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Katie Couric’s stay at CBS ends after less than five years

by Adam Russett on April 4, 2011

CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric is expected to leave the show behind and move on to other projects that could range from a syndicated talk show to a position on 60 Minutes. She broke ground as the first woman to be behind a network TV evening newscast, but the show failed to become more popular – The Atlantic reports that the ratings for the show have sunk ever since Couric took over. 

In fact, even though Couric was being paid up to $15 million as an anchor, she never quite caught up to the ratings of Brian Williams at NBC Nightly News or Diane Sawyer of ABC News.

While all of the future plans involving Couric are still up in the air, her current contract expires on June 4 and network executives are being decidedly cagey about the possibility.

"We're having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric," said CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair, according to The Associated Press. "We have no announcements to make at this time. Until we do, we will continue to decline comment on rumor or speculation."

Despite the show's low ratings, CBS Evening News was given the Edward R. Murrow award in 2008 and 2009.

Additionally, it is hard not to remember Couric's interviews with Sarah Palin when the latter woman had been nominated to be the Vice President of the United States. At the time, Couric asked Palin what newspapers she read and Palin had responded, "All of them."

The interview has since been played down by Palin supporters and characterized as "gotcha" journalism. However, the segment remains a topic of discussion today.

This isn't the first time that Couric has been rumored to be leaving since she originally began working as an anchor in 2006. In 2008, there were similar speculations, according to The Atlantic. 

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