Katie Couric jumps to Yahoo

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's official! Katie Couric is heading to internet giant Yahoo with a fancy new title as "Global News Anchor."

The announcement came just days after news broke that Couric was seeking an early exit to her ABC News contract.

"Katie’s depth of experience, her intellectual curiosity, and her charisma make her the perfect choice to anchor Yahoo News and the whole Yahoo Network," Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said.

Couric's new role at Yahoo will begin early next year, where she is expected to host an interview show similar to PBS' Charlie Rose. Also according to Mayer, Couric will also be covering live world events with a pool of Yahoo reporters, including columnist David Pogue and former New York Times reporter Matt Bai.

“It's very exciting to be a part of a leading company at the intersection of content and technology. Joining Yahoo offers a tremendous opportunity to reach people all around the world in the way that they're using and consuming media today," Couric said in a press release.

Couric is not new to the digital world. While she was at CBS News, Couric launched her own YouTube channel, hosted a webshow called @KatieCouric, and anchored a number of "web-only" broadcasts during the 2008 presidential election season. Just last year, she began hosting Katie's Take, a feature on Yahoo, in partnership with Couric's other employer ABC.

"What I really am excited about in working with the team at Yahoo is that there are no rules right now, we are going to try things, we are going to see how they go, we are going to see what people are interested in," Couric said. “I think it is an opportunity to continue experimenting and trying new things in an online format, bringing some of the same principles that you see in broadcast journalism to the web."

Couric is perhaps best known as the "most popular" host in the history of NBC's Today Show, which she co-anchored for 15 years. She left the Peacock Network in 2006 and jumped to CBS where she became the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. In 2011, she made another big career move by returning to ABC to host her eponymous syndicated talkshow Katie, which is almost certain to get canceled this season.

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