It's been nearly a decade since Katie Couric said goodbye to the "Today Show," but media insiders are pointing to signs that she might be headed back to NBC in the near future.
Both the New York Daily News and CNN's Brian Stelter reported Friday that sources with inside knowledge say Couric has been in discussions with Andrew Lack, a former NBC News exec who's rejoining the network. NBC announced Friday morning that Lack had been hired to supervise all of the NBC News groups, including network programs like "Nightly News" and "Today" along with the more left-leaning MSNBC.
The possible return comes as NBC News struggles to regain its once dominant footing in the TV news race. Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer continued to rule the morning show ratings after Couric left, but ABC's "Good Morning America" managed to capitalize on the bad-will that came with Ann Curry's abrupt replacement and now regularly top "Today" in the ratings.
The network has also been plagued by Brian Williams' very public fall from grace and subsequent suspension over revelations that he distorted the truth on at least one occasion and possibly many others. Weekend anchor Lester Holt has held solid ratings in his wake, but maintains only a razor thin margin above ABC's David Muir at "World News Tonight."
Williams' suspension immediately sparked speculation about a Couric return, which she initially denied on Twitter, saying "any rumors about me and NBC completely untrue. Wishing my friends at my former home the best during this tough time."
But if the latest sources are correct, she may be going home again soon.
Couric spent nearly two decades with NBC from the late '80s until her departure from "Today" in 2006. She left to become the first female anchor to helm a network news show solo with CBS, but failed to ever snag the top-notch ratings she'd enjoyed during her time with NBC. After her CBS News gig she moved onto ABC News and then to Yahoo.