LOS ANGELES — Is Katie Couric cutting the TV cord? Yahoo officially announced Monday that Couric is joining its ranks as its “global anchor.”
After more than three decades on the air as a journalist and talk show hostess, the 56-year-old will now add Internet explorer to her resume, helping to develop global coverage for Yahoo. As part of her new position, which is still being defined, Couric will conduct monthly interview series and serve as the “face” of Yahoo News.
The confirmation comes after word leaked late last week that she’d be jumping ship from ABC News for more digital pastures.
“Katie’s depth of experience, her intellectual curiosity, and her charisma make her the perfect choice to anchor Yahoo News and the whole Yahoo Network. Her unmatched energy, savvy, and versatility enables her to connect with audiences across the globe,” said Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo.
Couric’s venture into the digital space — which had many scratching their heads, viewing it as a downgrade — follows a storied TV presence. She served as co-host of NBC’s “Today” for 15 years before leaving in 2006 to anchor “CBS Evening News.” Her time there drew its share of criticism; she ultimately departed in 2011.
She’s also expected to negotiate an early exit from her deal with ABC News, where she took on the role of “special correspondent” (i.e. guest co-hosting “Good Morning America,” etc.) as part of a pact with Disney, which distributed her talk show.
Couric joins recent Yahoo editorial team additions Megan Liberman, David Pogue and Matt Bai (all alumni of the New York Times).