Katie Couric Negotiating Her ABC News Exit Strategy For Role With Yahoo, Report, Highlight Hollywood News

Katie Couric is parting ways with ABC News and  looking toward a new role with Yahoo, a person familiar with the situation told  TheWrap.  “Katie is an incredible journalist and this was an opportunity that she  couldn’t pass up,” said an ABC executive with knowledge of the situation.  “Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News and Yahoo we know that  Katie will continue to work closely with us and welcome her on our air anytime.”

 

A person familiar with Couric’s position told the publication  the move had nothing to  do with her syndicated talk show, “Katie,” and that the Yahoo deal is not yet  complete.

 

 

Though it’s been widely speculated that Couric might one day reunite with her  former “Today” executive producer Jeff Zucker at CNN, two sources told TheWrap  that nothing is in the works between Couric and the network. Zucker took over  leadership of CNN in January.

 

 

Couric joined ABC News in June 2011 as part of a multi-year deal that also  included her hosting the talk show, which is now suffering in the ratings.  Zucker initially executive produced the show, but left to head CNN.

 

 

The exit from ABC News will be the second time she has parted ways with the  network: She started her career there as a desk assistant in 1979.    As part of ABC News, Couric anchored specials, conducted interviews, guested  on “Good Morning America” and took part in special events coverage. Between her  stints on “Today” and joining ABC News, she spent five years anchoring “The CBS  Evening News.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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