Monday, June 17, 2024

Katie Couric Announcement Coming Mid Day Today


Starting today, or thereabouts, ABC News is going to be overflowing with  female news stars. Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer are going to be welcoming Katie Couric to their fold around mid day today.

Is there room for all these ladies in one news division? Because until Couric’s afternoon talk show starts in September 2012, she’s going to be bunking with Walters and Sawyer. Right now, Walters relies on her role as executive producer and co-owner of “The View.” That show is pretty much all that’s left of ABC Daytime now that the soaps and Oprah are history. Sawyer, of course, has the evening news.

So where will Katie fit in? “Good Morning America”? It’s doubtful that Couric wants to get up at the crack of dawn to sit in for Robin Roberts on her days off. There’s always “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour, where Couric could appear as the presidential race starts to heat up. There’s “Nightline,” although Cynthia McFadden and crew seem to have that well in hand. “20/20” is a possibility, although Couric is not going to replace Elizabeth Vargas. So it will be interesting to see where Katie fits in during the 15 month ramp up to her own show. Details of her deal should break midday Monday at the latest since her CBS contract expired on Friday.

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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