Couric Mum While She Mulls

Dec 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Despite widespread anticipation, “Today” show co-anchor Katie Couric did not say during a press conference last week whether she will leave NBC to become anchor of “The CBS Evening News,” leaving one-third of the historic changeover in the Big 3 network newscasts up in the air.

“There is nothing to announce and nothing to report,” Ms. Couric said during a conference call to mark “Today’s” streak of 520 consecutive weeks at the top of the breakfast newscast ratings.

“While I appreciate the interest-kind of-I just thought I’d say off the bat my contract ends in May and I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do, and I’m fortunate to have a couple of opportunities that I’m thinking long and hard about,” she said. “But in terms of any imminent announcements, there won’t be one.”

She declined to answer questions on the subject of her future.

Earlier in the week a CBS News executive outside the decision-making process (which includes CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves and new CBS News President Sean McManus) thought that the powers that be seemed “very confident” about landing Ms. Couric as a permanent replacement for Dan Rather.