After success at both NBC and CBS, could Katie Couric‘s next stop be ABC?
Couric, according to reports, is on the verge of inking a $20 million pact with the network that would include a talk show, as well as a working relationship with their news division.
At the heart of the deal is a weekday talk show that would begin airing next year; under the new deal, she’d also get her own specials, as well as an occasional spot on 20/20.
Couric is wrapping up the $75 million, five-year deal she signed with CBS in 2006.
“I’m in the middle of figuring out where would be the best place for me, what would be the best job for me,” Couric said. “What might appeal to me? Just the creative freedom to pick subjects, to dig deep, to have a smart intelligent conversation … that’s the kind of person I am.”
The past few weeks have been a carousel in terms of high-profile TV news jobs.
Earlier, CBS confirmed that Texas-born Scott Pelley, a 20-year veteran of the network, takes over Couric’s spot on June 6. At NBC, Ann Curry will take over for the departing Meredith Vieira (who took over for Couric in ‘06) on The Today Show.