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Couric’s Contract Is Not Being Renewed

From a disconsolate Associated Press:

AP source: Couric leaving news anchor post

By David Bauder, AP Television Writer
April 4, 2011

NEW YORK – 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 Associated Press on Sunday night. 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. She tried to incorporate her strengths as an interviewer into a standard evening news format and millions of people who normally didn’t watch the news at night checked it out. But they drifted away and the evening newscast reverted to a more traditional broadcast.

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…

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

If they could just wait another year, they might be able to get someone with a lot of experience reading from a teleprompter.

Despite the ratings problems, the "CBS Evening News" won the Edward R. Murrow Award as best newscast in 2008 and 2009

Couric’s interview with then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2008 was a memorable moment in the campaign after Palin couldn’t or wouldn’t answer Couric’s question about books or magazines she regularly read.

This, of course, is simply a lie. Which tells you all you need to know about the state of ‘print journalism’ in this day and age.

Even with those high points, broadcast news economics had changed markedly since she signed on with CBS and her reported $15 million a year salary became increasingly hard to justify for a third-place telecast…

Apparently, $15 million just doesn’t buy you much in the way of "high points."

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 4th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Couric’s Contract Is Not Being Renewed”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “If they could just wait another year, they might be able to get someone with a lot of experience reading from a teleprompter.”


    Barry wouldn’t be any good at this since he couldn’t insert “I” into every sentence.

    Does anybody under the age of sixty even watch the big three’s new programs anymore?

  2. bobdog says:

    I understand that Keith Olberman just might be willing to be available for the anchor position.

    • JohnMG says:

      Haven’t seen ol’ Keith much lately, have we? Well, now the secret is out. Most of Katie’s stuff has been pre-taped while she’s been having “that” operation. You now know why Obama sends a tingle up Keith’s leg.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Rumor Central has it that while Katie turned them down, Keith Olberman has accepted an anchor position here – http://www.nakednews.com/

  4. BigOil says:

    The audience for network news is dying – literally. Apparently even perky propaganda cannot reverse the trend.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    I see Katie has done for the CBS evening news exactly what she did for The Today show – should be interesting to see if she could manage to kill 60 minutes. However, if I were her, I’d look for something at ABC – so that I could claim the trifecta of alphabet network destruction – Of course The Won should put her into the one area where total destruction and meaninglessness is most important – as that seems to be her specialty.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    What’s she doing in that picture?
    Practicing her bumps and grinds for her new job as a
    pole dancer at Filthy MacNastys’?

  7. Mithrandir says:

    Keith Olberman: FAIL
    Katie Curic: FAIL
    Rachel Maddow: FAIL
    Chris Matthews: FAIL
    Air-America: FAIL
    CBS News: FAIL
    Dan Rather: FAIL

    Don’t worry, the Rock-Star treatment of the media will continue, history will slowly be re-written, the cheerleading will go on, the awards will pour from the sky like rain no matter what.

    Failing in Liberalville doesn’t mean anything.
    Look at all the liberals who get awards? Gay people, Saturday Night Live, failure shows, liberal David Letterman, liberal John Stewart, liberal Ellen Degeneres…..blech!

  8. Rip Cord says:

    Looks like to ME, that she’s doing the Diarrhea Dance……………I’m just sayin………………

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