CBS News and “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric have begun preliminary talks about a new contract, Bloomberg News reports. Couric’s current deal with CBS ends next year.

Not surprisingly, it appears that any potential deal would result in lower pay for Couric, who signed a record-breaking $15 million a year in 2006.

That would be in line with what CBS CEO Les Mooves said in August of rich anchor conracts: ”Those days are over, because the news no longer generates the kind of revenue or success that’s worth doing [those contracts].”

Later that month he backtracked a bit, saying that they “haven’t even begun” to negotiate with Couric.

Read more