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Katie Couric has been named Global News Anchor for Yahoo! News.
“It’s very exciting to be a part of a leading company at the intersection of content and technology,” Couric says. “I have great admiration for Marissa Mayer and her team and their commitment to bringing news, entertainment and information to the Yahoo community across multiple platforms. ”
Couric will debut on Yahoo! in early 2014. She’ll cover live world events while interviewing newsmakers and thought leaders. She’ll continue hosting her ABC syndicated daytime show “Katie” for the remainder of this season. Disney-ABC tells TVNewser a decision on season three of “Katie” will be made in mid-December.
“News is a definitive daily habit for our users,” adds Mayer. “Katie will work with our talented editorial team to pioneer a new chapter of digital journalism.”
But don’t expect a traditional newscast online. “We are trying to be very open-minded,” Couric tells Capital New York. “I don’t think it is going to be a half-hour evening news broadcast or a two-hour morning show.”
While she won’t be working directly for ABC News anymore, she’ll still turn up on ABC News digital channels.
Yahoo’s press release after the jump.
THR’s Marisa Guthrie reports Katie Couric “is close to finalizing a wide-ranging deal with Internet giant Yahoo!” and in the process exiting her contract with ABC News. That contract was part of a larger deal with Disney-ABC for her syndicated show. Disney-ABC expects to make a decision on the future of “Katie” around mid-December, a source tells us, but even if it does end, Couric’s ABC News deal would have one more year on it. ABC News appears ready to let her out of it.
“Katie is an incredible journalist and this was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up,” an ABC newser in the know tells TVNewser. “Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News and Yahoo we know that Katie will continue to work closely with us and welcome her on our air anytime.”
When ABC News anchor Amy Robach underwent a double mastecomy last week, her surgeon found a second malignant tumor.
In a note to the “Good Morning America” staff, obtained by TVNewser, Robach writes that her prognosis is good, adding, “I got very lucky finding the cancer through our ABC sponsored mammogram and I got lucky choosing an aggressive approach, bilateral mastectomy, because while in surgery last week my surgeon found a second, undetected malignant tumor.” The cancer also spread to Robach’s sentinel lymph node, so more treatments are planned.
Robach had gone in for a mammogram — her first — in late September. It was recorded for a “GMA” story as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The results detected a tumor and within days, Robach was in surgery.
“The unbelievable outpouring of support from ABC began from the first moment I received my diagnosis,” Robach writes. “It brought so many tears of joy to my eyes and warmed my heart more than you’ll ever know to see what my ABC family did for me and for my entire family.”
Robach plans to return to ABC Dec. 2.
“Physically and emotionally I have been through the ringer, but I am emerging on the other side so much stronger.”
Amy’s full note after the jump…
The broadcast networks all produced special reports for the moment of silence marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy this afternoon.
In the Washington Post today, Melinda Henneberger asks how journalists would report the news of JFK’s assassination. Very differently, is the answer. Henneberger talks to several reporters who were in Dallas that day, including Bob Schieffer and Jim Lehrer.
You’ve heard the story about how Bob Schieffer drove Lee Harvey Oswald‘s mother to the Dallas Police department. But did you know he did it in a shiny new Cadillac that was on loan to the newspaper he worked for:
Schieffer says his buddy who was the paper’s car reporter had a new loaner he would test-drive until it was time to trade it in for the next one. Then he’d kiss his car of the week goodbye and send it off with a glowing review in the Sunday paper. “The mores,” the longtime CBS newsman says dryly, “were a little different in those days.”
Henneberger surmises, “as the media have become more educated and elite, journalists have lost something.”
“The quotes were better” before we lost so much access, Schieffer adds. Even with technological advances and 24/7 deadlines, he’s convinced that “we got the news out a lot faster” without all the layers of lawyers and image-makers in between them and the facts.
The networks are planning special reports this afternoon marking the moment Pres. John F. Kennedy died, 50 years ago today. A moment of silence is planned for 1:30pmET, followed by the singing of “America the Beautiful” by the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. The network special reports will begin at 1:25pm.
Bob Schieffer, who was in Ft. Worth/Dallas 50 years ago today, will anchor the report for CBS News from Dallas. George Stephanopoulos anchors for ABC News with Cokie Roberts in New York and Byron Pitts in Dallas.
Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC live from Dealey Plaza in Dallas, joined by Tom Brokaw in New York. NBC’s special report will begin with audio of the original 1963 news bulletin from Don Pardo, who is still with NBC as the announcer for “Saturday Night Live.” WATCH:
- NBCU is close to acquiring part of All Things D, the tech news and event company that is leaving its home at Dow Jones. The WSJ reports NBCUniversal will have a minority stake in the new Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher venture.
- October marked the 21st straight month that for the Yahoo-ABC News Network as the No. 1 news site. The sites had 82 million unique visitors, a +16% advantage over No. 2 CNN with 70 million.
- CNN Digital’s mobile platforms had their biggest month ever in September. The sites brought in more than 32 million users making CNN the No. 1 mobile news source for 67 consecutive months.
The interview will air on a “20/20″ Thanksgiving special on November 29. Excerpts will begin airing next week across all ABC News platforms, including on “The View.” With Walters set to retire next year, the “20/20″ special will include a look back at interviews she has done with every President and First Lady since Richard Nixon was in office.
ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is out of rehab and back home. This afternoon she tweeted:
Hello everyone! I am home, and so grateful for all your support and well wishes. I am so much better and taking it one day at a time.
— Elizabeth Vargas (@EVargasABC) November 19, 2013
Vargas began treatment for alcohol addiction last month. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol, and feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming,” Vargas said in a statement midway through her treatment. “I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News.”
She is expected back on the air as early as next week.
Following interviews with Fox News and CNN over the weekend, followed by more public antics yesterday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared on both “Good Morning America” and “Today” this morning. Matt Lauer traveled to Toronto to interview Ford last night. While he says he’s “not perfect,” he did say he plans to run for re-election: