Katie Couric has signed a multi-year, multi-platform agreement with ABC Television group, the company announced today.
Under the deal, Couric will host and produce a now-untitled nationally syndicated talk show that will premiere in September 2012, and will also join the ABC News team.
Additionally, Couric will reunite with Jeff Zucker, the former NBC-Universal topper who will executive produce her new talk show that will be based in New York. Zucker exec produced Today when Couric was the co-anchor.
“I’m very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979,” Couric said in a statement. “It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show.”
Already, eight of the ABC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno, which represent nearly 23% of the nation’s TV households, have already cleared Couric’s new show in the 3:00 p.m. time slot. As part of the announcement, ABC will return the last hour of its daytime network block to affiliates no earlier than September 2012, but says it continues to support General Hospital. (GH typically runs in that last hour, which is either 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.) It plans to launch The Chew in September of this year and The Revolution in January 2012.
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