Morgan Freeman Becomes Voice of CBS News
'It was the right time' to replace Walter Cronkite: network
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2010 5:55 PM CST
In this photo taken on Sept. 24, 2007, Walter Cronkite arrives at the Metropolitan Opera 2007-08 season opening gala.   (Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – Nearly six months after Walter Cronkite's death, his voice is leaving the CBS Evening News. His introduction of anchor Katie Couric has been replaced by a voiceover featuring actor Morgan Freeman. The legendary CBS News anchor recorded the introduction, played at the beginning of most newscasts, when Couric started at CBS in 2006. Cronkite's voice stayed on the air even after his death July 17.

"As comforting as it is to look back on the great career that Walter had, we're looking forward now and we just felt it was the right time to make the move that at some point had to be made," said CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus. Having Freeman on board gives CBS the flexibility to record different intros when Couric has special reports and is on location, he said.