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NBC Plans to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’ Show, NY Times Reports

June 21, 2012

NBC executives are preparing to replace Ann Curry as a co-host on “Today,” after the morning show’s lead slipped against ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the New York Times reported.

Curry, 55, began discussing a different job with the network several weeks ago, the Times said, citing people with knowledge of the negotiations. She was elevated to co-host one year ago, opposite Matt Lauer, succeeding Meredith Vieira.

“Today,” which pioneered the morning-show format, has seen its ratings dominance imperiled by “Good Morning America,” which beat it over several weeks this year. The show is important to Comcast Corp. (CMCSA:US)’s NBC Universal because of the profit generated by its hundreds of millions of dollars in annual advertising revenue, the Times said.

Robert Barnett, Curry’s attorney, and Megan Kopf, a spokeswoman for “Today” in New York, declined to comment.

Comcast, based in Philadelphia, is the largest U.S. cable operator and holds a controlling stake in NBC Universal, the entertainment company that includes the NBC network, Universal Pictures and cable channels USA, CNBC and Bravo.

Comcast shares fell (CMCSA:US) 0.4 percent to $31.19 yesterday in New York. They have climbed 32 percent so far this year.

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