By Tim Molloy
Katie Couric is parting ways with ABC News and looking toward a new role with Yahoo, an ABC source told TheWrap.
“Katie is an incredible journalist and this was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up,” said the ABC executive. “Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News and Yahoo we know that Katie will continue to work closely with us and welcome her on our air anytime.”
A person familiar with Couric’s position told TheWrap the move had nothing to do with her syndicated talk show, “Katie,” and that the Yahoo deal is not yet complete. Details of her new role were unclear.
Though it’s been widely speculated that Couric might one day reunite with her former “Today” executive producer Jeff Zucker at CNN, two sources told TheWrap that nothing is in the works between Couric and the cable network. Zucker took over leadership of CNN in January.
Couric joined ABC News in June 2011 as part of a multi-year deal that also included her hosting the talk show, which is now suffering in the ratings. Zucker initially executive produced the show, but left to head CNN.
ABC News and Yahoo announced a news alliance in October 2011 that includes ABC News reports being streamed on Yahoo’s massive site. Couric was one of the ABC News luminaries on hand to celebrate the announcement at the Times Square studio of “Good Morning America.”
Her exit from ABC News will be the second time she has parted ways with the network: She started her career there as a desk assistant in 1979. As part of the network’s news team this time, Couric anchored specials, conducted interviews, and guest anchored on “GMA.”
Between her stints on “Today” and joining ABC News, she spent five years anchoring “The CBS Evening News.”