LOS ANGELES, April 26 News anchor Katie Couric
said on Tuesday she was leaving her job at 'CBS Evening News"
but said details of her next job were still being discussed.
Couric, 54, who became the first female solo anchor of a
U.S. weeknight network newscast in 2006, said in an exclusive
statement to People magazine that she was "looking at a format
that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional
Details of when and where such a show would air had yet to
be determined, she said.
"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," Couric said in her statement.
Couric said earlier this month that she was considering
other options after her five-year contract at "CBS Evening
News" ends in early June.
Couric, a former co-host of rival NBC's morning talk show
"Today" for 15 years, has been unable to raise her CBS news
broadcast out of third place in the ratings despite the initial
media hoopla over her appointment.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Steve Gorman)