Katie Couric will be leaving 'CBS Evening News'
From the AP:
Katie Couric is leaving her anchor post at CBS Evening News less than five years after becoming the first woman to solely helm a network TV evening newscast.
A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Couric has not officially announced her plans, reported the move to The AP. The 54-year-old anchor is expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012 and several companies are vying for her services.
Couric's move from NBC's Today show was big news in 2006, and she began in the anchor chair with a flourish that September. After those first few weeks, the CBS Evening News settled into third place in the ratings and is well behind leader Brian Williams at NBC's Nightly News and second-place Diane Sawyer at ABC's World News.
No departure date has been set for Couric. Her CBS News contract expires on June 4.
"We're having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric," CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair said. "We have no announcements to make at this time. Until we do, we will continue to decline comment on rumor or speculation." Matthew Hiltzik, Couric's spokesman added: "Ditto."
Still, discussions are already under way about who will replace Couric on the evening newscast. Russ Mitchell, Scott Pelley and Harry Smith are among the internal CBS candidates, and new CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager is also expected to look outside the company. May we suggest keeping Russell Brand off that short list? He's popping up everywhere else.