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April 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Katie Couric has confirmed reports that she is stepping down as anchor of the CBS Evening News
after five years. In a statement to People magazine, she said: “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric told People. “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.” EARLIER:

Katie Couric plans to announce this week that she is leaving the CBS Evening News, the New York Times reported today (Tuesday), citing four unnamed people with knowledge of the exit plan. It said that she will make her official announcement before Friday, the day she is due to anchor the network’s coverage of the royal wedding. The network then plans to announce her replacement — presumably 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley — sometime next week. Couric’s contract ends on June 4. The Times also indicated that the network is interviewing candidates to take over as executive producer of the Evening News when Pelley moves to the anchor desk. Meanwhile, after watching a perky Bob Schieffer on Sunday’s Face the Nation commenting on the royal wedding, some viewers may have been wishing that he had been chosen to anchor the network’s coverage of the pomp. “I’m a softy for weddings,” he remarked, “and I usually shed a tear. But probably not this time. This time I’ll just be smiling, because as it unfolds in all its glory, I will be reminded this is not our prince and princess. It’s theirs, the Brits, and they are paying for the whole thing.”