Confirming news that was hinted at last week, Meredith Vieira announced this morning that she will indeed be leaving NBC's Today show at the end of June after five years co-anchoring the morning news program with Matt Lauer. Ann Curry, who joined Today in 1997, will be promoted from her current position as news anchor to replace Vieira as co-host. Natalie Morales, who led the show's third hour, will be the new news anchor.
The round of musical chairs that was announced on this morning's broadcast has interesting timing; it comes less than a week after Katie Couric, who Viera replaced on Today in 2006, confirmed that she will step down from her post as anchor of CBS Evening News, the position she left Today for. Here's video of Vieira's announcement:
While Curry may seem like the logical choice to replace Vieira—particularly after she was passed over for the position when Vieira was brought on in '06—internal promotions on Today are rare. Curry will be the 14th anchor of the program. Only Deborah Norville and Matt Lauer before her were Today's news anchors before landing the job. (Barbara Walters had a long history with the show as a panelist before officially being named a co-anchor in 1966.)
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