Couric’s Producer–Whose Career Spans Back to Walter Cronkite–Announces He’s Leaving ‘CBS Evening News’ This Week

May 11, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The producer behind Katie Couric’s newscast at CBS said Tuesday that he’s departing the network, two weeks after Couric confirmed she would be exiting the "CBS Evening News,’ reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.

Rick Kaplan returned to CBS four years ago to produce the newscast, after his first stint at the network in the 1970s, when Walter Cronkite was the anchor of the program. Kaplan worked at ABC News in the 1980s and 1990s and served as the president of CNN/U.S. from 1997 to 2000 and in the same role at MSNBC from 2004 to 2006.

It’s unclear whether Kaplan, whose last day will be Thursday, has another job lined up. It’s also unknown which day will be Couric’s last on the "Evening News," although her successor, Scott Pelley, is slated to start as anchor on June 6.


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