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.