Katie Couric Says Goodbye to NBC, Jumps Ship to CBS
April 4, 2006

Katie Couric has officially abdicated the morning throne she has ruled for 15 years, confirming Wednesday morning that she will be leaving the "Today" show and moving to CBS.

"I've decided I'll be leaving ‘Today' at the end of May," Couric revealed. "I know it's the worst kept secret in America, but I'm going to be working on ‘The CBS Evening News' and ‘60 Minutes.'"

Katie will be the first woman ever to anchor her own evening newscast. "She's a great reporter, in a line of terrific reporters that have sat in that chair," said Executive Producer Rome Hartman. "What she brings is she's real. People relate to her."

Even Katie's rivals at "Good Morning America" are wishing her well. "We know as well as anyone what it takes to be as good as she is, as long as she has done it," Diane Sawyer said.

Katie is following in the footsteps of Tom Brokaw, who also moved from morning to evening news, so it was fitting that he congratulated her in person on the set of "Today."

"You've been hugely important to us here," he told Katie. "And it doesn't mean personal connections go away."

So who's in line to take Katie's crown? Veteran broadcaster Meredith Vieira, currently a host on "The View," is expected to replace Katie. Meredith even got Donald Trump's blessing to join him in the NBC family.

"Meredith has been a friend of mine for a long time," Trump said. "If they choose Meredith, she'll do terrific."

We've also learned that Katie called CBS newsman Bob Schieffer Tuesday night to thank him for being so gracious and to say how lucky she felt to be following in the footsteps of such a gentleman.

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