The View on Meredith Vieira

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- We certainly hope Katie Couric finally reveals her plans this week for whether or not she’s moving to CBS. The endless speculation is starting to wear us down, what with everyone moving around the news readers like chess pieces to see who comes out on top. Several scenarios have been floated, but over the weekend they seem to have all come down to Couric indeed moving to CBS, with NBC left working to get ABC’s Meredith Vieira to replace Couric at NBC’s “The Today Show.”
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Meredith Vieira

Ad Age sibling TV Week reports this morning that we’ll likely get an announcement from Couric to that effect this week. Fox News’ Roger Friedman reports that Couric will anchor “The CBS Evening News” and that her package includes her doing reports for news magazine “60 Minutes.” He also reports on the Vieira move to NBC, saying that the deal has yet to be finalized, but noting that it opens up a slot on “The View” and that “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?” will need a new host.

Gawker.com posted an email from an anonymous tipster supporting this version of events. The tipster claims Couric’s package at CBS is worth $39 million for three years, and that Vieira’s being offered a $30 million 5-year contract. The post also claims Vieira’s replacement on “The View” will be actress Mimi Rogers. Freidman wonders what the changes will mean for ABC’s other news anchors, “Good Morning America’s” Diane Sawyer and current solo anchor Elizabeth Vargas, whose co-host Bob Woodruff is recovering from injuries sustained in Iraq. Vargas recently revealed she’s having a baby later this year, and Friedman thinks that means she’s a perfect candidate to step into “The View.”

If that is indeed the way things play out, it leaves NBC internal candidates “Weekend Today” co-anchor Campbell Brown and MSNBC anchor Natalie Morales shut out of the seat on the couch next to Matt Lauer, except as fill-ins for Viera.

Couric, back on the air this morning after a couple days off last week, will be busy this afternoon at the New York Women in Communications annual Matrix Awards. She’s presenting the magazine category honor to Glamour's Cindi Leive.

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