Katie Couric is leaving the CBS Evening News anchor chair.
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Now comes the guessing game as to where she may land next. After working at NBC and CBS, some observers have given several compelling reasons why she may get a talk show on ABC. Although she's leaving the anchor chair, she could continue with a talk show at CBS, especially since the official announcement of her departure said nothing about her leaving the network, just the newscast.
Even before this announcement, media pros were weighing in on whether Couric's five years as the face of CBS News were worth the money. Even though the newscast remains in distant third place, she was able to move the news division away from the controversy surrounding former anchor Dan Rather.
Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes remains the frontrunner to become the next CBS Evening News anchor. His background blends in more readily with the CBS News reputation for delivering hard news. It's unlikely that he'll follow Couric's dancing appearance on the Fox hit Glee.
It's also unlikely that his salary will be anywhere close to Couric's. It will be interesting to see if the network and TV critics will expect him to generate a huge shift in the broadcast's ratings when he goes up against NBC's Brian Williams and ABC's Diane Sawyer.