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Katie Couric Quits 'CBS Evening News' to Host Daytime Talk Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 4th 2011 7:45AM
Katie CouricRumors have been swirling for weeks about what Katie Couric will do when her CBS contract expires this summer. Now, The Associated Press reports that she is heading to fill the Oprah-sized hole in the daytime talk show lineup.

According to The AP, Couric will step down from her role as anchor of the 'CBS Evening News' after almost five years in the job. The AP says a network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Couric has not officially announced her plans, reported the move Sunday night.

No departure date has been set, but Couric's contract expires June 4th. She is now expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012, and several companies -- including CBS -- are reportedly vying for her services.

The New York Post reports that CBS offered Couric a new package including both a daytime talk show and a prestigious regular slot on Sunday night news magazine, '60 Minutes.' Although Couric's current contract stipulates that she contribute to '60 Minutes' at least six times a year, she's never received any assignments from the producers.

Until recently, Couric was expected to stay on as anchor of the 'CBS Evening News' through the 2012 presidential elections. However, according to the 'Post,' the appointment in February of '60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager as CBS News Chairman, effectively ended any plans Couric had of extending her stay as nightly anchor.

Couric became the first woman to helm a nightly news broadcast when she took over from Dan Rather in 2006. Her move from NBC's 'Today' show made headlines but, after a strong start, using a new format, ratings began to fall and the broadcast quickly reverted to a more traditional style.

The 'CBS Evening News' settled into third place in the ratings and remains well behind Brian Williams at NBC's 'Nightly News' and Diane Sawyer at ABC's 'World News.' Insiders say that Couric's $15 million salary has become increasingly hard to justify for a third-place broadcast.

Rome Hartman, Couric's first executive producer at the 'CBS Evening News,' told The AP that, while Couric's tenure clearly didn't work out as well as CBS hoped, "I don't think it's right to think of it as, or call it, a failure. ... There are people who love Katie and those who don't love her and that was a factor," he said. "But it was the overall dynamics. There was a rock that we couldn't move and I don't think it would have mattered who we would have put in there."

No replacement for Couric has yet been announced, but names linked with the role include Harry Smith, Scott Pelley and Russ Mitchell. Jeff Fager is also said to be looking for candidates outside of CBS. If Couric signs a talk show syndication deal with CBS it's possible that she could continue as evening news anchor on a temporary basis past June, if she were to agree to stay on during an extended search for her successor.

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Sandi Hardin

I would rather it be someone else than Katie, she was there, she did her thing, she left...I hate to see it change, but the ones on Today show work together really good...and Ann Curry does a great job, so real down to earth....Should not go backwards in time need to go forward....Let Katie go where ever else she wants but you don't make a good show by going backwards...after all look at all the talk show hosts who just keep coming back and can't make it....Stick with some of the ones already on Today Show.

May 06 2011 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charlotte

I think it would be great......I like Katie and having Matt back with her would be like the early mornings on NBC. My gosh give people a chance before judgement. I do not care to see Anderson Cooper taking over CBS evening news.. They should have kept John Roberts to begin with, but NO CBS wanted to make a change and it bit those idiots in the butt!!

April 11 2011 at 4:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ohshush

She is a radical Left WInger and takes pride in showing it off every word she utters.
THAT IS DIRECT DISRESPECT TO ANYONE NOT on that fringe Left.
WHY would Political CENTER,,, CENTER RIGHT or Conservative continue to watch?
That's 3/4's of of her viewers right there. It doesn't take a scientist to figure where she went wrong.

April 10 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
hey ronnie

katie is bland and boring...i would never watch a daily show with her souless interviews

April 07 2011 at 5:34 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dorite54

I look forward to seeing Couric on her new show. She did a great job doing her news cast and I will miss her honest reporting of the news. She was great on interviews; she was able to ask the right questions in a responsible manor and always allowed enough time for those being interviewed to answer the questions being asked. She was always fair and was not atoned to taking one side of an interview. Couric has shown she is a success in anything that she chose to accomplish. CBS has made a fine choice in choosing Couric. Good luck and success!

April 06 2011 at 9:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Vic or Gen

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April 06 2011 at 4:34 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
cpshell

Get a LIFE. lets get scott on the field to throw the longball for CBS. If he cannot do it I will.

April 06 2011 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Henry

Good riddance to Katie Couric.......never should have hired in the first place.

April 06 2011 at 10:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
flyfshr29

This could be a good thing for CBS if they hire someone more balanced. Couric is so far left she never had any credibility.

April 05 2011 at 11:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Sam & Gina!

She can't leave fast enough for me!

April 05 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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