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If you were anywhere near a TV set on Jan. 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, chances are you learned the news of the tragedy from NBC News correspondent John Palmer. With NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw temporarily unavailable that afternoon, it was Palmer, the newsreader for Today, who broke in with a special report and stayed with the story for hours as it unfolded.
Matt Lauer is sticking with NBC. The network has re-upped his contract that will keep him co-hosting Today for several more years, The New York Times reports. Exact terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the deal is for more than two years, according to the Times. Lauer's current deal, which he signed in April 2012, was set to expire in a few months. "We couldn't be more thrilled with Matt's decision," Deborah Turness, the president of NBC News, said in a statement. "As I've said many times before, he's the best in the business, and there is nobody I would rather have in the Today anchor chair than Matt."
Viewers of the Today show will wake up to a couple of familiar faces Monday morning: Former anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley will return to guest-host with Matt Lauer,NBC announced Thursday.
America could soon be waking up to Ryan Seacrest. After months of rumors that NBC execs were exploring hiring the American Idol host as an eventual replacement for Matt Lauer on Today, significant conversations are now taking place about making it happen as part of a larger deal between Seacrest and NBC parent company Comcast. While the mention of Seacrest's name is likely to make TV-news purists cringe, Today has a history of hiring anchors without serious...
TV Guide Network will look at the monumental moments that have affected today's television landscape in a five-part series starting Sunday. Among the biggest: Janet Jackson's Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," the Van Doren "Quiz Show" scandal, and how reality shows such as Survivor and American Idol launched a new genre. Journalists such as Tom Brokaw discuss the debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, the O.J. Simpson trial and the birth of CNN. Larry King explains how his talk show paved the way for the...