Lending further credence to what we have heard about Katie Couric being headed for Oprah's syndicated affiliate slot, as opposed to General Hospital's time slot, the LA Times reports that, Disney Chief Executive Robert A. Iger has been "very involved" in the deal and has been particularly interested in bringing Couric to ABC, in part, to fill the programming void that will be created by the departure of the queen of daytime TV, Oprah Winfrey. Disney's ABC-owned stations carry The Oprah Winfrey Show, which will broadcast its last episode Wednesday.

"Speculation around Katie is exciting, but there is no new deal to announce," said Couric's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik. Some of the major deal points have been hammered out, although there are still outstanding issues surrounding compensation. The agreement is not expected to be finalized for at least a week. Couric's contract with CBS ends June 6.  ABC News President Ben Sherwood has also been instrumental in the negotiations, but the ABC News organization's financial contribution will be relatively small, said another person familiar with the matter. The company's syndication arm would largely finance the production, which would be sold to other TV station groups.