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Couric, CBS say she isn't leaving soon

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  • Wall Street Journal reports Couric to leave network long before contract expires
  • CBS, Couric, don't specifically deny report, but say no plans for changes
  • Couric started on evening news in 2006, but trails rivals in ratings
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(CNN) -- CBS News and "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric are downplaying a Wall Street Journal report that Couric plans to leave the network long before her contract expires in 2011.

CBS anchor Katie Couric says she is "working hard and having fun."

Couric's contract with CBS began with much fanfare in 2006, but for most of that time the network's evening newscast has continued to trail rivals ABC and NBC by wide margins.

In a pair of statements, neither the network nor Couric flatly denied the report, but both downplayed any pending split.

"We are very proud of the 'CBS Evening News,' particularly our political coverage, and we have no plans for any changes regarding Katie or the broadcast," the network said in a written statement.

In a separate statement, Couric said she is "working hard and having fun" on the broadcast.

"My colleagues continue to impress me with their commitment to the newscast, and I am very proud of the show we put on every day," she said.

The Wall Street Journal article, published Wednesday, quoted unnamed "CBS news executives" and "people close to Katie Couric" saying she would leave possibly soon after next year's presidential inauguration.

The newspaper also carried the statements from CBS and Couric. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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