Jane Pauley On Katie Couric: "It Was A Brave Experiment"

05/23/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

As someone who knows the ins and (sometimes painful) outs of network news careers, Jane Pauley was reluctant to comment about Katie Couric's slippery CBS post Tuesday night at Modern Bride's 2008 Trendsetters awards. After giving it some thought, the former "Today" and "Dateline" host started out with a little schadenfreude. "I had a show that should have worked and didn't," she said. Pauley, the first woman to anchor the evening news in Chicago in 1975, implied Couric isn't solely to blame. "The news business -- nobody knows where the industry is or where it is going," she said. "It was a brave experiment. I think her strengths were unique but she was not well used. She had too many strengths that had nothing to do with that patch-around role.

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