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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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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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