August 17, 2006 8:55 AM PDT

CBS to Webcast Couric news program

CBS will introduce a live, online broadcast of its "Evening News with Katie Couric" when the program debuts on Sept. 5, the network announced Thursday.

The online portion of the simulcast, which will be supported by advertisements and offered to Web users for free, will be available to those who register to have access to the content synchronized with their time zone. After its airing, each night's "Evening News" will be available online in on-demand form. Viewers can watch the entire program or select reports that interest them.

CBS will be supplementing the "Evening News" simulcasts with additional Web-only content. These include a regularly updated blog called "Couric & Company," designed to provide news and relevant links throughout the day, as well as a daily on-demand video clip called "First Look," which previews the headlines that will be explored in more depth that evening.

Two more Web-only features will be available through Apple Computer's iTunes store, as well as on CBS's Web site: a five-minute segment called "Eye to Eye," which broadcasts extended interviews with the personalities from that night's "Evening News," and "Katie Couric's Notebook," a 1-minute look into a specific news item. The joint CBS-iTunes content will be available for free as both audio and video podcasts.

Live simulcasts of television programs have largely been limited to niche cable networks like the MTV Networks-owned MTVU, which is currently beta testing a broadband version of its college-oriented channel.

Still, other broadcast networks' evening news programs have been dabbling in Web and mobile content. Last fall, NBC's "Nightly News" made its content available online free of charge after its TV broadcast. And last month, "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams started supplementing his program's broadcast content with a video blog, or vlog, that is made available earlier in the day--a concept similar to the "First Look" feature that CBS is now adding to "Evening News."

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Couric is an unmitigated Partisan, same as Rather
For pop culture she's great.

News? No way.

Now we'll see her "in depth" interviews - with the latest _celebrity_.
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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We need someone to tell us the news. not just their side of it
Get rid of her partisin news reporting.
Posted by zeeboid (92 comments )
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Nice attempt. . .
Good to see the technology being used. Too bad the content is
going to be so awful.
Posted by sbwinn (216 comments )
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Lies
Why would I watch CBS, NBC, ABC News online when it's half truths?

no tnx
Posted by paulsecic (298 comments )
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Newshour Is The Only One Worth Watching
Newshour will spend 10-15 minutes in depth covering a story. Couric spends 15 minutes deciding what shade of pearls to wear, and 2 minutes on a news story. Her idea of important news is "What's The Latest In Barbeque Grilling".

Also, don't you think it's odd that one of the countries that has the biggest impact on our society -- Mexico, gets almost no news coverage? Thanks to Couric and the other pretty boy anchors, we know more about what the latest fashion trend is for this Fall than what is going on in Mexico. We should have at least 5 minutes of news coverage of Mexico EVERY DAY.
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The CBS Evening news, with......
....most of us watching something else.

Perky Katie is evil.

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