The newscast returned to a solo anchor format on May 19, 1995, with Dan Rather continuing in his role as anchor.
At age 73, Rather retired from the Evening News on March 9, 2005, exactly 24 years after succeeding Cronkite.
Chung normally co-anchored in the studio with Rather, but sometimes one of them appeared on location, while the other remained in the studio.
Though Rather never said so publicly, CBS News insiders said he did not approve of her appointment.
An interview related to the Iran–Contra affair with then-Vice President George H. Bush where the two engaged in a shouting match on live television did little to dispel those concerns.
Rather apologized for his behavior in statements the following day.
In 1950, the nightly newscast was renamed Douglas Edwards with the News; the following year, it became the first news program to be broadcast on both coasts, through the installation of a new coaxial cable connection, prompting Edwards to use the greeting "Good evening everyone, coast to coast" to begin each broadcast.
On May 3, 1948, the network debuted a weeknightly newscast, CBS Television News, which originally aired as a 15-minute broadcast each weeknight at p.m.Rather was in Miami covering the visit to the city by Pope John Paul II.When the tennis match ended sooner than expected at p.m. Six minutes of dead air followed before he returned to the broadcast position; nearly half of the audience watched and waited. By 1990, the CBS Evening News was in third place behind ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.On September 2, 1963, the program, retitled CBS Evening News, became the first half-hour weeknight news broadcast of network television and was moved to p.m.Eastern time (the Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC expanded to 30 minutes exactly one week later on September 9, 1963).On September 1, 1986, amidst a brewing battle among CBS's Board of Directors for control of the company and turmoil at CBS News, Rather closed his broadcast with the word "courage," repeating it the following night.On September 3, Rather said the masculine noun for the Spanish word for "courage," "coraje" (the primary translation for "courage" in Spanish is "valor").A number of bloggers analyzed scans of the documents, and rapidly concluded they were forgeries.Subsequently, CBS commissioned an independent inquiry into the matter and several CBS staffers were fired or asked to resign.Eastern Time; first anchored by Douglas Edwards, it was the first regularly scheduled network television news program to use an on-camera anchor.The network also broadcast a recap of the week's news stories on a Sunday night program titled Newsweek in Review, which was later retitled The Week in Review and the show was moved to Saturdays.