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Katie Couric in Talks to Co-Host Today (New York Post)
Katie Couric is in preliminary talks to head back to NBC’s Today — at least on a temporary basis. Couric is a contender to sit in and co-host the No. 2 morning show while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave, sources say. TVNewser “With the Today show in a good place, we are blessed with great talent and many options to temporarily fill Savannah’s chair while she’s on leave, but there’s no plan yet,” an NBC spokeswoman said. In March, Couric recounted the last time she filled in on the Today show for a pregnant co-anchor. It was early 1991 when Deborah Norville, who’d been co-host of Today for 14 months, gave birth. Couric would go on to be named co-anchor, where she’d remain for 15 years. Mediaite Couric’s career has touched each of the three big networks (NBC, CBS and ABC), and now she is the global news anchor for Yahoo! News. Couric guest co-hosted Good Morning America back in 2012 on the same day Sarah Palin guest-hosted on Today. Mashable A deal to bring Couric back might be difficult, as she currently works for Yahoo!, which has a deal with ABC to share news content. Couric is one of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s biggest signings, inking the anchor to a $6 million per year deal. Getting Couric even for a short stint would be big for Today, as putting the old band back together could help the show to reclaim its past lead over rival GMA. Former co-anchors Couric and Matt Lauer haven’t been behind the desk together since Couric left Today in 2006. TheWrap The beloved former Today host would be contractually free to rejoin the show in the fall, should early speculation pan out the way that many fans probably hope it will. Former Today co-host Meredith Vieira has also been named in media reports as one of those potential seat-fillers.

‘The Proverbial Perfect Storm’ of Lara Logan’s Benghazi Report (New York Magazine)
In an in-depth report for New York magazine, Joe Hagan pieces together “the proverbial perfect storm” that led to Lara Logan’s now-infamous Benghazi report on 60 Minutes last year. TVNewser The piece focuses on executive producer Jeff Fager’s leadership of 60 Minutes, as well as Logan’s rapid rise at CBS News, reportedly orchestrated in part because CBS chairman Les Moonves saw her “steely eyes, breathless delivery and exotic accent as the raw material of a future star.” Variety Logan’s status with the program came into question after the publication of the New York article, which said her return “in recent weeks has not appeared certain” in the aftermath of an embarrassing flub she made in an Oct. 27 segment about U.S. operations in Benghazi, Libya. Logan is still expected to return to 60 Minutes, according to two people familiar with the situation, though the exact timeline remains unclear. HuffPost The report started unraveling four days after airing, following revelations that security contractor Dylan Davies, the 60 Minutes eyewitness, had given conflicting stories about his whereabouts during the attack. As reported by Hagan, Logan’s work on Benghazi only elevated concerns that she was out of control. Morley Safer, a veteran of the show for 45 years, demanded that Fager fire Logan, according to Hagan. HuffPost Media Matters chairman David Brock is urging top CBS News executives to re-open the network’s internal investigation over its discredited 60 Minutes report on the Benghazi attack. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Brock’s chief complaint: CBS’ internal review claimed Logan had reached out to the FBI and the State Department regarding her discredited source Davies. As reported in November, Logan did not reach out to the FBI. Brock also faults CBS for failing to note Logan’s conversations with Sen. Lindsey Graham, a fierce critic of the Obama administration’s handling of the attack.