of the Katie Couric regime argues against that. Or it could take the rare step of having two co-anchors.

It wouldn't be shocking if CBS tried to persuade CNN's Anderson Cooper to come aboard as an anchor if he could get out of his contract. After all, the 49-year-old Cooper already is a correspondent for "60 Minutes."

Pelley will continue to work at "60 Minutes," which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the fall.

The fact that CBS is keeping his name on the newscast for now suggests that the reports that the network hopes he will return to anchor to say goodbye are accurate.

CBS has taken some heat for the classless way Pelley's departure has leaked, although Pelley might have contributed to that by unconfirmed reports he emptied his office before the network was ready to announce the change.

It may take months before the nation will learn who will fill that office.

Why not Glor?

email: apergament@buffnews.com

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