CBS News’ Katie Couric officially confirmed what we all knew was coming today:
She is leaving CBS News.
“I’m really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we’ve been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I’ve done for 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning,” she told People.
What does the future hold for Couric exactly?
“In making the decision to move on, I know that the Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future.”
“I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling,” she says, though when and where are “still being discussed.”
There is still an offer on the table for Couric to stay at CBS with a syndicated talk show and a role on 60 Minutes, but they’re not the only interested party.
CBS News is reportedly not willing to match that end of the offer.
NBC, which had expressed interest, is no longer in the running.
One person close to Couric described the ABC move as “a distinct possibility.” Sources say CBS News initially accepted the idea of having Couric keep a role in the division, but have grown weary of the drawn-out negotiation process.
“They are ready to wish her well,” says a person close to the talks.
Scott Pelley will replace Katie as CBS News anchor.