April 6, 2006

ABC’s Vieira to replace Couric at NBC’s “Today”

NEW YORK (Reuters) - ABC talk show host Meredith Vieira
will replace Katie Couric as co-host of NBC's "Today" show, the
nation's leading morning program, NBC said on Thursday.

The NBC announcement came a day after Couric announced her
plans to leave "Today" and shortly after Vieira revealed the
news on her program, "The View."

Vieira will move to "Today" in September when Couric takes
over as sole anchor of the "CBS Evening News."

"I'm very honored that NBC has asked me to co-host the
'Today' show," Vieira said on "The View," prompting extended
applause from her colleagues and from the studio audience. "I
could not possibly have been in this position today had it not
been for all of you."

Vieira, 52, has been a co-host of "The View" since 1997. At
"Today" she will be co-host of a show that has been on the air
for 54 years and generates an estimated $600 million in ad
revenue and $250 million in profit each year for NBC, a unit of
General Electric Co.

ABC is owned by Walt Disney Co.

Couric started on "Today" 15 years ago and is widely
credited with making it the top-rated morning show on U.S.

Now she will anchor the "CBS Evening News," taking over the
chair once occupied by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, and
contribute to the news-magazine show "60 Minutes."

Vieira has been a moderator of "The View," a live show from
New York, seated alongside other hosts including executive
producer Barbara Walters.

Vieira has earned Daytime Emmy nominations each year since
joining the show, and in 2005 she won her first Daytime Emmy as
outstanding game show host for the syndicated version of "Who
Wants To Be a Millionaire."

She had spent more than a decade at CBS before joining ABC
in 1993. She began her career as a news announcer for
WORC-Radio in Worcester, Massachusetts.