Rick Kaplan, the Executive Producer of Katie Couric’s Newscast, Has Already Announced That Tonight’s Newscast Will Be His Last With the Show. Guess Where He’s Going Next (Hint: Back to His Old Network)

May 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Rick Kaplan, whose last day as executive producer of the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" is tonight, Thursday, May 12, 2011, already has a new gig lined up, according to TVNewser.

Kaplan will be returning to ABC to lead its political coverage and also be the executive producer of “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” the article says.

The story notes that Kaplan and Amanpour worked together "in the late 1990s when Kaplan was president of CNN."

The article also notes that after Kaplan had worked years ago on Walter Cronkite’s evening newscast on CBS he "spent 18 years at ABC (1979-1997), first as senior producer of ‘World News Tonight,’ then EP of ‘Nightline’ from 1985-1989; creator and EP of ‘Primetime LIVE’ from 1989-1994 and finally EP of ‘World News Tonight with Peter Jennings’ from 1994-1996."

The story adds, "Kaplan will be based in New York and, like Amanpour, commute to Washington for Sunday’s shows. ‘This Week’ has been without an executive since Ian Cameron departed the show last Fall."

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