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CBS Eyeing Anderson Cooper for Katie Couric's Job
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Posted on 03/01/2010 11:22:34 AM PST by jessduntno

In mid-2011, Katie Couric's five-year contract at CBS News will expire, and network executives appear to be exploring a "Plan B" if she departs after her oft-rocky tenure in the anchor's chair. According to the New York Times, that backup plan could very well be CNN host Anderson Cooper, who reportedly met with CBS execs months ago about anchor opportunities at the network.

The Times got the information from a pair of "TV veterans informed of the meeting."

However, a spokesperson for CNN denies a meeting ever occurred and claim in a statement to EW that Cooper "is not engaged in any additional conversations with them beyond those necessary for his continuing role on 60 Minutes."

Whether Cooper's reported meeting with CBS execs means he is being courted for Couric's job is unclear; he was previously pursued to host the network's 'Early Show,' which has struggled in the ratings. A switch to CBS full-time would be an easy one for Cooper, who is a regular contributor to '60 Minutes.'

Cooper joined CNN in 2001 and has hosted his own show, 'Anderson Cooper 360,' since 2003. He specializes in covering tragedies, including Hurricane Katrina and the recent the earthquake in Haiti.

'360' has not exactly been a ratings boon for CNN and generally ranks third in the 10 PM hour behind FOX's Greta Van Susterein and HLN's Nancy Grace. Often, repeats of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann will edge Cooper out as well. His focus on delivering the news -- and not opinion -- has been cited by industry analysts for his viewership.

Couric's ratings have not changed much either, and she currently ranks behind NBC's Brian Williams and ABC's Diane Sawyer in the evening news race. As we noted in an earlier piece, CBS may be looking to bring down costs in the newsroom due to the economic downturn.

Couric reportedly makes $15 million a year.

NBC's Brian Williams -- who almost permanently holds the top spot among the nightly network news broadcasts -- makes $10 million a year and pulls in, on average, over 3 million more viewers, averaging around 10 million viewers to Couric's 6.5-7 million.

CBS had no comment when asked by the Times, but it is not uncommon for TV stars to take meetings with other networks in the run-up to contract negotiations.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: andersoncooper; deckchairs; lavendermafia; pravdamedia; seebs; seebsnews; teabagger; viacommie
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1 posted on 03/01/2010 11:22:34 AM PST by jessduntno
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To: jessduntno

Cooper—the Prince of Teabaggers?

How disgusting!


2 posted on 03/01/2010 11:23:25 AM PST by Palladin ("I am wearing my dead brother's dentures.")
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To: Palladin

Swap’n 1 woman for another.


3 posted on 03/01/2010 11:23:53 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: jessduntno

The media is just trying to tart up news broadcasts again...


4 posted on 03/01/2010 11:24:20 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: jessduntno

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2461456/posts


5 posted on 03/01/2010 11:24:40 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: jessduntno

Katie Couric has a job? Damn. Just Damn!


6 posted on 03/01/2010 11:25:08 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: jessduntno

Wow, they actually did find someone worse than Katie to interview.


7 posted on 03/01/2010 11:25:12 AM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Puppage

“Swap’n 1 woman for another.”

My first thought as well, although in a much coarser form that would have had me banned.


8 posted on 03/01/2010 11:25:52 AM PST by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: jessduntno

“He specializes in covering tragedies”. He will fit in well at cBS.


9 posted on 03/01/2010 11:26:04 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: jessduntno

incwedible

replace the shrew with a caker....

man...I want the keys to the greenhouse at Black Rock

must be good shlit they are smoking


10 posted on 03/01/2010 11:26:06 AM PST by wardaddy (I'm waiting for Epic Beard Man the movie.)
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To: jessduntno

This teabag-sucker?


11 posted on 03/01/2010 11:27:09 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Puppage

hahaha ya...one woman for another


12 posted on 03/01/2010 11:27:34 AM PST by dalebert
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To: jessduntno

hell Carrot Top could do a better job than eithe rof ‘em.


13 posted on 03/01/2010 11:27:40 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: jessduntno

Will they let him show off his live-in boyfriend gay lover if he gets the job?


14 posted on 03/01/2010 11:27:40 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: GeronL

“Wow, they actually did find someone worse than Katie to interview.”

What makes this hard to believe is that it isn’t hard to believe.


15 posted on 03/01/2010 11:28:00 AM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: jessduntno
CBS Eyeing Anderson Cooper for Katie Couric's Job

This is a mistake; I think after 5 years of having a female news anchor, they ought to replace her with a male one. It's only fair.

16 posted on 03/01/2010 11:28:06 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: jessduntno

Oh wouldn’t I love to have some hidden video of the Perky One when she got this news!


17 posted on 03/01/2010 11:29:01 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: jessduntno

geeesh. from a high colonic to a lower colon.

FRed FRiendly .. Line 3


18 posted on 03/01/2010 11:29:01 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: jessduntno

Anderson Cooper has taken more balls on the chin than a big league catcher.


19 posted on 03/01/2010 11:29:29 AM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: jessduntno

Putting Cooper in Couric’s spot would be death knell of CBS. I don’t watch either, but from what I have seen and read, Couric at least has the where-with-all to be mostly courteous and constrained when on TV. Cooper, with his isolated little market, is used to shooting his mouth off with every little disgusting thought that leaks out of his empty head. He tries to pull that on ‘regular’ TV and he’s hosed.


20 posted on 03/01/2010 11:29:41 AM PST by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: jessduntno

Cooper dooper!
21 posted on 03/01/2010 11:29:49 AM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: jessduntno
Talk about a death wish.

Stick a fork in CBS News, its done.

