For Harry Smith, one of network television’s most underrated anchors, it’s a case of “here we go again.” He’s losing his morning gig at CBS.
Smith, along with Maggie Rodriguez and weather guesser Dave Price are leaving The Early Show effective January 3rd. Smith and Rodriguez are being replaced by their Saturday version counterparts, Chris Wragge and Erica Hill. Price’s slot will be filled by former Good Morning, America weather correspondent Marysol Castro.
Smith has been through this once before. A year after joining CBS News back in 1986, he became anchor of CBS This Morning, sharing the desk with Paula Zhan and weatherman Mark McCuen. In 1996, CBS decided to retool its morning show, moving Smith to a correspondent and substitute anchor position.
I had the pleasure of meeting him at a news writing workshop in Charlotte about 10 years ago or so. He was one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met from the crazy world of network television. He’s a great writer and was completely approachable.
Smith should have been the one to get the anchor seat when Dan Rather left The CBS Evening News. Fortunately, you can still find him there as Katie Couric’s primary substitute. Smith will also be a substitute for CBS News Sunday Morning and Face the Nation.
CBS says Rodriguez and Price will also remain in some capacity, but it sounds like they’re still working on defining what those capacities will be.
I’ll definitely miss Harry in the mornings. But I hope there are much bigger and better things on the horizon.