This Just In: Newscasters Interview Their Younger Selves

After 50 continuous years on TV screens, Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to broadcast news and The View. The 84-year-old announced her plans to retire from both her hosting and ABC News anchor posts in 2013. Friday afternoon’s episode of The View – the daytime talk show she started – will be Walters’s final sign off.

Dan Rather Gets New Weekly Show

Veteran CBS anchor Dan Rather will launch the weekly Dan Rather Reports in October on HDNet, the high-definition cable network co-founded by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Explaining that he was not criticizing his former employer, Rather, 74, said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association meeting, the “difference here is the chain of command begins and ends with me,” the Associated Press reports. “You could say it’s like operating without a net, but I don’t see it that way.”

Dan Rather Leaving CBS News After 44 Years

Broadcasting giant Dan Rather will leave CBS News after 44 years as anchor and reporter where he built a reputation as a hard-driving journalist known for his quirky turn of phrase, the network said on Tuesday.

“Of all the famous names associated with CBS News, the biggest and brightest on the marquee are (Edward R.) Murrow, (Walter) Cronkite and Rather,” said Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.

“With the utmost respect, we mark the extraordinary and singular role Dan has played in writing the script of not only CBS News, but of broadcast journalism.”

Dan Rather Signs Off from Evening News

ENDED: His voice slightly hoarse, Dan Rather, 73, was all business for the first 20 minutes of Wednesday’s broadcast – his final appearance after 24 years – on CBS Evening News. Then he recalled what he called the most important story of his career – the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He opened the news that evening by saying, “You will remember this day as long as you live.” He thanked viewers at the end of Wednesday’s newscast, then mentioned Sept.

Dan Rather: 'Not Retiring, Changing Jobs'

Trite but true: When Dan Rather signs off Wednesday night as the CBS Evening News anchor, he marks the end of an era, harking back as he did to a time when Americans relied on one man to deliver them their news. Few observers back then would have predicted the day of a 24-hours new channel, let alone several of them. Not to mention the Internet.

Clinton Feels 'Good' Before New Surgery

REASSURED: Former President Bill Clinton, who will undergo a low-risk medical procedure on Thursday to remove fluid and scar tissue from the left side of his chest, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday: “It’ll knock me out of commission for a week or two, and then I’ll be back to normal. I’m not in too bad a shape,” he added. “I feel good.” The procedure, to take place at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, comes six months after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

WEEK AHEAD: Kirstie Unveils Fat Actress

Former Cheers star Kirstie Alley’s weighty new sitcom premieres on Sunday. PEOPLE takes a look at her return to TV comedy, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:

Three Players Ousted in Survivor Premiere

CLASHED: The 20 contestants on CBS’s Survivor: Palau were quickly whittled down to just 17 on Thursday night’s premiere episode. The castaways had just become acquainted with their new surroundings when host Jeff Probst said the initial immunity challenge won by Jolanda Jones and Ian Rosenberger (who were the first of the 20 to swim ashore) would last only 10 minutes, until they finished picking their two tribes. The last woman and man chosen, Wanda Shirk and Jonathan Libby, were eliminated from the show.

Lopez, Marc Anthony to Duet on Grammys

SCHEDULED: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who have yet to publicly confirm their June 5 wedding in Beverly Hills, will make their world debut on a public stage together at the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards, show organizers have announced. Anthony is currently up for best Latin pop album (for his Amar Sin Mentiras) and for best salsa or merengue album (Valio La Pena). Though it was not announced what they will sing, there is wide speculation that it will be “Escapemonos,” their duet from Amar Sin Mentiras (Love Without Lies).

Katie Couric Offered Dan Rather's Job

REPORTED: CBS has approached Today host Katie Couric, 48, to take over Dan Rather’s Evening News anchor chair after the veteran newsman retires in March, according to Time magazine. Other news sources, jumping on the story, point out that Couric, who currently earns a reported $17 million a year, still has 17 months to go on her NBC contract. A spokesman for NBC declined comment on the Time report, other than to say there have been rumors circulating around Couric for weeks.