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Report: Couric Considering Talk Show On ABC

MSNBC.COM - CBS has pulled its offer to produce a syndicated talk show for outgoing evening news anchor Katie Couric, and she is now considering a deal at ABC.

A source close to the CBS discussions said the company decided about a week and a half ago to take the offer off the table.

"The negotiations just went on way too long," said a person familiar with the situation at CBS. "The deal just kept getting more and more rich, with more and more people involved."

The source said Couric wanted to maintain a strong relationship with the news division, thereby raising doubts about her commitment to work on original content for a daily show for upwards of 40 weeks a year.

A Couric source responded that CBS got frustrated she didn't quickly agree to its offer, and executives became upset when word leaked that she might go to ABC instead.

Scott Pelley to replace Couric in anchor role

"They are now in cover-your-ass mode," added that source. "They were concerned they were so exposed and had presumed she would stay there. If she goes elsewhere, they are going to look bad."

NBC dropped out of the bidding of Couric's services, and sources in her camp said she decided not to pursue an opportunity with Warner Bros. syndication tied to appearances on CNN.

However, the offer from ABC is real and is in consideration. It includes a syndicated daily talk show and a role on ABC News, including specials and some election coverage. But no deal has yet been made. >>>Click here to read more

 

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