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Howard Stern Signs as Judge With NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

December 16, 2011

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sirius XM Radio Inc. host Howard Stern has signed with Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal to become a judge on the reality TV show “America’s Got Talent.”

Stern, 57, will join next year when production of the program moves to New York, where he does his Sirius show, NBC said in an e-mail today. Stern replaces CNN’s Piers Morgan, and will join Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel as a judge.

NBC and Stern had discussed a contract that would pay the so-called shock jock $15 million a year, a person familiar with the situation said last month. NBC today didn’t disclose financial details or the length of the contract.

NBC, based in New York, is seeking to boost its prime-time TV ratings, which trail CBS, Fox and ABC. “America’s Got Talent” was one of NBC’s most-watched shows in 2011 and had more viewers than any summer series for the sixth year in a row.

Stern made the announcement this morning on his radio show, which will continue. He signed a five-year contract with Sirius last year after joining the satellite-radio company in 2006 for $500 million.

“America’s Got Talent,” entering a seventh season after its debut in 2006, is a competition talent show that awards the winning individual or group a $1 million prize. The show is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television.

--Editors: Peter Elstrom, Rob Golum

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