Friday, July 12, 2024

Katie Couric’s Announcement Will Come Late Tuesday


Katie Couric’s announcement that she’s stepping down from The CBS Evening News will come on late Tuesday. The announcement itself, I am told, will be very low key and emanate from an unexpected place. It’s a purposeful move. Couric is heading to London for the Royal Wedding, and to interview British Prime Minister David Cameron. She’s still working for CBS News and doesn’t want to be upstaged by her own news. In all likelihood, Couric will soon announce a deal — as I first reported exclusively– to stay with CBS, have a syndicated talk show, and to keep her hand in with CBS News through the elections and with “60 Minutes.” Scott Pelley will replace her on the Evening News. While Pelley is solid and conventional, he’s also not exactly a shot of adrenalin for CBS in the race against Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer. Maybe he’ll surprise everyone. As for Katie, she’s in a win win situation.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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