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Has CBS News Offered Katie's Job to Anderson Cooper?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2010 12:26PM
Anderson CooperBack a couple of years ago, when there seemed to be a new "Katie Couric is going to leave 'The CBS Evening News' soon" story every hour, one of the names mentioned as her replacement was CNN's Anderson Cooper. Now it looks like those rumors are back, and Cooper's name is being brought up again, only this time a little bit more seriously.

The New York Times is reporting that CBS execs have talked to Cooper about the anchor position. Cooper is already part of the CBS family, contributing to '60 Minutes,' so it's not something that is coming out of left field.

Cooper currently hosts his own show, Anderson Cooper 360' on CNN, but a network anchor job still has some cache in the industry, even if it seems people are getting their news in other ways. But hey, there are hundreds of cable news anchors and shows but only three network news shows, so it's a desirable thing. Though I wonder if Cooper would be able to anchor at CBS and still hope around the globe during a crisis as much as he can at CNN.

We haven't heard much "Katie replacement" talk lately. In fact, things have seemed to settle down in that area. The network was fully behind Couric and she settled into the anchor chair quite well (even if her ratings didn't take her out of third place - but who knows if anything or anyone can change viewing habits). One thing is for sure: if Cooper does get the job, he has to stop talking so fast.

Update: CNN says Cooper has never been in talks with CBS.

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Jan Crump

I don't watch Katie - can't stand her giggle everytime she misspronounces words or miss-speaks - BUT I'd definitely watch Anderson Cooper. He is very dignified and serious about whatever he is reporting and he'd top all the other available newspeople. Plus he's easy on the eyes!

March 03 2010 at 11:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

Clearly their goal is to skew even more into the estrogeny side of the news. Good move for that, not that Katie is all that masculine or anything. Just if you want wussy girlishness Andy C is your "man".

March 01 2010 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

Best Move Ever. (If CBS News actually has the guts to do it)

Instant credibility. Likeable. Real. Authentic. Gravitas.

Grey hair, yet young. Could really grow into the leader of CBS for the next 2 decades. I don't think Katie was ever really the leader like a Cronkite or a Brokaw or a Brinkley.

March 01 2010 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

He won't go - he gets to do his own thing on CNN, a news/commentary hybrid at times. And network TV, at least on the fringes of primetime is dying: Conan is an Internet star, but failed on broadcast. Jon Stewart has been offered late night network slots many times since he took over The Daily Show, but, like Cooper, he won't go due to the creative freedom and flexibility of cable.

March 01 2010 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tova

Anderson would be great and they would still send him out when something big happens. Katie could then be free to have her own talk show.

March 01 2010 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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