After six months continuing using Walter Cronkite's voice post his death, CBS makes the change with the Academy Awards-winning actor's help.
From the voice of God in "Evan Almighty", Morgan Freeman becomes the voice of "CBS Evening News". He is the replacement of Walter Cronkite who provided an introduction to the network's show for 19 years and died in July last year. Freeman will now introduce Katie Couric at the start of every news broadcast.
CBS initially planned to replace Cronkite's voice-over when he died but that never went on. "We knew that, at some point, it would be time to transition," executive producer of the program, Rick Kaplan, told New York Times. "The time was right."
This isn't the first time Freeman is featured as a voice for TV purpose. His vocal had appeared in many commercials as well as documentaries such as "March of the Penguins". In fact, actors providing voice for news programs is not rare. Michael Douglas, for one, assisted "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams".