NBC envisions a Today w/o Couric
The UVA grad with the popular smile and seemingly caffeinated good cheer is causing fear in the halls of her employer, NBC. A story in today's Wall Street Journal reveals that Couric's closely-watched decision on whether to bolt the Today show for rival CBS is "just weeks away" and that her departure has frustrated NBC execs weighing their options with three possible replacements: Campbell Brown, Natalie Morales, and Meredith Vieira.
The Journal, citing "people familiar with the situation" reports that CBS has offered the former UVA Lawnie about $15 million a year to leave her 15-year co-host spot on the three-hour-long morning program to take over Dan Rather's anchor chair at CBS's 30-minute "Evening News" and to contribute to the long-running "newsmagazine" show 60 Minutes.
Couric's older sister, Emily Couric, was a community leader who served as a Virginia state senator and was eyed as a likely gubernatorial prospect until her death in October 2001 due to pancreatic cancer.