CBS News chief anchor Katie Couric is said to be in the final stages of negotiations that will conclude with her departure from the network's signature newscast.
Couric is instead seeking to land a major contract for a daily syndicated television program — like that of daytime talk queen Oprah Winfrey, who just stopped taping her weekday show to create her own network. But Couric's departure inevitably underscores the further diminishment of the role and status of the network anchor.
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Now an update on a game of musical chairs in Washington. This spring and summer could mark an unusual amount of turnover among key national security officials.
The secretary of defense, Robert Gates, plans to step down, and General David Petraeus is expected to leave his command of the war in Afghanistan, which raises important questions about who will be running what by the fall.