The New York Times has posted an upcoming Q&A with Katie Couric, presumably to take advantage of today’s (almost official) news that Couric will be leaving the anchor chair when her contract is up.
Perhaps reflecting the news cycle during which the Q&A was done a number of questions focus on how Couric feels about her (now former) network colleague Charlie Sheen. Answer: “I don’t really consider Charlie Sheen a colleague.”
In light of today’s news, however, the part of the interview that is most likely to interest is Couric’s admission that she has been discussing the possibility of a syndicated show with former NBC head Jeff Zucker.
Hare are the key parts:
Why do you think your broadcast remains in third place?
I believe we were in third place for 13 years before I got here, and I think habits, particularly with an evening news broadcast, move at a glacial pace. And I think that local news stations have something to do with it.
It has been rumoured that you will host a syndicated show beginning in the fall of 2012, and that Jeff Zucker might be involved.
We talk a lot and, yes, we’ve been discussing the possibilities. That’s true.
Have you thought about what you’ll do? Give stuff away like Oprah? Dance around like Ellen?
Are you saying you’re not a big fan of syndication?
No! My wife has forced me to love “Oprah” for years. I’m just asking what your show would be known for.
Hopefully for smart conversation.
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