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Former CBS News Correspondent Robert Pierpoint Dies, Aged 86

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 24th 2011 6:25AM
Robert PierpointIt's been announced that Emmy-winning news correspondent Robert Pierpoint has died, aged 86. His daughter Marta Pierpoint told the Associated Press that he died Saturday, of complications arising from hip surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

In a career spanning more than four decades Pierpoint covered six presidents, the Korean War, the Kennedy assassination, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis. He entered the CBS news room in 1949 as it was shifting from radio to TV under Ed Murrow, and he made his name covering the Korean War.

Pierpoint covered the Korean War from start to finish, and although he reported mostly on radio, his reports focusing on individual soldiers and civilians caught up in the conflict were featured in the landmark CBS 'See it Now' broadcasts including the premiere in November 1951 and 'Christmas in Korea' in December 1953.

His contribution was later honored in the 'M*A*S*H' series finale in 1983 when, in a case of art imitating life, it is Pierpoint's voice heard on the radio announcing the end of the Korean War.

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Katie Couric Close to Signing ABC Talk Show Deal

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 20th 2011 9:30AM
Katie CouricEver since Katie Couric announced she was stepping down from 'The CBS Evening News' there's been constant speculation as to what she'll do next.

The most persistent rumor has linked her with ABC and that network's plans to fill the Oprah-sized hole in their daytime lineup. Now, it seems as though Couric will indeed be getting her own daytime talk show.

Even though she signed off from 'Evening News' last night, Couric's still under contract with CBS until June 6, so no official announcement about her future is expected for another few days. However, 'The Los Angeles Times' says she's close to signing a deal to launch a new ABC syndicated talk show in the fall of 2012. And, that it may reunite Couric with her former 'Today' colleague, Matt Lauer.

The 'Times' says that while much of the deal has been has been hammered out, there are still outstanding "issues" surrounding compensation. Couric landed a record-breaking $15-million payday when she signed with CBS.

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Katie Couric Bids Farewell to The CBS Evening News (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted May 20th 2011 5:10AM
Katie CouricAs rumors continue to swirl about what she'll do next, Katie Couric has signed off for the last time from the CBS Evening News.

Her departure Thursday night came after almost five years after she became the first woman to anchor a nightly news broadcast.

E!Online.com reports that Couric bid farewell following a montage featuring some of her most memorable moments, including interviews with President Barack Obama, Valerie Plame, Alex Rodriguez and Clint Eastwood, trips to the Middle East and Africa, and coverage of the Royal Wedding and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

"To all of you watching, thank you so much for coming along with me on this incredible journey," Couric said. "That's the CBS Evening News for tonight. I'm Katie Couric. Good night."

The 54-year-old reporter, who joined CBS in 2006, says of her next move, "I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling ... I have a lot of areas of interest and I want to be able to fulfill all of that."

See her final sign off after the jump.

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No Katie Couric Talk Show for CBS

by Chris Harnick, posted May 4th 2011 4:00PM
Katie CouricKatie Couric won't be staying in business with CBS after all. According to TV Guide, CBS no longer has a syndicated talk show offer on the table with the outgoing 'CBS Evening News' anchor.

Couric reportedly was in talks with the network for the daytime series, but negotiations broke down regarding how big a role she'd have at CBS News.

CBS's plan had Couric maintaining a presence at '60 Minutes' and 'CBS Sunday Morning.' However, Couric was offered a deal at ABC that gave her a wider role on the network, including the 2012 presidential election coverage and prime-time specials.

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Scott Pelley to Replace Katie Couric on 'CBS Evening News'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 3rd 2011 10:38AM
Scott PelleyAfter weeks of speculation, CBS announced today that Scott Pelley will replace Katie Couric as anchor of 'CBS Evening News.'

Pelley, a 22-year veteran of CBS news, was the front-runner for the job and will lead his first newscast as anchor and managing editor on June 6.

The award-winning journalist has reported for '60 Minutes' since 2004 and worked as the network's chief White House correspondent. In recent years, he's covered everything from the tsunami in Japan to the recession in the U.S., and interviewed people like President George Bush, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

"I am delighted to join the terrific team at the 'CBS Evening News,'" Pelley said in a statement. "It's a privilege to work alongside the most gifted and talented journalists in the industry."

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Katie Couric Officially Leaving 'CBS Evening News'

by PopEater Staff, posted Apr 26th 2011 3:45PM
Katie Couric Announces Departure from 'CBS Evening News' Katie Couric has made it official: She'll sign off for good from her position at 'CBS Evening News' in the coming months.

While there have been rumors for weeks regarding a potential career change for Couric, the anchor hadn't officially announced anything until today, when she confirmed the news to PEOPLE.

"I have decided to step down from the 'CBS Evening News,'" Couric announced. "I'm really proud of the talented team on the 'CBS Evening News' and the award-winning work we've been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I've done for '60 Minutes' and 'CBS Sunday Morning.' In making the decision to move on, I know the 'Evening News' will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future."

