Katie Couric Fielding Offers From ABC, NBC, CNN

Source says she appears ready to exit “CBS Evening News”

Last Updated: April 4, 2011 @ 2:12 PM

Katie Couric is deciding between offers from NBC, ABC, and CNN as she prepares her all-but-official exit from "CBS Evening News," a person familiar with her thinking told TheWrap.

The person said Couric seems to have decided to exit the newscast when her five-year contract expires in June, and wanted to give CBS time for a smooth transition. In the meantime she is weighing offers from the other networks, the person said.

Also read: Katie Couric Likely to Exit 'Evening News,' Be '60 Minutes' Regular

"We're having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric," CBS spokeswoman Sonya McNair said. "We have no announcements to make at this time. Until we do, we will continue to decline comment on rumor and speculation."

Couric's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, said there was no update about her plans.

NBC and CNN declined to comment. The other networks did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

TheWrap reported last week that Couric would likely leave the newscast, and that if she stayed at CBS she could become a "60 Minutes" regular and host a daytime talk show. In a posting Monday, Politico's Mike Allen cited industry sources who said she had discussed a similar arrangement with NBC.

Also Monday, The Hollywood Reporter said Yahoo and AOL have also expressed interest in partnering with Couric, and the Associated Press cited a CBS executive Monday who said Couric would leave the newscast.

Couric has been noncommital about her plans in recent weeks. When David Letterman asked last month if the end of her contract means she could leave the CBS, she answered, "I mean, theoretically yes, it means I could leave the network."

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