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Katie Couric Leaving CBS Anchor Gig; Expected To Launch Talk Show

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Apr. 4 2011, Updated 12:55 p.m. ET

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Is Katie Couric vying to be the next Oprah?

In a long-rumored move, Couric is leaving her prestigious anchor gig at CBS Evening News and is reportedly planning to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012.

While Couric, 54, has not yet officially announced her plans, a CBS executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported the move to The Associated Press on Sunday night. Couric is expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012 and several companies are vying for her services, including CBS.

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While Couric's contract with CBS expires on June 4, it's not known exactly when she will leave the Tiffany Network.

When Couric joined CBS in 2006 back in 2006 after a highly successful run at NBC's Today show, she became the first woman to solo anchor a weekday network newscast. Despite an initial bump in the ratings and a headline-making interview with Sarah Palin ("What newspapers and magazines do you regularly read?"), Couric has been mired in third place since her debut.

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