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Katie Couric Heading to ABC?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 26th 2011 1:30PM
Katie CouricKatie Couric's departure from 'CBS Evening News' is expected within a week, but what will she do after she leaves the news desk? According to TV Guide Magazine, ABC is pushing to land the ex-'Today' show anchor.

While there's still an offer for Couric to remain at CBS with a spot on '60 Minutes' and a talk show, insiders told the magazine ABC is offering Couric lots of exposure on their network. ABC wants her talk show and has reportedly offered Couric a role in the news coverage of the 2012 presidential election and primetime specials.

Couric's talks with CBS have been ongoing, but as they grow longer its looking like a deal won't be made. '60 Minutes' correspondent Scott Pelley will replace Couric on 'CBS Evening News,' where she has been the anchor since 2006. The move will be officially announced after the CBS Royal Wedding coverage later this week.

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CBS to Announce Katie Couric's Departure, Scott Pelley's Promotion After Royal Wedding

by PopEater Staff, posted Apr 25th 2011 12:45PM
According to a report in the The New York Times, CBS finally has a plan in place to say farewell to Katie Couric at 'CBS Evening News.' Sources familiar with the exit strategy told the Times that a major announcement will be made when Couric returns from covering the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

What will they say? According to four insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity, CBS will announce in early May that her successor at the 'Evening News' will be '60 Minutes' correspondent Scott Pelley.

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Katie Couric Awkwardly Deflects Questions About Her Future Plans on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 12th 2011 3:15PM
Barbara Walters and Katie Couric on 'The View'There has been frequent speculation lately that Katie Couric will be leaving 'CBS Evening News' for another show, perhaps even for her old gig on 'Today.' Couric dodged most of Barbara Walters' pointed questions today on 'The View' about her job status, saying there has been no announcement and her plans, whatever they may be, are not public.

"Will you finally confirm that you're leaving already?" Walters said.

"I don't think it's my place to do that," said Couric. "I haven't made a decision. I'm in the middle of discussions." Couric would say only that she is exploring different opportunities and "figuring things out," while still enjoying her job at CBS. Walters asked if anyone could have saved the 'Evening News,' a question which made Couric bristle a bit, insisting she was proud of the work, valuing quality over ratings.

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Katie Couric, Matt Lauer to Reunite on 'Today'

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 11th 2011 11:30AM
Katie Couric, Matt LauerKatie Couric and Matt Lauer will reunite when the 'CBS Evening News' anchor drops by her old stomping grounds at the 'Today' show to promote her new book on Wednesday morning.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Couric will chat with Lauer about her book, 'The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives,' which comes out tomorrow.

Beyond their mini-reunion Wednesday, Couric and Lauer could form a long-lasting partnership again. The New York Times is reporting that Couric could recruit Lauer for the syndicated talk show she'll almost certainly start up after she leaves her current anchor post when her contract expires in a few months.

A rep for NBC's 'Today' told AOL TV, "There have been a lot of rumors and speculation circulating through the press, and we'd prefer not to comment on any of it. Matt Lauer is under contract with NBC News for a long time."

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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.

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Letterman Tries to Convince Katie Couric She Shouldn't Leave CBS (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 23rd 2011 2:40AM
Katie Couric, 'Late Show with David Letterman'With Katie Couric's contract up soon, there is speculation that she might be looking to leave her gig as anchor of 'CBS Evening News.' David Letterman decided to get to the bottom of it when he had her on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), but Couric played it coy.

"I'm figuring out what I want to do and I'm just sort of in the process of, you know, figuring out the future," she said. She made it clear, though, that she has no contractual ties to CBS after this summer and could move on if she chose to.

So Letterman tried another tactic, by letting her know that the evening news anchor position isn't something you walk away from. He listed many of the greats that have come before her like Brokaw, Cronkite and Jennings.

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Katie Couric Investigates The Sillies (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Mar 8th 2011 6:30PM
'CBS Evening News' anchor Katie Couric has held some big feet to the fire during her career, like Sarah Palin and George Bush. Now she's gunning for some small feet -- preschoolers.

In a video for Funny or Die, Couric investigates the Sillies, a condition that affects millions of children every day. To cure these episodes, parents and teachers usually have the infected children jump around, shake their arm, kick their feet, etc. However, with her bulldog instinct, Couric digs into whether the Sillies are real thing or just a ploy by the young to misbehave.

While the veteran newscaster is known for her composure and playfulness alike, few have seen Couric do something this goofy. She proves her sense of humor and willingness to poke fun at herself, since the video essentially spoofs her career. The expressions alone she gives while interviewing the children make this a viral must-see.

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New TV on DVD Releases for May 4

by Elizabeth Chan, posted May 3rd 2010 6:09PM
In curating today's New TV on DVD, this week is definitely one for the comic fans. New DVDs are out for classic Iron Man, Super Hero Squad, Voltron, Wolverine & The X-Men -- just in time for fans to bring to Comic Con for autographs.

However, for those unaffected by animation, don't forget what happens if you take the good and take the bad this week -- you get the complete 4th season of 'The Facts of Life.' Another 80's classic coming out on DVD this week is the complete series of 'Kate & Allie.'

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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.

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