Saturday, June 4, 2011

Katie Couric's new deal TBA Monday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Disney/ABC is expected to announce as soon as Monday that Katie Couric will host a new talk show which they will syndicate beginning in September 2012, while also contributing to ABC News programs.

Couric's deal is expected to give her an ownership stake in her daytime show, which will be executive produced by former NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Zucker.

Her role at ABC News will be as part of the team, not necessarily a featured player on any one newscast. And the news division's financial investment in the Couric deal, say sources, is minimal.

ABC will have to carve out space on its owned stations for Couric in time for a targeted fall 2012 launch.  Sources say ABC is eyeing an afternoon slot for Couric and would likely give an hour back to the stations in the hopes that they'll use it to pick up Couric's show.

Couric's daytime show has been described by sources as interview-centric with the kind of human-interest stories Couric excelled at telling at "Today."  ABC's offer is also said to include primetime specials.

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