With a new round of layoffs expected this fall, CBS News is being trimmed to the bone. Rebecca Dana on the dramatic drop in ratings, strange BlackBerry blackouts, and eager suitors for anchor Katie Couric.On Monday, Katie Couric begins her fifth, and quite possibly final, year of hard labour as anchor of the CBS Evening News.
Four years and a reported $60 million later, Couric now sits atop a news division that is in many ways unrecognizable as the one-time home of Walter Cronkite—or even the deep-pocketed, star-struck company that lured Couric to Cronkite’s vacant chair with promises of wealth, fame, and a place in history.
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