CBS readies new look, format for ‘Evening News’ as Norah O’Donnell takes over

CBS Evening News” is set for an on air makeover at the same time Norah O’Donnell takes over as anchor tonight, July 15, 2019.

The network has been teasing a bold blue new look along with photos of O’Donnell on set in Studio 57 for some time now.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that the network is switching to new theme music and doing away with the fast paced “headlines” segment at the top of the broadcast.

In other promotional material and social media posts, the network seems to be driving home a focus on investigative journalism and “original reporting.”

The hard-hitting news focus is reportedly set to focus on big interviews, investigations and a hard news focus.


Any changes made tonight are just the start — CBS will move the broadcast to Washington, D.C. in the fall.

The network is busy building a new studio for O’Donnell, who lives in D.C. with her family.

For now, however, the broadcast will originate from Studio 57, a studio originally built for “This Morning” but later becoming home to “Evening” as well.

The nearby Studio 47, the longtime home of “Evening” was renovated and became a large newsroom the network calls the “News Hub.”

O’Donnell is set to debut as anchor tonight at 6:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. central in most markets.