Katie Couric Hints At Network Move

Mar 24, 2011, 09:06 by John Steele

Should she stay or should she go? Katie Couric was non-committal about her future when facing a barrage of questions from late night host David Letterman Tuesday. Couric's fellow CBS broadcaster and long-time friend inquired about her future with the network when her contract runs out in May.

Going headlong into the issue, Letterman said "I understand that you're thinking of taking another job." Couric said she had no idea what she planned to do. But Letterman kept after her.

Letterman pointed out that great anchors through history--from Walter Cronkite to Brian Williams--have kept their anchor spots. "It's not a temp gig," Letterman said bluntly.

"Five years isn't too temporary," Couric said.

The rather awkward exchange ended with Couric defending the case for leaving the anchor chair. When Letterman stated, matter-of-factly, that "once you take the anchor chair, that's what you do."

"Really?" Couric said. "Is that a CBS law?"

Rumors have been swirling for months that Couric could leave the "CBS Evening News" and start her own talk show, or just move on to something else.

Couric took over as the CBS Evening News Anchor and Managing Editor in 2006, replacing Bob Schieffer. Couric instantly improved ratings and, with a new set and some new toys--CBS was the first to broadcast the evening news over the Internet--started to gain some attention for her high-powered interview segments and on-location reports.

Her 2008 interview with Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin became a key election issue and her on-location reports from the Gulf oil spill and Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution brought attention to these events nightly.

Despite tough questioning, Couric remained non-committal, saying she was still figuring out what she wanted to do.

Source: Huffington Post