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Couric's Fate Was Topic A in CBS Suite

What You Should Have Read, April 11, 2008

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Couric's Fate Was Topic A in CBS Suite

The New York Times weighs in on the Katie Couric leaving CBS story today, noting that a meeting on Feb. 28 sparked the talk of her exiting the anchor chair after the November presidential elections. The meeting involved four people: Ms. Couric; her agent, Alan Berger of the Creative Artists Agency; Sean McManus, CBS News president; and Leslie Moonves, CBS chairman, and took place in his office. The conversation included what one participant said was some "idle talk and musings" about the big question hanging over CBS News: should Ms. Couric leave her position as the news anchor after the presidential election, a development that had long been rumored. Now that wide-ranging discussion threatens to turn her into a virtual lame duck in the job. Though some people close to Ms. Couric, as well as some professional associates, said Thursday they believed that it was now likely she would not remain as anchor through the election, and might even leave in the next few weeks, that point was adamantly denied by the senior executives closest to the decision.
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