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Couric’s departure date set

Continues with plans for syndicated talk show

Katie Couric’s final day on “CBS Evening News” will be Thursday.

Couric, whose contract with the Eye ends June 6, confirmed in April that she would be leaving the program after a five-year tenure; she will be replaced in the anchor role by Scott Pelley. Her “Evening News” exec producer Rick Kaplan departed the net last Thursday to take over the exec producer slot at ABC’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour,” vacated last year by Ian Cameron.

Couric is planning a syndicated talkshow, though she has yet to sign with either of the networks interested in distributing it, ABC and CBS.

Sources told Variety last month that ABC might put a network daytime slot on the table; others have speculated that the Alphabet could give back an hour of network time to affiliates and agree to run the new Couric program in the newly freed-up timeslot on their O&Os.

Recently, CBS was said to have pulled its offer for Couric’s upcoming yakker off the table, but that doesn’t mean the Eye is out of the running — the Eye hasn’t waived its right to match any offer Couric gets until early next month, and it’s unlikely that ABC will make a serious play for the high-profile anchor until they can be sure that she’s free to accept it.