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Matt Lauer staying on NBC's Today show with new contract

Published on Jun 14, 2014 7:17 AM
Journalist Matt Lauer arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York April 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - NBC's Today show host Matt Lauer has agreed to a contract extension to stay on the second-place morning program, a spokeswoman at the Comcast Corp-owned network said on Friday.

Terms of the deal or its length were not disclosed. Lauer, a fixture on Today and for NBC's news division for the past 20 years, is considered one of the highest-paid journalists in TV news at a previously reported US$25 million (S$31.3 million).

"I consider this the best job in broadcasting," Lauer, 56, said in a statement. "I love people I work with every day, and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn't be happier to be staying."

Today has been chipping away at the lead of ABC's Good Morning America recently after surrendering its two-decade ratings crown in 2012 following unfavorable publicity around the departure of Lauer's former co-host Ann Curry.