CBS Asks Couric to Stay–for ‘Significantly’ Lower Salary

by | February 9, 2011 at 4:05 PM | TV News

Katie Couric (Photo: CBS News)

Katie Couric (Photo: CBS News)

Katie Couric’s future at CBS has been buzzed about in the media since she first took the anchor seat on the nightly newscast, with some insiders speculating that she might jump ship after her latest contract expires. But the former “Today Show” host has been given a vote of confidence by network executives and asked to stick around through the 2012 elections, according to The Daily Beast.

Word is that Couric’s latest offer is for less money and less time than her previous contract — the original deal was worth $15 million — although nothing has been officially announced, and reports claim that she will consider other offers.

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With ratings for “CBS Evening News” bringing the show in at third place amongst competing newscasts, and the new incoming CBS News chairman, Jeff Fager, not having “as strong a relationship as [Les] Moonves does with Couric,” anything beyond 2012 is sketchy, according to the report.

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Should things not last with CBS, or if the current offer isn’t satisfying enough for Couric, there are options that might be tempting the newswoman, including a possible daily syndicated show or some sort of cable program, according to TVNewser.