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Katie Couric Expected to Sign ABC Talk Show Deal Monday

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 6th 2011 7:00AM
Katie CouricKatie Couric's contract with CBS expires today, and she's widely expected to announce that she's signing a deal with ABC to host a syndicated daytime talk show.

'The New York Times' reports that both NBC and CBS held unsuccessful talks with Couric, who remains a hot property despite disappointing ratings during her tenure at 'The CBS Evening News.'

Rumors that she was close to a deal with ABC have been swirling for weeks, and according to the 'Times' the clincher was when ABC President Anne Sweeney sweetened the deal with the promise of a role in the news division.

For her part, Couric says she is happy with the end result of the protracted negotiations: "It is very gratifying that so many people were willing to meet with me and were interested," she said. "It made me think maybe a show like this could do reasonably well. We'll see."

Talks with rival networks apparently stalled for a variety of reasons. NBC execs were reportedly okay with Couric's choice of producing partner -- ousted NBC chief Jeff Zucker -- but did think that her camp was making "excessive demands," including an insistence that NBC stations agree to air an hour-long Couric show at 4PM, which is prime real estate in daytime.

Plus, the 'Times' reports that NBC executives had never made an offer to Ms. Couric (a point her side acknowledged) and emphasized privately that their internal research showed her to be too unpopular with viewers. Meanwhile, for their part, Couric's team felt that NBC had too little experience in the syndication business.

The CBS talks apparently ran aground because the network wanted Couric to focus on the syndicated show, not an ongoing role in the news division. Earlier reports said that CBS was offering Couric a new package including both a daytime talk show and a prestigious regular slot on Sunday night news magazine, '60 Minutes' -- said to be one of her longterm ambitions -- but that opportunity would have ended once the daytime show started.

After conducting extensive market research of their own, Couric and her team have settled on a simple formula for success for her new show, which is due to launch in 2012: If the show is good, people will watch it.

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lbc1124

will not watch her show if it replaces General Hospital

June 06 2011 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iirenee13

no I will not watch her shows, I do not like the way she treats people she interviews,

June 06 2011 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jderight

No Way. She is the worst nightly news commentator of all time!!

June 06 2011 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kengraysr

Of course I will watch her she has a great personality .

June 06 2011 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emma J Ramos DMD

I could not watch this woman because she kept her head tilted towards her hanging hair shaft covering her right eye. It made her look like she was uncertain of whatever she was talking about. Just like Martha Stewart and Christy Ally ( she tags at her hair 30 times a minute).. Very annoying. Spray that F-ing hair a ton so she does bother with it. Some TV people have to shake their head to keep hair off their face - makes them look like they have Toret's syndrome or do they?

June 06 2011 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Anne

No Way

June 06 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill and Nancy

No body likes Katie. Why watch her??

June 06 2011 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
warparty438

I probally wont watch her

June 06 2011 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joanie

Sorry, but I will not miss Katie Couric and seriously doubt that I will watch her new gig. I did not watch her on CBS news. I enjoyed her when she was part of the Today show. The Today show is going through more changesl I do like Ann Curry a lot and think she will do a great job. She should have had the job instead of Meridith Viera (who I also like) but felt that Ann deserved the position.....like getting passed over for a promotion for an outsider. I think Diane Sawyer is another example of a good news correspondent. So....Katie is going, going, gone. Meridith is leaving, Oprah is leaving. Matt is leaving?? not sure. Who next in the soap opera of daily new/talk shows?

June 06 2011 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Rosemary

will never , ever watch the phoney reporter. Diane, Ann, and any of the others have her, way out in left field.

June 06 2011 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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