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Couric preparing to take risks on CBS news

Aug. 15, 2006 at 11:31 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Incoming "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric is working in New York with network executives to shape the broadcast and "try some new things."

Though Couric said she was tempted to go on the air the last month, she has chosen instead to take time to prepare for her Sept. 5 start date, The Hollywood Reporter said.

In addition to planning with CBS News President Sean McManus and the show's Executive Producer Rome Hartman, Couric has held town hall meetings across the country to find out what viewers want in a news program.

In an interview Monday at CBS News headquarters, Couric said she will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to travel to war zones as Dan Rather did, the Reporter said.

"If I get an important interview or actually have time to do real reporting and my presence will serve the story, that's something I will consider," Couric said.

The anchor said she planned to take risks and try new things. "We're not going to be tied to the formulaic evening newscast that we've all pretty much grown up with that hasn't changed very much in the last several decades," Couric said.

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