Anchor's away! Katie Couric today confirmed what has been called “one of the worst kept secrets in television”—that she’s leaving her anchor seat at the “CBS Evening News.”
Couric made the news official in an exclusive interview with People magazine. “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric is quoted on the magazine's website. “I’m really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we’ve been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I’ve done for 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning. In making the decision to move on, I know the Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future.”
Couric’s contract expires on June 4, and CBS supposedly wants a month for a transition. Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" is a leading candidate to replace Couric, and CBS is currently interviewing candidates for executive producer of his newscast, according to reports.
As for Couric herself, the anchor was unclear as to what her next step might be. She had been paid a reported $15 million a year at CBS but ultimately failed to bolster the network's ratings. She has been widely rumored to be contemplating a syndicated daytime show expected to debut in 2012.
“I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling,” she tells People. Other details, including when and where the show will air, are “still being discussed.”