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CBS Tries To Disavow Katie Slimdown Pics

CBS is blaming the "editorial staff" of a promotional magazine for doctoring a photo to slim down news anchor Katie Couric, but staffers are, in fact, part of the network's PR division. CBS' Watch magazine altered a picture of Couric from the network's upfront presentation, thinning her waist and face. Magazine photos are frequently altered, but this one happened when the network is struggling to portray longtime NBC "Today Show" co-host Couric as a news anchor with the gravitas to convey serious news. A CBS spokesman says "the editorial staff of Watch magazine retouched the photo without the knowledge of Katie Couric or CBS news management," but declined to elaborate further. But it's considered an inside job. While much of the production and ad sales for the quarterly are handled by an outside publisher, the editorial content is prepared by the CBS communications department.



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