It's finally official. Katie Couric, who left her spot as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" in May, today signed a multi-year, multi-platform deal with ABC.
Couric, who herself acknowledged that her pending deal with ABC has been the worst kept secret in the news and entertainment business, will host and produce a nationally syndicated daily talk show to be distributed by Disney and ABC.
She will also anchor specials, conduct interviews, and participate in special events coverage for ABC News. According to the news release, Couric's involvement with the ABC News team will begin this summer.
The new talk show, however, isn't expected to debut until September 2012. That project will be produced by Jeff Zucker, the former president of NBCUniversal who executive produced the "Today" show when Couric was on with Matt Lauer.
Scotty Pelley takes over for Couric as anchor on the "CBS Evening News" starting tonight.