Everyone knew it was coming, and now it's official: anchor Katie Couric is leaving "CBS Evening News" when her contract ends in June.
For the official announcement, Couric chose to give the scoop to People magazine instead of her own news network. Couric told People: “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News. I'm really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we've been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I've done for 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning. In making the decision to move on, I know the Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future."
CBS said: "CBS News, like Katie herself, is looking forward to the next chapter."
Ouch. That sounds a little like a "don't let the door hit ya" kind of statement.
CBS is expected to name Scott Pelley the new anchor of the “CBS Evening News” sometime next week.
As for Couric, she wants to do a daily syndicated talk show and the current rumors are that ABC is interested.