22 posted on 03/01/2010 11:30:05 AM PST by oyez ( damnant quod non intelligunt)
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To: jessduntno
It just must make The Perkey Ones heart go pitter patter to see all the news about who is going to replace her. I wonder if she has cleaned out her desk already of if she is letting that for the last minute.

BTW I think SeeBS should hire Olberman away from MSNBC. I mean why settle for a half a glass of fail when you can have an entire ocean of fail.
23 posted on 03/01/2010 11:30:11 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

The media pushes an end to “don’t ask don’t tell” in the military but is strangely silent over their own closeted homosexuals reading the nightly news.


24 posted on 03/01/2010 11:31:29 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

A queer for a feminist. Take your pick America.


26 posted on 03/01/2010 11:32:48 AM PST by Force of Truth (Yes political conservatives are libertarians. They want to have their rights and eat them too.)
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To: Nonstatist

This is a mistake; I think after 5 years of having a female news anchor, they ought to replace her with a male one. It’s only fair.”

Men could picket, but it would just give him what he wants...


27 posted on 03/01/2010 11:33:19 AM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: jessduntno

This is hilarious. So they are going to replace one failure with another failure? Of course they wouldn’t go out looking for someone who has a successful news program on like Brett Baire now would they? At least when the Perky one was hired, she came from a successful show....


28 posted on 03/01/2010 11:33:31 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: jessduntno

Oh dear. How badly Cooper’s show must suck when even Keef’s repeats often “edge him out in the ratings.” Lol.


29 posted on 03/01/2010 11:33:32 AM PST by TXBlair (Farouk! Farouk! I love your CHI, but you'll never be my G-O-V!)
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To: jessduntno
Anderson Cooper.

The boy who was raised to be queen, by his adoring mommy, Gloria Vanderbilt.

30 posted on 03/01/2010 11:34:01 AM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: jessduntno
Anderson and his boyfriend. Going to puke now.

31 posted on 03/01/2010 11:35:09 AM PST by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: GonzoGOP

BTW I think SeeBS should hire Olberman away from MSNBC. I mean why settle for a half a glass of fail when you can have an entire ocean of fail.”

Hahahaha...that’s good...


32 posted on 03/01/2010 11:35:48 AM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: ari-freedom

No, Cooper likes it in the pooper...


33 posted on 03/01/2010 11:36:37 AM PST by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: jessduntno

They could put Anderson in a dress, and have him tell his audience about his sex change operation. After all, they were thrilled to hear about Katie’s colonoscopy, weren’t they?

That should attact plenty of viewers! Moreover, it would be just the kind of viwers they want!

< /s >


34 posted on 03/01/2010 11:39:02 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jessduntno
CBS is stuck on stupid. They don't realize that the problems they are having don't have anything to do with personalities. They are trying one gimmick after another. But it won't work. Their content is the problem. People on onto their BS and even if they could resurrect Walter Cronkite from the dead and put him back in the anchor chair it wouldn't make any difference.

CBS does a lousy job of presenting the News and unless this changes their viewership will never return. Probably half their audience is over 60 I would guess. No well informed person today gets their news from broadcast television.

Somebody needs to tell the suits at CBS to get into the 21th Century.
35 posted on 03/01/2010 11:39:28 AM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: jessduntno

Ooops, the feminine clown Couric to be replaced by the truly feminine Cooper. How low can they go? I guess hiring a filthy rich nancy boy to replace the filthy rich cheerleader makes some sense to the NY mind. Glad it doesn’t compute with me.


36 posted on 03/01/2010 11:39:41 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: jessduntno

I am hoping they sign him on so their ratings will drop even lower and advertiser will flee in higher numbers. Go Anderson Cooper!

How low can they go?


37 posted on 03/01/2010 11:41:29 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Puppage

Hard to tell which one is perkier!


38 posted on 03/01/2010 11:41:40 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: All

Boyfriend?!?
Damn, I had no idea Vin Diesel was gay...


39 posted on 03/01/2010 11:42:28 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: jessduntno

Wanted a more feminine prime time presence?


40 posted on 03/01/2010 11:42:36 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: jessduntno
Cat Fight!!


41 posted on 03/01/2010 11:42:48 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Couric dancing looked like Elaine on Seinfeld...


42 posted on 03/01/2010 11:44:27 AM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: jessduntno

Obviously they are still looking for the feminine touch in their newscast.


43 posted on 03/01/2010 11:47:49 AM PST by Iron Munro (God is great, Beer is good, People are crazy)
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To: jessduntno
Bet Coop can't do this.....
44 posted on 03/01/2010 11:48:29 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Servant of the Cross

This may sound off the wall, and I doubt if either side would go for this, but I think they should offer the job to Bill O’Reilly.
He’s pretty much worn his welcome with the real conservative FOX viewers, and with his ego, he might just jump at the chance to get back into the MSM market, especially as a headliner. I bet he’d do wonders for CBS’s ratings too.


45 posted on 03/01/2010 11:49:43 AM PST by rickomatic
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To: jessduntno
Often, repeats of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann will edge Cooper out

Sheesh, how bad do you have to be to lose to reruns of "mad dog" Doberman?

46 posted on 03/01/2010 11:52:11 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I would pay good $$$ to see that, too. ;-)


47 posted on 03/01/2010 11:52:41 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I’d bet that coop could do that, but in a different color dress.


48 posted on 03/01/2010 11:54:05 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: jessduntno
"Often, repeats of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann will edge Cooper out as well."

oops Sorry all, that is probably my fault. Sometimes I scan Olberdork just to see if he has popped his cork yet over Palin.

I probably double his ratings by watching for 30 seconds.

49 posted on 03/01/2010 11:56:41 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: Texas resident

I’d bet that coop could do that, but in a different color dress.”

And higher heels...


50 posted on 03/01/2010 11:58:04 AM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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