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On September 2, 1963, CBS News debuted its newest original version of the weekday morning program: "CBS Morning News" as a half-hour program, with anchor Mike Wallace. In August 1965, the program was moved to 7:05 a.m. eastern time. In late 1968, Joseph Benti took over as anchor (until August 28, 1970), and became the first regularly scheduled weekday morning newscast on network television on March 31, 1969, also featured John Hart reading the news from Washington, D.C. and CBS News Moscow correspondent Hughes Rudd as an occasional contributor. On August 31, 1970, Hart became main anchor in New York City, Bernard Kalb assumed the Washington anchor desk (until 1972), and by Nelson Benton for a year afterwards. On August 6, 1973, Rudd was teamed up with Sally Quinn as main anchors (until Quinn left on February 1, 1974), Bruce Morton, later took over the Washington desk (where he would remain until 1977). In 1977, Lesley Stahl and Richard Threlkeld took over the anchor desk, while Bruce Morton and Hughes Rudd returned to provide feature reports and commentary. On January 29, 1979, the program was revamped as "Morning", and Bob Schieffer was the host, and then Charles Kuralt took over the daily broadcasts as well starting on October 27, 1980. On September 28, 1981, the program was dropped the days of the week from its title, was extended to 90-minutes, and added Diane Sawyer as co-anchor. On January 18, 1982, the title of the program reassumed as "CBS Morning News". In March 1982, Bill Kurtis replaced Charles Kuralt as co-host. In Fall 1982, the new team of Kurtis & Sawyer were anchoring three hours of the weekday morning news program. In Fall 1984, Diane Sawyer left and CBS News correspodents Jane Wallace and Meredith Vieira briefly as interm co-hosts, and then later that year, former Miss America Phyllis George took the permanent spot. On August 30, 1985, Maria Shriver & Forrest Sawyer was named co-hosts. The program ended on January 9, 1987.