On April 16, 1962, Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News (initially Walter Cronkite with the News). The program expanded from 15 to 30 minutes on September 2, 1963.
One of Cronkite's trademarks was ending the CBS Evening News with the phrase "...And that's the way it is," followed by the date. Keeping to standards of objective journalism, he omitted this phrase on nights when he ended the newscast with opinion or commentary.
Cronkite retired from the broadcast March 6, 1981, nine months before his 65th birthday, under a CBS policy at the time requiring mandatory retirement at 65. CBS correspondent Dan Rather replaced Cronkite the following Monday.