Katie Couric confirms she leaving "CBS Evening News"

Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:02pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Katie Couric said on Tuesday she is stepping down, as expected, as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," five years after her much-hyped appointment as the first woman to single-handedly host a nightly newscast on a major U.S. television network.

Couric, 54, who moved to CBS News in 2006 after 15 years as co-host of NBC's top-rated morning show, "Today," did not make clear whether she was leaving CBS altogether or when her departure would become effective.

Couric also has been a contributor to the signature CBS weekly news magazine show "60 Minutes" and the "CBS Sunday Morning" broadcast.

The network itself shed little additional light in a brief statement saying, "There's a lot to be proud of during Katie Couric's time at the 'CBS Evening News. CBS News, like Katie herself, is looking forward to the next chapter."

Her five-year contract with the network -- at a salary reported worth $15 million a year -- ends in June, and Couric's career future has been the subject of media reports for weeks.

One source who knew of her plans told Reuters earlier this month that a possible daytime talk show was among several options she was considering.

In an exclusive statement given to People magazine, Couric said she was "looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling."

Details of when and where such a show would air had yet to be determined, she said. The New York Times and Los Angeles Times have reported that she has been consulting with Jeff Zucker, her onetime "Today" show producer and former head of NBCUniversal, about her hosting a syndicated show.   Continued...

<p>CBS news anchor Katie Couric poses at the "Stand Up To Cancer" television event, aimed at raising funds to accelerate innovative cancer research, at the Sony Studios Lot in Culver City, California September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>