When word broke that CBS and Katie Couric were poised to part ways, CNN swiftly re-signed Larry King. That was widely expected. But the contract conspicuously avoids promising King the 9pm hour he’s so long held, sources tell Verne Gay of Newsday. That leaves the door swinging invitingly for Couric, and sources say she wants the job.
The move is hardly a done deal, of course. Old CNN hands like Lou Dobbs or Anderson Cooper might make plays for the job, though Cooper is well established at 10pm. So far, neither CNN nor King’s agent will discuss the contract. “Larry King is the best there is,” said a CNN spokesperson. “We are refuting in essence what you are speculating.”