Report: Katie Couric, CBS Discussing Pay Cut as Contract Talks Begin

5:42 PM PST 12/20/2010 by THR staff
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'CBS Evening News' anchor also could expand her role at the network.

Katie Couric is in early talks on a new contract with CBS Corp. that could see the CBS Evening News anchor take a pay cut while expanding her role at the company, Bloomberg reported, citing anonymous sources.

The network began meeting with Couric's agent at CAA early this month, according to Bloomberg, which reported that both parties have agreed that Couric must take a pay cut to remain at CBS, whose evening news lags behind NBC and ABC in the ratings with a nightly average of 5.7 million viewers.

In addition, viewership for CBS' news program has dropped by 24% from when Couric took over in 2006, a bigger drop than both NBC and ABC have experienced during that same period.

It's not clear what Couric's expanded role at the company might entail; she currently takes assignments for CBS' "60 Minutes" in addition to her Evening News duties.

"Katie is enjoying herself at CBS and is proud of her award-winning show," her spokesman told Bloomberg. A CBS spokesman declined to comment.

Couric, who is scheduled to appear on Fox's Glee in February, also is reportedly being pursued by several syndicators to host a daytime talk show.

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