06/06/2011 at 11:00 AM EDT
Stepping into the newest phase
of her career, Katie Couric
is heading back to her roots – rejoining ABC for a news show that is still in development.
"I'm very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979," Couric, 54, says in a statement.
"It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show ... and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division."
Since leaving the anchor chair
of the CBS Evening News
last month after five years
in the job, Couric, it was rumored
, has been developing a daytime talk show.
And while the format of the new show has yet to be finalized, Couric is excited to get to work. Says the TV veteran: "I can't wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team."