09/15/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Katie Couric To Anchor Daily Webcasts From Conventions

NEW YORK -- Katie Couric will anchor a live, daily webcast for CBS News during both the Democratic and Republican national conventions that will begin after the network's primetime coverage goes off the air.

Couric will be joined on the webcast by other CBS News journalists as well as outside bloggers for the webcast that will be distributed live on and as well as other places including YouTube and Google. It will be produced by Rick Kaplan, executive producer of the "CBS Evening News."

"I'm looking forward to expanding the ways we interact with our audience," Couric said. "Hopefully, our convention webcasts will offer and users valuable information in a fun and easily accessible way."

Kaplan said the webcast will last at least 30 minutes, depending on the news of the day, and begin soon after 11 p.m. ET, when the network goes off the air on the East Coast with its nightly convention coverage.

"It'll be a little more down to earth," Kaplan said of the webcast, compared to the traditional evening newscast. "It's on the Web so it won't be quite so official."

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