Less than five years after she became the first sole woman to anchor a network evening newscast, Katie Couric is leaving her job at "CBS Evening News," reports the Associated Press.
Couric is expected to debut a syndicated talk show in 2012, with several companies trying to secure her for the project, the story says. The article notes that there isn’t a departure date for Couric, although her contract expires June 4. Nevertheless, the network is discussing her potential replacement, with names from within CBS including Harry Smith, Russ Mitchell and Scott Pelley, the piece notes.
CBS News is likely to also look outside the network for potential replacements, the article adds.
If Couric signs on with CBS for the syndicated show, it’s possible that she could continue as an evening news anchor on a temporary basis past June while CBS searches for a replacement, the story points out.
Other companies seeking to secure her for the syndicated show include NBC, her former home while she worked on "Today," and Telepictures, which is the producer of "Ellen" and a new program from Anderson Cooper, slated for a fall debut, the article says.