ABC's Katie Couric negotiating deal at Yahoo -source

Reuters

LOS ANGELES, Nov 22 (Reuters) - ABC newswoman and populardaytime talk show host Katie Couric is negotiating a deal withYahoo Inc, a source with knowledge of the discussionssaid on Friday.

The negotiations would not affect her daytime talk show"Katie," which is currently in its second season at theDisney-owned television channel, the source told Reuters oncondition of anonymity because the talks had not concluded.

No further details were available. Yahoo did not respond torequests for comment.

The Hollywood Reporter said on Friday Couric was negotiatingan exit package with ABC, where she has a role as a specialcorrespondent for ABC News in addition to her daytime show.

While ABC would not confirm Couric's move, an executivefamiliar with the situation did say she had an opportunity andalluded to a link-up with Yahoo.

"Katie is an incredible journalist and this was anopportunity that she couldn't pass up," the executive said.

"Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News andYahoo we know that Katie will continue to work closely with usand welcome her on our air anytime."

Couric joined ABC less than three years ago after anchoringthe evening news at CBS, following a long stint at NBC's"Today" show.

The Hollywood Reporter said Couric is expected to finish herdaytime talk show's second season and a decision about herfuture will not be made until December, when November ratingsare in.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, hoping to revive growth at thestruggling Internet company, has been trying to attract Internettraffic to the company's many sites, partly by paying top-dollarfor premium content. In August, the AllThingsD website reportedthat Mayer was personally orchestrating a Web interview showfeaturing Couric.

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