TMZ.com is claiming it knows who will replace Katie Couric as anchor of the "CBS Evening News."
According to a story at TMZ.com, "CBS network sources tell TMZ Katie Couric’s replacement for the ‘CBS Evening News’ will be Scott Pelley."
The TMZ story adds, "We’re told Pelley, 53, is the choice for two reasons. First, he’s well-liked and respected by his bosses, and second … there really is no second choice who is appealing to the CBS honchos. We’ve heard rumblings CBS’s grand poobah Les Moonves is not sold on Pelley, but he will defer to [CBS News Chairman] Jeff Fager."
Pelley is a correspondent on "60 Minutes."
The story does not have a comment from CBS News, Fager, Pelley or Couric.
Reportedly Couric’s current contract ends in June.
Separately, it’s been widely reported that Couric may be interested in doing a syndicated daytime talk show once she leaves the anchor desk. In a controversial piece, TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross says that a daytime talk show is exactly what Couric should NOT do.