Despite Speculation, Katie Couric May Stay at CBS News — Albeit With a Pay Cut

Oct 27, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Even though Katie Couric’s future at CBS News was the focus of recent speculation given comments by CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves ("the Katie Couric deal will be the last deal of that kind ever done"), it’s likely that Couric will sign a new deal at the network, reports Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast. 

A new deal may sign her at least through the 2012 elections, the story says. But Couric reportedly "is said to understand that her stratospheric salary would have to come down to earth," Kurtz writes.

CBS, meanwhile, doesn’t have a succession plan if Couric leaves, so that makes it likely that the network and Couric won’t part ways, the story adds. "She is, of course, weighing other feelers and offers. Couric could start a syndicated daytime show, or start her own production company," the article says. But "Couric claims to be too busy with the campaign to focus on What Comes Next."


  1. Wow, now that’s unbelievable! Staying with Katie, no matter what the savings, makes NO sense. By doing this CBS is relegating itself to #3 or lower in the Evening News ratings, as well as probably deep-sixing their election ever coverage as well. All this will go over like an ice storm hitting a tower farm with the affiliates!

  2. Why so bitter, Tom? If only we could understand your ice storm jokes; I’m sure they’re just unbelievably hilarious.
    The fact is, Katie is still one of the most powerful women in news and on television in general.
    Remember that third place = 6 million viewers = not so shabby. I think it’s a smart move for CBS to keep her. Why potentially throw away 6 million viewers to put someone new in the anchor chair? It’s a gamble that’s probably not worth taking. Unless Conan is available — then I’m sure they’d be able to get 2 or 3 million viewers for a few months until they bring Couric back.

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