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Katie Couric will probably leave CBS early (maybe, possibly, maybe not)

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2008 10:39AM

Katie CouricThis is approximately the 57th "Katie Couric is doing badly in the ratings and will probably will fired or quit her job at CBS" story that has surfaced in the past year, but since it's The Wall Street Journal, perhaps he has a little more gravitas to it?


The newspaper is reporting that "CBS executives" and "people close to Couric" say that she will probably leave her job as anchor of The CBS Evening News well before her contract is up in 2011. She might even leave in early 2009, right after the current Presidential election is over.

Now, I'm curious as to who these "people close to Couric" are, because if they're giving The Wall Street Journal quotes about her leaving the newscast, they must be awfully close, like a sibling or a favorite uncle. And as for the talk of Couric taking over for Larry King Live over at CNN when he finally retires, that smells of guesswork. Sure, it could happen, but it sounds more like "that's a natural next step for Couric" talk and not some sort of inside information that someone at CBS or CNN has spilled. I think you and I could have come up with this option a few months ago before the WSJ did. I can picture Couric in that role I guess, though it would be a shame in a way if she left her job at CBS for ratings reasons. I mean, is it really her fault or just the nature of the network news biz and CBS's constant third place rank with the show?

For the record, both CBS and Couric released statements, and while they don't outright deny the story is false they also say that they are each happy with what is happening with the newscast and that she plans to stay.

[via Yahoo! News]

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She will always have a job working for Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter. Possibly a new Republican Sec. of State under the Bush Administration. She couldn't do any worse of a job than the present one. Maybe Attorney General. He's had mostly losers over the years. He needs a pretty face.

April 10 2008 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So the WSJ is now the Enquirer with its speculative stories and sources close to the subject of those stories?!?! Geez, whatever happened to real journalism? Or maybe this is for another episode of Ashton Kutcher's POP FICTION! It's been proven that print and electronic journalists don't seem to bother checking facts anymore before running with a story, so it becomes increasingly difficult to believe anything you read in the papers or see on the news these days. So I say until it happens, this story is a work of fiction and the WSJ should be ashamed of printing something that cannot be verified at this time.

April 10 2008 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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