TV viewers may see a reunion of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer on a new daytime talk show, reports today’s Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal says Couric and Lauer have discussed the possibility as they both approach the end of their contracts with their respective employers. Couric’s CBS Evening News contract expires in early June; Lauer’s agreement to co-host NBC’s Today lapses at the end of next year. His co-host, Meredith Vieira, is likely to leave the show later this year, according to sources.
From the Journal article:
The stakes of losing both Mr. Lauer and Ms. Vieira are enormous for NBC. Losing two anchors in less than two years could upset the morning-news juggernaut, which is one of the few jewels at the NBC broadcast network. While NBC trails its competitors in the prime-time hours, “Today” has ranked No. 1 in mornings each week for more than 15 consecutive years.
Couric’s show could end up at CBS, NBCUniversal or even Time Warner Inc. Former Today producer and NBCUniversal exec Jeff Zucker is involved in talks about the possible Couric/Lauer reunion, according to the Journal’s source.