CBS Evening News: Kiran After Katie?

With her American Morning show seemingly on its last legs in its current iteration, is co-anchor Kiran Chetry considering jumping ship to CBS? During her March 4 “Women in Media” talk to her hometown Larchmont Historical Society, Chetry did not completely rule it out. According to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck, the local newspaper, Chetry was asked whether she would like Katie Couric’s job at CBS Evening News desk in light of the fact that Couric current contract concludes soon. Chetry replied, “”Is it my ultimate goal? I don’t think so….I wonder if those jobs will continue. Because of instant access to technology, there’s no need to make an appointment to view the news to get news.”

Even if Couric’s chair is not her ultimate goal, it may be her next one (if AM’s shake-up coincides with the end of her own CNN contract). As Couric’s reportedly $15 million/year contract winds down in little over a year, CBS with its financially-distressed news division may be looking for a newer version of Couric at a cut-rate price: Chetry may well be an attractive option.

Earlier in Chetry’s Larchmont oration, she had said that Katie Couric ” is like a mentor to me and someone I aspire to be in TV news.” Like Couric, she earned her chops as a sharp, smart, and personable–and, yes, sexy–morning news co-host. (In fact, she has the “fabled legs,” too.)

Aside: If Couric’s contract is not renewed, John Roberts, Chetry’s AM co-anchor, may himself want to take another stab at Uncle Walter’s seat.

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5 Responses to “CBS Evening News: Kiran After Katie?”

  1. Al Says:

    She may be known in the larger world of news, but to the general audience of a programme such as The CBS Evening News the question would be, “Who is Kiran Chetry?” In that venue both Ms. Chetry and Mr. Roberts are “nobodies”.

  2. Kep Says:

    Kiran Chetry taking over Couric’s spot in the anchor chair? Oh boy, that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while!!!! While Chetry is a liberal hack like Couric, and Chetry’s statement that Katie is her mentor just further solidifies that belief, Kiran is really a very small fish in the news business as a whole. Unless this woman goes out and gets her hands dirty like all of the big names in news, she will remain more of a decoration on the set who will never be taken seriously enough to contend for the really important and prestigious news positions.

    So, Kiran so far as thrown out the names of Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric as her big news anchor heroes. Now, anyone still doubt that Kiran remains the liberal that she always has been from the very beginning?

  3. Kep Says:

    One more thought, Jake. These women’s functions are everywhere you look lately. Every single one of them has the same theme. Words such as empowered, accomplishments, success, competition and so on are repeated over and over again. We hear how women must stand up, be strong, be tough, bulldoze their way through. These are all things that feminists seem to be obsessed with. They have to be out there pushing and shoving and proving themselves, just like the guys.

    What ever happened to the women who were happy to raise good decent children, teach them Christian values and be there for their husbands and families to take care of the really big stuff, like skinned knees, broken hearts and all of life’s many ups and downs? Women are so self centered and power hungry these days. They act like they have no purpose and that their life is wasted if they aren’t out there digging and scratching for every little thing. Sad.

  4. jakeho Says:

    Al, in light of the fact that CBS News Prez Sean McManus just hired CNN Newsroom anchor Betty Nguyen to host CBS Morning News, it seems inconceivable that CNN American Morning co-anchors Kiran Chetry or John Roberts would be “nobodies” as to CBS Evening News. In re Roberts, it appears all the more so since he was the regular fill-in for Dan Rather and was the early favorite to replace him on CBS Evening News.

  5. Kiran: Sitting Pretty « Carpe Diem Says:

    […] as rumored and her contract concomitantly lapses, she should still have time to have a child and possibly pursue Katie Couric’s CBS Evening News chair next year (if CBS does not renew Couric’s costly contract). Nevertheless, Kiran showed scant […]

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