Katie Couric is rumored to be leaving her anchor post at “CBS Evening News” less than five years after becoming the first woman to solely helm a network TV evening newscast. Couric has not officially announced her plans, however the 54-year-old anchor is expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012 and several companies are vying for her services. Who wouldn’t? The departure date for Couric has not been made but her CBS News contract expires on June 4.
CBS executives are said to be having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric as Russ Mitchell, Scott Pelley and Harry Smith are among the internal CBS candidates said to replace her on the evening news. Although Couric is said to leave the evening news, expectations are that she might not the CBS Corp. The upcoming departure in May of Oprah Winfrey might be where Katie Couric’s talk show might end up likely in fall 2012.
A syndication deal with CBS is seen as the only possibility that Couric would continue as evening news anchor on a temporary basis past June, if she were to agree to stay during an extended search for her successor.