Katie Couric stepping down from the CBS Evening News!

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After much speculation Katie Couric is indeed stepping down from the CBS Evening News.

I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’m really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we’ve been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I’ve done for 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning. In making the decision to move on, I know the Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future.”

“I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling,” she says, adding that other details, including when and where the show will air, are “still being discussed.”

“The bottom line is that I love doing all kinds of different stories,” says Couric, 54. “I have a lot of areas of interest and I want to be able to fulfill all of that.

I think the show was too serious for Katie. I see her as a fun fun personality who needed to spread her wings into a more upbeat program…what do you think?

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