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Couric’s Rocky Path to a Likely Parting With CBS (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The New York Times ^ | April 11, 2011 | Bill Carter

Posted on 04/11/2011 5:01:35 AM PDT by abb

For Katie Couric, the offer in 2006 to become the anchor of “CBS Evening News” came with another incentive, one she prized almost as highly, according to two of her friends: the chance to report for “60 Minutes,” the newsmagazine that for Ms. Couric stood for the kind of serious journalism she had always aspired to.

Regular appearances on “60 Minutes” were written into her $15 million-a-year contract with CBS, but once she arrived at the network, she found a chilly reception from some of the staff members at the venerable program. Some of Ms. Couric’s associates said that the chilliness seemed to stem from the top, the show’s executive producer, Jeff Fager. That view was disputed by people close to Mr. Fager, who said that Ms. Couric has praised his stewardship of her “60 Minutes” pieces.

Still, her appearances on the show have been fewer than she hoped for — averaging not even five a year. Even after the show won an Emmy for her interview with the airline pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III, Ms. Couric’s visibility on the program never increased.

“They never let her learn the secret handshake there,” said one former NBC colleague.

In February, when Mr. Fager was named chairman of CBS News, his tepid response to the hugely public question of whether she might continue as anchor (Mr. Fager said he hadn’t thought about it yet) sent an additional signal to Ms. Couric and her representatives: it was time to move on.

Ms. Couric and CBS are now negotiating how and when to end her five-year run as anchor, one marked by early criticism, later journalistic successes and disappointing ratings over all.

Ms. Couric is pursuing the idea of her own syndicated talk show, possibly with her former “Today” show co-host, Matt Lauer.

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1 posted on 04/11/2011 5:01:37 AM PDT by abb
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ping


2 posted on 04/11/2011 5:02:53 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
“They never let her learn the secret handshake there,” said one former NBC colleague.

Handshake? I don't think that's how she 'worked' her way up the ladder.

3 posted on 04/11/2011 5:07:58 AM PDT by maggief
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To: abb

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/business/media/11carr.html?ref=business&pagewanted=all
At Gannett, Furloughs but Nice Paydays for Brass


4 posted on 04/11/2011 5:10:15 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

“Ms. Couric is pursuing the idea of her own syndicated talk show, possibly with her former “Today” show co-host, Matt Lauer.____________________________________

Did she not get the memo that Airhead America went belly-up?

Marxist talk radio, wow.
Maybe she can get tapes of the old Radio Moscow (1960s),
or even better, Radio Albania.


5 posted on 04/11/2011 5:18:36 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud to be a Birther.)
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To: abb
At Gannett, Furloughs but Nice Paydays for Brass

Ha ha. Looks like Gannett's management is moving toward the Arianna Huffington model.

6 posted on 04/11/2011 5:19:21 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: maggief

That would be knee burns, she was way to ugly for anything else, before she spend millions on her face.


7 posted on 04/11/2011 5:19:25 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: abb
Ms. Couric is pursuing the idea of her own syndicated talk show, possibly with her former “Today” show co-host, Matt Lauer.

These two are delusional, although maybe MSNBC would give them a slot. Or Al Gore's network....

8 posted on 04/11/2011 5:19:41 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: maggief

That would be knee burns, she was way to ugly for anything else, before she spend millions on her face.


9 posted on 04/11/2011 5:19:52 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: abb

How typical. Her failures are always attributed to others.


10 posted on 04/11/2011 5:41:49 AM PDT by Carley (UNION AGITATORS, NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: AlexW

I thought they were talking about a syndicated TV talk show not a radio show since both are TV talkers.


11 posted on 04/11/2011 5:44:36 AM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: This I Wonder32460

“I thought they were talking about a syndicated TV talk show not a radio show”

Well, I guess you may be right.
I just never think of a TV show being called
a “talk show”, but I have not seen US TV since 2005.
I do, however, listen to “talk shows” all day via internet.


12 posted on 04/11/2011 5:52:00 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud to be a Birther.)
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To: abb

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=148341&nid=125570
Japan, Mid East Crises Take Steam Out Of ‘11 Global Ad Expansion

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/04/Heritage-s-Luce-Award-Goes-to-Fox-Chairman-Ailes
Heritage’s Luce Award Goes to Fox Chairman Ailes

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/04/10/journalism/index.html
The Washington Post’s dependence on the government it covers

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704641604576255742421018756.html
Couric Explores Show With Lauer


13 posted on 04/11/2011 6:34:28 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: maggief

One rung wss my cousin’s husband, who was a TV news executive at the time in the 1970’s


14 posted on 04/11/2011 6:35:45 AM PDT by gusty
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To: abb
Maybe she’ll be lucky enough to appear on the “Young Turks” non-news Anti-America YouTube program. The guy makes nonsensical pretend reports in his basement all day long, pausing only long enough for his mom to bring him some cookies and baloney sandwiches. He’s never right once, even accidentally
15 posted on 04/11/2011 6:45:43 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: gusty

Sorry for your cousin.

