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Meredith Vieira

May 11, 2011 by Post Team 

Meredith VieiraMeredith Vieira, NBC News made it official yesterday: Ann Curry will replace Meredith Vieira’s departure as co-host of “Today.” Curry, who has been news anchor Series since 1997, has also anchored “Dateline NBC” and served as the primary backup, Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News.” But it may spend as much airtime as you do with it: It is reported from all parts of Darfur, Sudan, to the South Pole. Last week, was in Pakistan. Here’s hoping five mornings a week at Rockefeller Center was not wearing her silly.

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NBC’s “Today” is facing a transition to replace Meredith Vieira Ann Curry as the main co-host the program, but equally important is the transition to the TV in the morning will not have to.

Matt Lauer said on Monday that although he spoke with Katie Couric on the idea of?? Associating to a talk show “will not happen.” With their heads facing NBC, Lauer said, “I’ll be here for long.”

Lauer has been with the show since 1994 and is the linchpin of her remarkable performance: More than 15 years without missing a single week in qualifying in the morning at any of ABC’s “Good Morning America”?? And CBS “The Early Show.”

Comparatively speaking, Vieira was the rookie of the main four series also includes Lauer, Curry and Al Roker. She replaces Katie Couric five years ago. At 57, with daughter, Lily, and graduated from high school next month and her son Ben graduated from Stanford University, Vieira said it was time to go. She and her husband, author Richard M. Cohen, have another son, Gabriel.

She said she had been struggling with the decision since January. His contract was in late September, but said graduations and family vacation was planned to decide that June was the best time to go. His last broadcast will be June 8.

“It was really at the last moment I realized I had to go with my gut, ultimately, and I know that is right,” he said. “That does not mean easier.”

She said her husband is in good health and that “diminished” what has been portrayed as an invalid. Cohen wrote a best seller on how to treat multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.

Your good health is part of why I want to leave right now, “he said. “I appreciate what that means at this point in a very profound way. I want to be there with him and I want to have fun and appreciate our time together and not have to punch a clock so much.”

During an announcement in the air and press conference later joked easily with Lauer, who said: “I can say unequivocally that I have never enjoyed working with anyone more than Meredith.”

Curry, 54, has been leading news anchor in the series since 1997. When NBC executives left the company to choose as a replacement for Couric Vieira, Curry stuck with the show and recast himself as a globetrotting journalist with a major in human rights.

She has since been to Darfur, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times, along with the Congo, Liberia and Haiti. NBC’s announcement of her accession was originally planned for last week but was delayed by the death of Osama bin Laden; a history of Curry went to Pakistan to report.

“We like to make the transition from a position of strength and thought it was on display this morning,” said NBC News President Steve Capus.

Natalie Morales will replace Curry in the role of newsreader while preserving its place as co-presenter with Roker in the third of four hours the morning of the extensive program. Savannah Guthrie was appointed as the third driver of the third hour (9 am ET), creating an opening at the same time on MSNBC, where he currently co-leads a political program with Chuck Todd.

Has been a period of turmoil in the network programs in the morning. CBS announced Monday that David Friedman, executive producer of “The Early Show,” would leave after less than two years on the job. The show had completely revamped its talent in the air during the winter.

In the second place of “Good Morning America”?? On ABC, new lifestyle anchor Lara Spencer began almost at the same time Vieira was making her announcement Monday. The new newsreader program, Josh Elliot, began last week. The program has also changed the executive producers in February, and ABC News as a division also has a new leader.

No need to change the morning show would be bigger than a match for Lauer, whose contract expires at the end of next year.

Acknowledged some association talks with Couric, who co-host of “Today” from 1997 to 2006. But Lauer said, “that turned out to be just words.”

“I love this job,” he said. “I love this place. I’ll be here awhile.”

Capus, who left with a smile? He said he has started talking with Lauer about the future. Capus and Vieira also both said they would like to continue with occasional appearances on “Today.”

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