Couric criticism over salary

CBS News chief Sean McManus says that it

** FILE ** In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, CBS news anchor Katie Couric is shown in New York. The "CBS Evening News" audience has taken a noticeable dip ever since the latest round of speculation over Katie Couric's job. The broadcast averaged 5.34 million viewers last week, breaking a record low for CBS News' flagship show that had been set the week before, according to Nielsen Media Research. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS News chief Sean McManus says that it's
unfair to criticize Katie Couric's multimillion-dollar salary at a
time when jobs are being cut at the news division. McManus also
says he expects the evening news anchor to remain at CBS "for a
long time."

He offered the strongest public signal yet on Wednesday that the
network is interested in Couric beyond the May 2011 expiration of
her current contract - a possibility that was once considered
remote.

McManus also says CBS is cutting jobs across all of its
broadcasts as a result of the tough economic climate faced by media
companies. He would not say how many jobs would be lost but said
reports that it would be as many as 150 were inaccurate.

CBS is closing its offices in Moscow and Tel Aviv, although the
network would keep personnel in Russia and Israel.

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