ABC Gig Could Pit Couric Against ‘Today’

by | May 17, 2011 at 8:37 PM | TV News

Katie Couric (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Katie Couric (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Katie Couric is poised to return to the morning news game, as a member of her former competition.

Couric and ABC are negotiating a deal for a daytime syndicated talk show, as well as “strategic guest appearances” on “Good Morning America,” the New York Post reports.

The move will put her opposite her former co-host Matt Lauer on NBC as he tries to settle in with Ann Curry on “Today.”

“’GMA’ sees Meredith Vieira leaving ['Today'] as a huge opportunity,” a source told the Post. “Katie will be one of the ways ABC could take advantage.”

The source said Couric could appear on “GMA” with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos as many as “two and three times per week.” She’s expected to appear to promote her big “gets” and stories.

“Katie will work as a team player across all ABC news platforms, wherever she can be helpful,” said another insider. “Her role will be to help in all kinds of ways. It’ll be, ‘Put me in, coach, however I can help.’”

Couric called “Today” on NBC home for 15 years before leaving for her rocky tenure as anchor of “CBS Evening News.” Couric’s last appearance on CBS will be Thursday. The deal would reunite her with former NBC boss Jeff Zucker, who rose through the network ranks to president from executive producing “Today.”

CAA’s Alan Berger is negotiating Couric’s deal with ABC, which has not been finalized.


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