Against Odds, Katie Couric Perseveres at CBS

After trying to change 'too much too soon,' Couric finally seems comfortable
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2009 12:23 PM CDT
CBS television news anchor Katie Couric attends the 2009 White House Correspondent's Dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday, May 9, 2009 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – Last year, it seemed Katie Couric’s days in the CBS anchor chair were numbered. Now, she not only plans to stay there until her contract expires in 2011, she's starting a weekly Charlie Rose-esque webcast—and her destinations post-Evening News could include 60 Minutes or CNN. “Her really superb work swept those questions away,” her executive producer tells the New York Times, which notes the Evening News' ratings still lag behind those of ABC and NBC.

Those ratings draw less attention now, the Times adds, directing focus back to things like her work on the presidential campaign, including her much-praised Sarah Palin interview. Couric will utilize those skills when her @katiecouric webcast begins tomorrow, featuring sit-downs with the likes of Glenn Beck, Al Gore, and Hugh Jackman. When her contract is up, predicts her producer, CBS will “be clamoring to re-sign her.” But a communications professor adds that Couric “has value for CBS going forward, but likely not in the anchor chair long term and not at that salary."