“It’s not like it’s a temp gig,” Letterman told Couric, reminding her that other anchors “ride into the sunset.”
For Couric, the sun apparently sets around
Now she wants to try daytime. What’s interesting is that
Moonves may not want to be seen publicly pursuing
someone who clearly has her mind made up. Perhaps singing “Happy
Birthday” to Couric for a video the network made for her in January was
as far as he was willing to go.
That Couric is consulting with her former “Today” producer (and ex-NBC Universal CEO)
Pelley, a “60 Minutes” correspondent, is close to
Fager, who besides being chairman of CBS News continues to executive
produce the newsmagazine.
Pelley has been with
for more than 21 years. If he is given the job, odds are the network
won’t have to worry about him eyeing his next big deal or wondering
what else is on the horizon.
If Couric does leave, her stint at
There will be lots of analysis about Couric’s run at CBS News. She did not boost ratings the way
would have liked. Her persona, perfect for the morning, ultimately did
not work as well in the evenings. The media seemed more obsessed than
viewers about her role as CBS News anchor. In daytime, she will be back
in her comfort zone.
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