This show was network TV's first 30-minute evening newscast, having been expanded from its previous 15 minute format beginning with the September 3, 1963 telecast. It was at the end of that first 30-minute installment that Cronkite first uttered his famous tagline, "And that's the way it is." See more
Himself - Anchor
[Cronkite's farewell newscast on March 6, 1981
This is my last broadcast as the anchorman for The CBS Evening News. For me, it's a moment for which I long have planned, but which, nevertheless, comes with some sadness. For almost 2 decades, after all, we've been meeting like this in the evenings, and I'll miss that. But those who have made anything of this departure, I'm afraid it made too much. This is but a transition, a passing of the baton. A great broadcaster and gentleman, Doug Edwards, ...