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Associated Pressal Grillo, Associated Press

Katie Couric isn't going anywhere. That's what CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves told the staff of the "CBS Evening News" during a surprise visit to the newscast's regular Friday midday meeting in New York City.

Accompanied by CBS President Sean McManus, Moonves expressed his support for Couric, who has been dogged by reports that she is contemplating exiting her post because of the newscast's low ratings.

Executives hoped the upbeat pep talk would rally spirits internally and put to rest questions about Couric's status. The question of whether the anchor will leave the broadcast will not be discussed until after the November election, at the earliest, network sources said.