FWIW:

http://www.nationalledger.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=16&num=15743

More from Star: “After landing her first TV news job at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, Klein claims that Katie plunged into a steamy affair with a married, considerably older CNN exec. Soon, says the author, they were the talk of the newsroom - and were even spotted “making out.” Klein writes that the exec saved her from getting fired several times. But even though Katie ditched the CNN honcho when she accepted a job at an NBC affiliate in Miami in the mid-1980’s, his marriage soon ended.”

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The report details that once in Miami, Klein claims, Katie quickly lined up another high-profile lover, a 12-years-older, married, dad-of-two who was a media spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department. “[That] position put him in the know and made him a source par excellence for an ambitious young journalist like Katie,” writes Klein. The two dated until Katie left Miami for Washington D.C. and took a job at anther NBC affiliate, according to the author.


16 posted on 04/11/2011 6:47:22 AM PDT by maggief
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To: abb

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/play_for_today_DvUr27zHZUdSMiEDyeeeJP
Play for ‘Today’ - Chris Cuomo for Lauer spot?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704641604576255201735560600.html
Time Warner Eyes Headquarters Move

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/2011/04/who-needs-newspapers-one-couples-answer.html#comments
Who needs newspapers? One couple’s answer

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/connie-chung-the-times-just-aren%E2%80%99t-right-for-network-anchors-anymore_b60883
Connie Chung: ‘The times just aren’t right for network anchors anymore’


17 posted on 04/11/2011 6:50:15 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
CBS believed its best, maybe only, hope was to throw out the traditional format and attract new viewers with a more interactive and accessible half-hour built around Ms. Couric.

This is called the SSDA model: Same $hit Different A$$hole

18 posted on 04/11/2011 6:55:50 AM PDT by N. Theknow (A gun in the hand, beats a cop on the phone.)
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To: abb
One would like to imagine they learned their lesson. One would like to imagine that instead of shutting down bureaus and firing journalists to give an obscene amount of money to an anchor they'd try out the novelty of, oh, I dunno, re-opening their foreign bureaus and hiring men and women to do the real work of reporting and whatever talking head they hire to anchor can go without the millions they gave to Couric.

But I wouldn't hold my breath.
19 posted on 04/11/2011 7:01:29 AM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: maggief

Looks like her knee pads are no longer working for her.


20 posted on 04/11/2011 7:16:39 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: abb

Maybe CBS could start The Katie and Danny Show. It would be like Jerry Springer but not as serious and intellectual.


21 posted on 04/11/2011 7:31:40 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
Maybe CBS could start The Katie and Danny Show. It would be like Jerry Springer but not as serious and intellectual.

Been there, done that. It was called "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric."

22 posted on 04/11/2011 7:38:38 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704641604576255151698198750.html
Facing Default, Publisher Lee Enterprises Sells ‘Junk’ to Foil Distressed Investors

http://www.baycitizen.org/business/story/chronicle-buildings-transformation/
What was once a grand old newspaper building may become a techie campus

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thecutline/20110411/bs_yblog_thecutline/jonathan-alter-talks-about-his-post-newsweek-plans
Jonathan Alter talks about his post-Newsweek plans


23 posted on 04/11/2011 10:57:00 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: maggief

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/business/media/12anchor.html?_r=1&hp
Front-Runner for CBS Anchor Is ‘60 Minutes’ Reporter


24 posted on 04/11/2011 1:37:29 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Hey Abb have you been to Drudge just now they saying that be at CBS evening news really job demonation at the network who watch CBS evening news anymore I don’t know anybody

I don’t know who watch in my family my friends or anybody who watch CBS Evening news

My father watch Fox news channel
My mom is watch Spanish novelas

MY brother probably watch Celebrity reality show on E

I don’t know anybody watch Katie and CBS gang


25 posted on 04/11/2011 3:40:19 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks abb.
Ms. Couric is pursuing the idea of her own syndicated talk show, possibly with her former "Today" show co-host, Matt Lauer.
She's a pro-jihadist partisan media shill.


26 posted on 09/15/2011 8:12:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: abb
Couric is secretly going to leave CBS News in order to upstage Sarah Palin's run for the White House, by declaring her OWN run to primary Obama...

Breaking news...

Sarc...

Cheers!

27 posted on 09/15/2011 8:44:48 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: maggief

It’s kind of a pity that Katie had no interest in advancement when she worked at Arlington Pizza Hut as a hostess in the last 1970s, since I was the assistant manager there.


28 posted on 09/15/2011 8:58:15 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: AlexW
Marxist talk radio, wow.

I believe she's after a syndicated TV show. More Oprah, not Rush.

29 posted on 09/15/2011 9:13:59 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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