Katie Couric to Make ‘CBS Evening News’ Departure Official This Week

5:51 AM PST 04/25/2011 by Georg Szalai
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“60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley is expected to succeed her.

NEW YORK - Katie Couric is expected to publicly acknowledge this week that she will leave the CBS Evening News anchor chair after five years, according to the NY Times.

After she anchors the CBS coverage of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, the network also plans to announce her successor next week, according to the paper. 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley is expected to take over for Couric.

Couric’s CBS contract ends on June 4, and CBS News wants a month for the formal transition, which explains the plans for the two-step announcement in the coming days, according to the Times.

Couric’s decision and announcement on her next career step could well come after CBS News publicly confirms its plans.

She has in recent appearances, including in a return to the Today studio where she used to work, said she is still deciding her future. A syndicated daytime talk show has been a key focus for her, but experts say coming up with a hit in today’s syndication market won’t be easy.

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