Katie Couric

Katie Couric considers leaving 'CBS Evening News'
The Katie Couric era at the "CBS Evening News" appears to be drawing to a close.

Couric, whose five-year contract to anchor the network's nightly news program expires in early June, is looking more likely to take a shot at daytime television, people familiar with the situation said.

Almost from the day she started, there has been speculation that Couric was not as comfortable working the evening shift as she was in her previous job as co-anchor of NBC's hugely successful morning show, "Today." Ratings for all network newscasts have declined sharply during the past decade while the morning shows have become profit centers.

Although Couric may exit network news, she could still end up working for CBS in daytime. She has been consulting with Jeff Zucker, her former producer on "Today" and the ex-chief executive of NBCUniversal, on a new talk show and has been pitching CBS as well as NBC and ABC.

Couric also wants to keep a toe in news. A deal with CBS, for example, could also include appearances on "60 Minutes" and other news programs, a person at the network said.

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