ABC Signs Katie Couric to Multi-Platform Deal

June 6, 2011 Updated Jun 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT

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ABC Signs Katie Couric to Multi-Platform Deal

June 6, 2011 Updated Jun 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT

(Disney/ABC Television Group release) Katie Couric has a new television home.

A month after leaving as anchor of the CBS Evening News, the former "Today" co-anchor inked a multi-year, multi-platform deal with ABC, the network announced Monday.

"Katie Couric is one of television's iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her. We look forward to having Katie join the best News team in the business, and to working with her to create a dynamic and successful talk show franchise," said Anne Sweeney, president, Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair, Disney Media Networks.

Couric will host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show which is scheduled to launch in September 2012. She will also join the ABC News team, contributing to all programs and platforms.

"I'm very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979," Couric said. "It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff (Zucker), and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can't wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team."