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Couric’s ‘Katie’ Show to Be Available in 94% of U.S., ABC Says

March 15 (Bloomberg) -- “Katie,” former CBS News anchor Katie Couric’s upcoming talk show, reached agreements making the program available in 94 percent of the U.S., according to Walt Disney Co.’s ABC broadcast network.

The show will start Sept. 10, “Katie” executive producer Jeff Zucker said today in an e-mailed statement from ABC, which is distributing the show.

Couric is starting a talk show after Oprah Winfrey ceased production of her broadcast program to focus attention on the OWN cable channel she owns with Discovery Communications Inc. Zucker, the former chief executive officer of NBC Universal, said today that Joe Terry, the director of Winfrey’s TV show, will direct “Katie.”

Kathy Samuels, who helped start “Rachel Ray” and “Access Hollywood” programs, has been brought on as co-executive producer, Zucker said.

“Katie” will be broadcast live weekdays in front of an audience from ABC’s TV One studio in New York.

Disney, based in Burbank, California, was little changed at $43.47 at the close in New York today. The shares have climbed 16 percent this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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