Couric Watch: At NBC, Concerns About Losing Her “Have Faded Somewhat”

By Brian 

A couple interesting paragraphs in today’s New York Times:

“Several people close to Ms. Couric, as well as executives from NBC News, emphasized that there is no ill will on either side over the prospect of Ms. Couric’s departing for the anchor job at CBS News…”

…Since Jeff Zucker “undertook an effort to restructure the program under new producers, “Today” has regained its claim to ratings dominance in the mornings. The concern over losing an established and popular host like Ms. Couric, who has been with the program for 15 years, has faded somewhat in recent months.

Several NBC executives said this week that losing Ms. Couric now, while not something the network welcomes, might prove to be the best time to make a change in the program’s anchor lineup.Related:

> WP: “Couric plans to work with NBC on the timing of her departure and is determined not to damage what has been a productive relationship with the network, say people familiar with her situation.”

> WSJ: “NBC thinks Today is strong enough to handle a few bumps. After nearly losing the ratings race to Good Morning America last May, Today has developed a wide lead.”