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Jun062011

Katie Couric Joins ABC to Host Syndicated Talk Show

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Katie Couric is headed to ABC. For weeks, it was rumored that the veteran journalist was nearing a deal with the network, and on Monday the Disney/ABC Television Group made it official, calling the deal a multi-year, multi-platform agreement.

Couric will host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show that will debut in Sept. 2012.

"We hope it will be a topical show dealing with all sorts of compelling, important issues," Couric told ABC News Radio on Monday, "and we hope it will be a lot of fun as well."

"This will be one place where you can go to make sense of a very complicated world and figure out ways that you can feel elevated and...improve the quality of your life," Couric said.

She will also contribute to ABC News platforms starting this summer.

"I'm very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979," Couric said in a statement. "It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show...and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can't wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team."

The network said that Couric's still-unnamed show has already been confirmed to air at 3 p.m. in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif.  It will be produced by Couric's former Today show boss, Jeff Zucker.

In a statement, Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney called Couric "one of television's iconic figures" and said "we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her."

Couric stepped down as anchor of the CBS Evening News last month.

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