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Katie Couric Likely to Leave CBS Evening News

April 12, 2008 12:35 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Reports indicate that Katie Couric will leave her anchor position on the "CBS Evening News" as early as January 2009.

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Katie Couric, the former co-anchor of NBC’s “Today Show” who was hired as the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” in 2006, is reported to be leaving the position ahead of her contract’s expiration in 2011. CBS executives and sources close to Couric have speculated that the departure could follow the presidential inauguration next January. CBS News is officially denying that Couric will be departing early.

Taking over from Dan Rather in 2006, Couric attempted to change the face of evening news. Believing that Couric’s “approachable” style would translate from her long tenure on the “Today Show,” CBS executive Leslie Moonves banked on Couric to pull the ratings for the “CBS Evening News” closer to its rivals at NBC and ABC. But after initial curiosity in the program, the ratings took a “free fall,” reported New York Magazine last year.

Abandoning the new format of lengthy interviews and fireside discussions in March of 2007, CBS hired Rick Kaplan, the former president of MSNBC, as executive producer to return the show to a more traditional news program. But the ratings have continued to suffer, and Couric also received mixed reviews for her stint on 60 Minutes. Most notably, her interview of John and Elizabeth Edwards was widely criticized for its approach and question choices.

A February meeting with Couric, the chairman and president of CBS, and Couric’s agent, concerned future plans for Couric, the New York Times reported today. But those in the meeting deny that her early exit was a topic.

Headline Links: Closed meetings, speculations, denials

Background Links: Couric shifts from morning to evening

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