Couric to leave

Today Katie Couric announced she would leave the "Today" show at the end of may. Couric will takeover CBS Nightly News.  The New York Times 

Katie Couric, the most successful host in the more than 50-year history of NBC's "Today" show, told her audience of more than 6 million viewers this morning that she will step down from the program and leave NBC when her contract concludes at the end of next month.

Ms. Couric announced formally what has been predicted for several months, that she will jump to CBS, where she will become the first woman ever to lead an evening newscast on her own. CBS confirmed today that Ms. Couric will be anchor and managing editor of "The CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" beginning in September. She will also contribute to the network's venerable newsmagazine program "60 Minutes."

"I'm personally so excited that Katie Couric is coming to the CBS News family," said Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive of CBS Corporation. "With this move, our news division takes yet another giant leap forward."

Ms. Couric, whose 15-year tenure as host of "Today" was celebrated this morning — the anniversary of her first morning as co-host of the program — with a clip of her first appearance on the show in 1991 with then-partner Bryant Gumbel, told the audience of her plans, saying, "after listening to my heart and my gut, two things that have served me pretty well in the past, I've decided I'll be leaving 'Today' at the end of May."

Ms. Coruic described it as a "really difficult decision" first, because of the relationship she had established with the "Today" audience, which she said had "been with me through a lot of good times and some very difficult ones."

Couric has been rumored of taking this job for many months. It has finally came to reality. So no more Bob Schieffer.

And for those who are wondering:

No mention was made of her successor, but NBC has nearly concluded an agreement with Meredith Vieira of ABC to replace Ms. Couric.

Under the terms of the deal, which was expected to be resolved by week's end, Ms. Vieira would sign a four-year contract worth at least $10 million a year and would take up her morning assignment on NBC just after Labor Day, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the conversations were continuing.

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