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CBS Early Show overhauls anchor desk -- finally

CBS News has finally had enough of being totally out of it in ratings and content with its morning news show, and has cleaned house.

Gone are co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez, along with weathercaster David Price. In are Chris Wragge and Erica Hill, as co-anchors, along with Jeff Glor as news anchor and Marysol Castro as weathercaster. (Pictured: Chris Wragge)

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I am not trying to be mean, just honest when I say this broadcast has been dead in the water longer than any news program on any network. I am surprised that CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus let it go on as long as he has.

And this needs to be said as well: The newscast most in need of a loud wake-up call or overhaul now is the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric." And it goes beyond ratings.

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On some nights, the newscast seems to have no energy and little sense of purpose. And I say that as a longtime fan of Couric's work. I have been looking for an opportunity to talk about CBS News and what a slow, dispirited operation it has become since the mid-term elections when it seemed steps behind the competition on ABC and NBC.

Actually, I have been wondering about CBS News since August when I appeared as a panelist with the network's White House correspondent, Chip Reid, on CNN's "Reliable Sources." The topic was the contentious and nasty landscape of TV news today. Reid said that since coming to CBS News from MSNBC, he didn't have to deal with such tumult.

"I work on this little island of sanity called the "CBS Evening News," which is in many ways the same as it was 10 or 20 years ago," he said.

And I remember thinking, "So that's the mindset within the culture of the CBS Evening News these days. No wonder there is no sense or urgency and energy in that newscast. There are no islands of sanity in the kind of revolution in communications and journalism that we are now experiencing. Whoever is letting the folks there feel insulated from the tumult is making a big mistake."

I suspect that goes above above and beyond Couric. Maybe the morning changes will reverberate throughout the news operation -- but I doubt it.

Anyway, here's the press release from CBS News on the morning changes:

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