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Katie Couric to ABC: The ‘worst kept secret’ is out

Katie Couric (By Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

Couric is making the jump from nightly news to syndicated television: She’ll host a syndicated daytime talk show that will debut next year, according to a statement released by Disney/ABC Monday. Former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will be executive producer.

The statement heralded Couric’s career accomplishments, which include back-to-back Murrow Awards for Best Newscast while she was at the helm of “CBS Evening News” and a 2000 Peabody Award for a series on colon cancer.

Couric took to Twitter to announce the news to her 200,000-plus fanbase, saying the “worst kept secret” was now out:

I’m so excited to join the @abc family...finally the worst kept secret is out!! than a minute ago via WhoSay Favorite Retweet ReplyKatie Couric

No doubt the world will be hearing more about Couric’s path in the immediate future — she’ll be on “The Tonight Show” this evening. Couric’s move follows similar high-profile switches made this year, among them Keith Olbermann’s departure from MSNBC’s “Countdown” and Meredith Vieira’s announcement last month that she was leaving “Today.”

What do you think? Would you watch a Couric-hosted talk show, or is her strength in nightly news?

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