The Wall Street Journal reports:
And Howard Kurtz at The Washington Post adds this: “If Couric is eased out as anchor, CBS plans to offer her either a syndicated talk show or a full-time role on ’60 Minutes.’ Otherwise, executives have signaled they would release her from her contract to seek a better deal elsewhere.”
Back in April, 2007 Gail Shister reported something similar in the Philadelphia Inquirer, noting that at the time there was "a growing feeling within the network that Katie Couric is an expensive, unfixable mistake," and that as a result she "may leave CBS Evening News, probably after the 2008 presidential elections."
CBS executives aggressively denied the report then. Ditto this time around.
"We are very proud of the ‘CBS Evening News,’ particularly our political coverage, and we have no plans for any changes regarding Katie or the broadcast," CBS News responded in a statement.
What will Ms. Couric do if she leaves CBS News?
The Journal‘s Rebecca Dana speculates: