Katie Couric Leaving CBS News To Launch Daytime Show! Is She The Next Oprah?

Mon, April 4, 2011 9:46am EDT by 3 Comments

Her new syndicated show reportedly will launch in 2012 –after Katie bolts the ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor chair she’s held for almost five years!

Katie Couric — who broke through the glass ceiling of network news as the first woman to go solo as the face of a nightly newscast — will be following in the pioneering footsteps of Oprah Winfrey to start a new daytime talk show, The Associated Press reports.

Katie shunned a new contract package from CBS that would have included a daytime show and a regular slot on 60 Minutes, according to the New York Post.

Her big move comes as a bit of shock — until quite recently Katie was thought to be ready to stick with CBS News until the 2012 presidential election.

Katie made history in 2006 when she left NBC’s Today Show to take over the CBS anchor desk as the permanent replacement for Dan Rather. Her ratings were strong at the start but she faded to third place in the nightly battle with behind Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer on ABC.

Now, with Oprah’s daytime program — syndicated by CBS — winding down as the Oprah Winfrey Network as been launched on cable, Katie hopes to fill the gap Oprah is leaving behind.

Katie, who has battled sexism her whole career, has long been described as “perky.” In an interview scheduled to appear in The New York Times Magazine this Sunday, Katie is asked about her “current relationship with the word.”

“It meant shallow and cute, but not somebody who had any depth,” Katie says. “It did become a pejorative word, but listen, it’s better than ‘bitchy.’ ”

No one has been named to replace Katie at CBS News — and there are no women among the few top names being floated!

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