The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson reports today that if “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric does make a play for her own syndicated show, she has already lined up a backer: Jeff Zucker, whose last day at NBC Universal is today.
“Whatever you want to say about Jeff, he’s a really talented, creative guy,” one source noted. “They’ve made magic before, there’s no reason they couldn’t do it again.”
The two have a long working relationship that began at NBC’s “The Today Show…”
The two have been putting their heads together to create a new show format that could potentially replace the recently ended program of reigning talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, sources tell The Post.
Couric’s existing contract with CBS ends in may.
A spokesman for Couric tells TVNewser that “Katie is happy with her team at CBS News and is proud of their award-winning work. While the speculation is flattering, Katie hasn’t made any decision about her future.”