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OTRC: Katie Couric to host syndicated show in 2012?

Katie Couric appears in an undated promotional photo for the CBS Evening News. (CBS)

Katie Couric may host a syndicated show in 2012 after she ends her run as anchor of the "CBS Evening News."

The 54-year-old journalist will be leaving her post after nearly five years, with her contract expiring on June 4, the Associated Press reported, adding that no departure date has been set.

When asked about reports that say she may host a syndicated show, beginning in the fall of 2012, and whether Jeff Zucker, former president and CEO of NBC Universal, might be involved, Couric told the New York Times: "We talk a lot and, yes, we've been discussing the possibilities. That's true."

She added that she hoped her program would be known for "smart conversation."

Spokespeople for Couric and CBS have said in recent days that the two sides have been holding discussions.

In 2006, Couric, a former host of NBC's "Today" show, became the first woman to anchor a network TV evening newscast by herself when she began her job at the "CBS Evening News." The program has this year ranked third place in the ratings behind ABC and NBC.

Some reports have said that 60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley has agreed to take over her position. He and the network have not commented.

Couric has often responded to criticism about her on-air work. The anchor, who appeared on the FOX musical comedy series "Glee" earlier this year, told the New York Times that she used to be bothered when viewers called her "perky."

"I thought there was a sexist undertone to that word," she said. "It meant shallow and cute, but not somebody who had any depth. It did become a pejorative word, but listen, it's better than "bitchy."

If Couric leaves her CBS post, it will be one of the shortest for an evening news anchor. CBS' Walter Cronkite, ABC's Peter Jennings and NBC's Tom Brokaw all put in about 20 years anchoring.

In November, Couric denied that she was thinking about returning to the "Today" show on "The Wendy Williams Show."

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