CBS Has No Plans to Boot Couric Off News

Show regains hard edge, if not viewers, with makeover
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2007 10:05 PM CDT
Katie Couric, anchor for the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric," and Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, answer questions about Couric's new role as the first female news anchor for a network...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In signing Katie Couric to anchor "CBS Evening News" last year, the network probably didn’t expect ratings to hit historic lows. But CBS is sticking with the underperforming star, according to a network executive, who said it was “the second inning at the latest” in the long game of gaining ground on ABC and NBC, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Couric’s Middle East excursion is emblematic of changes in the show, which in March began abandoning the widely criticized makeover that accompanied Couric's defection from NBC's morning airwaves. CBS is banking on a more hard-nosed approach to lure back viewers, but executives say they are confident they have “the right show, the right anchor, the right team in place.”