Couric’s Contract Concluding, CBS Meets with Cooper

By Andrew Gauthier 


With Katie Couric‘s 5-year contract expiring next year, it appears that CBS is beginning to look for her successor. The New York Times is reporting that CNN’s Anderson Cooper has met with CBS News about an anchor position. “CBS executives, mindful that Katie Couric’s contract expires in a little over a year, have talked to Anderson Cooper,” the newspaper stated.

CBS has a long-standing relationship with Cooper, who is a regular contributer to “60 Minutes,” and this isn’t the first time that the two parties have discussed a full-time anchor position. When Cooper signed a new contract with CNN back in 2007, Broadcasting & Cable reported that CBS had been courting him for a position at “The Early Show.”


Speculation over Couric’s job as the face of CBS News has been prevalent since she signed the deal in 2006. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal reported that Couric would possibly leave CBS after that year’s presidential election and Cooper was mentioned as a potential replacement.

If Cooper were to replace Couric, it likely wouldn’t be much of a cost-cutting move for CBS News, an organization that has scaled back its operations in the past month. As Business Insider points out, “There’s no guarantees that Cooper would be significantly cheaper.”