09 July 2007

Oh, Katie

Katie is having second thoughts about leaving the Today Show for the CBS Evening News gig. I think her second thoughts are coming a bit late.

Couric admitted to New York Magazine that there are days when she wishes she hadn't made the move to CBS.

"I have days when I'm like, Oh my God, what did I do? People are very unforgiving and very resistant to change and the biggest mistake we made is we tried new things."
Katie says the move to CBS would have been less appealing if she had known she'd be doing the more traditional "CBS Evening News" broadcast that she anchors now. Under new executive producer Rick Kaplan, the "CBS Evening News" is a more traditional hard-news evening newscast in the mold of its predecessors and competitors.

Poor Katie's evening newscast's ratings are deep in third place, and CBS has rolled back some of the changes it made last fall to shake up the format. Couric conducts fewer interviews, an outside opinion segment was scrapped and the anchor admits she's even dressing down a little to give her critics less ammunition. Oh, Katie.

She says if she had known all this would happen, the job "would have been less appealing to me. It would have required a lot more thought."

A thriftier corporate culture at CBS and colleagues who backbite anonymously in the media surprised her, she said. She also said she underestimated the feeling people would not consider her a credible news person because of her work on NBC's "Today" show, even though she thinks it's "patently unfair."

I feel you, sister. But I love me some Brian Williams.

Meanwhile, back at the base...

Katie is now being accused of slapping an editor -- after he injected a word she detested into a script!

"During the tuberculosis story in June, Couric got angry with news editor Jerry Cipriano for using a word she detested— 'sputum' —and the staff grew tense when she began slapping him 'over and over and over again' on the arm, according to a source familiar with the scene. It had seemed like a joke at first, but it quickly became clear that she wasn’t kidding."

"The stress has caused her to blow up at her staff for small infractions on the set," charges NEW YORK magazine reporter Joe Hagan, in a story set for publication on Monday.

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