The only face on CBS This Morning from CBS’ previous morning program, Erica Hill, is now gone. CBS News has named its Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell co-host of CBS This Morning. O’Donnell, who was once considered a possible successor to Meredith Vieira on Today, will join co-hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King beginning this fall. The news comes after O’Donnell recently substituted for Hill, sitting next to Rose and King on the CBS morning program. Here’s what O’Donnell said about her guest stint on the show just last week: “I told Erica Hill who is letting me fill in for her, I promised not to leave too many crumbs in her keyboard; I won’t mess up her office too much.” Ironic, huh?
O’Donnell will leave the White House, a position she has held since joining CBS News in June 2011, to assume her new role while continuing as the principal substitute anchor for Face The Nation. Hill “is in discussions regarding a new role,” CBS News said. “Norah is an accomplished reporter with all the skills for the job,” CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said. “She’s a hard worker who knows her story and, as she has shown time after time at the White House, she can think on her feet on live television.” Before joining CBS News, O’Donnell was the Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC and a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today. She joined NBC News in 1999. The latest revamp of its morning show with the launch of CBS This Morning has not done much for CBS closing the ratings gap with NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America, as it continues to be far behind the ratings leaders.