SAN FRANCISCO – Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor a news program for the Internet company as it tries to expand its audience and sell more advertising.
Monday’s announcement confirms recent published reports that Couric would diversify into online video programming after spending decades in broadcast television as a talk-show host and news anchor.
The 56-year-old Couric will continue to host her daytime talk show, “Katie,” on ABC even after she becomes Yahoo’s “global anchor” beginning next year.
The new job at Yahoo Inc. will give Couric an opportunity to report on breaking news events around the world and interview major international figures.
Couric first became a household name as a co-host of the “Today” show on NBC. She defected to CBS in 2006 to host that network’s evening news.