Morgan Freeman Lends Voice to CBS

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, seen here in the audience for a Cinema Society screening of "Married Life" at the Tribeca Cinemas, Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in New York, was seriously injured in a car crash in Tallahatchie County, Miss., late in the evening of Aug. 3, 2008. (Photo: AP) AP

Nearly six months after his death, Walter Cronkite's voice is leaving the "CBS Evening News."

The CBS News legend recorded a voiceover introducing current anchor Katie Couric when she started on the job in 2006. CBS kept Cronkite's voice on the broadcast even after he died in July.

Listen to Freeman announcing the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

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With a new year, CBS replaced Cronkite's voice Monday with that of actor Morgan Freeman.

CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus says that Cronkite's voice was comforting but that it's time to move forward.

Freeman offers CBS the flexibility to record different introductions for different programs.
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