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Yesterday The New York Times reported that CBS would cease using Walter Cronkite‘s voice in the opening for “Evening News.” In an interview with the newspaper, Sean McManus, the president of CBS News, said that it was “probably not appropriate to use his name introducing the evening news” after his death.
Hours later, though, CBS reversed course and announced that it had decided to continue using Cronkite’s famous Midwestern brogue. Mr. Cronkite has been the voice behind the “Evening News” introduction since Katie Couric became its anchor in 2006.
Members of Cronkite’s family gave their blessing to the decision to continue using his voice, says CBS News spokesman Jeff Ballabon.