A press release from ABC announced that the former CBS Evening News presenter will host and produce a daily one-hour daytime TV show that will hopefully serve as a replacement for The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired its last episode on May 25.
Starting this summer, Couric will join the ABC News team as well, anchoring specials, conducting interviews and participating in special events coverage. Meanwhile, the American journalist's new daytime series is scheduled to premiere in September 2012.
"I'm very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979," said Couric of the announcement. "It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff [Zucker], and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can't wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team."
In May, it was widely rumoured that Couric was close to closing a deal with ABC, but the 54-year-old's spokesperson stated that there was no deal in place at the time.
Anne Sweeney, president of DATG, praised Couric, asserting that the network was very pleased to have her come on board.
"Katie Couric is one of television's iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her," said Sweeney. "We look forward to having Katie join the best news team in the business, and to working with her to create a dynamic and successful talkshow franchise."