Katie Couric has ended weeks of speculation about her post-CBS Evening News plans: She will host a daily talk show on ABC, beginning in September 2012, the network announced on Monday.
“I’m very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979,” Couric, 54, who’s last day at CBS was May 19, said in a statement.
Couric added, “It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show…and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can’t wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, talks with NBC, CBS and Time Warner broke down in recent months for various reasons, leaving ABC as the likely contender for the show, which will be executive produced by Katie’s former producer, Jeff Zucker, who worked on “Today.”
The not-yet-titled, New York-based show will air at 3 p.m. in most markets.
Katie’s isn’t the only broadcaster launching their own show: CNN’s Anderson Cooper is launching “Anderson,” a daily talk show, in September.