Couric, CBS Prepare to Announce Her ‘Evening News’ Departure

by | April 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM | TV News

Katie Couric (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Katie Couric (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Katie Couric and CBS are finally ready to announce she’s leaving “The CBS Evening News,” according to the New York Times.

Under a plan that Couric and the network have apparently devised in an attempt to create a smooth transition in the news division, Couric will announce this week that she’s leaving the anchor chair on “The CBS Evening News.” This week’s royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London will be Couric’s last hurrah as the face of CBS News. Then, according to the Times, CBS will announce next week that Scott Pelley will replace Couric on “The Evening News,” starting in June.

This announcement plan has been put in place, the Times says, in order to enable the anchor transition to take place as smoothly as possible over a period of four weeks or so. However, the story doesn’t say if Couric will announce she’s leaving CBS completely. Certainly, an announcement that she’s being dropped as “Evening News” anchor is not that surprising since it’s been reported for months as more or less likely. The same goes for Pelley – who has been the so-called “frontrunner” for the anchor job for several months as well. A CBS News veteran, he’s probably been the only serious candidate all along – so no surprise there.

Of course, with Couric making it official that she’s leaving “Evening News,” it makes her available to undertake her pursuit of a daytime talk show – the other “rumor” that’s been reported a thousand times over the past few months that seems more and more likely to become a reality now.

But the question remains: Will this new show be produced under the auspices of CBS, or some other company?

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