Amid Layoffs, CBS Defends Couric’s Salary

By Andrew Gauthier 

Huffington Post

The head of CBS News unequivocally denied reports Wednesday that the network is contemplating a pay cut for “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric.

“Katie’s work on the ‘Evening News’, ’60 Minutes’ and special events is brilliant,’ Sean McManus, president of CBS News & Sports, told the Huffington Post. “Nobody in the business works harder than Katie and I can tell you unequivocally that there have been and are no plans and not even a single discussion about making a change or renegotiating.”

Two outlets–the New York Post and the Drudge Report–report that Couric is facing a cut from her $15 million/year salary. The reports come on the heels of layoffs at CBS News, with Drudge specifically reporting “a populist backlash against Couric’s cash” forming in CBS’s newsroom. More…