NEW YORK - CBS News announced Wednesday, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley will become a full-time correspondent for 60 Minutes.

The news network says Pelley has been both a correspondent for 60 Minutes and the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News.

Anthony Mason will serve as the interim anchor of the CBS Evening News in the coming weeks. Mason will continue to co-anchor CBS This Morning: Saturday.

"Scott brought the best values of 60 Minutes to the CBS Evening News and we thank him for his commitment to the journalism of this broadcast every night these past six years,” said David Rhodes, President of CBS News. 

Pelley took the helm of the CBS Evening News on June 6, 2011. 

CBS News says Pelley thanked his colleagues for six successful years with the broadcast. 

“I find my heart filled with gratitude for the opportunity to know you, humility, in light of your sacrifices, and hope for the future of journalism because of the standards you live by,” Pelley said. 

“CBS has been great to me for nearly 30 years. I’m glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude.”

CBS News says the broadcast grew its audience in each of the first five seasons, the longest run of growth for any network evening news broadcast in the history of the modern ratings system.