Other people’s bad ratings are the best revenge, especially if you are Ann Curry. Just three months after Ms. Curry was let go at Today in an effort to improve ratings, it looks like the show’s problem wasn’t Ms. Curry after all, reports the Post.
Today, which used to own the morning show race, is all set to get beat out by Good Morning America for the third week in a row. Even the Olympics couldn’t save the summer for NBC–ratings were down 7 percent overall.
Who would have thought Al Roker had a snarky side? During Today’s segment this morning on the Olympic women’s rowing team, the usually jolly Mr. Roker made a thinly veiled dig at Matt Lauer for not standing by their co-star Ann Curry when she was abruptly fired in June.
Savannah Guthrie started her new job as co-anchor of Today this morning. Previously the show’s 9 a.m. co-anchor and legal correspondent, Ms. Guthrie replaced fifteen-year Today vet Ann Curry, who was fired due to low ratings. Ms. Curry left NBC’s morning show with a teary goodbye and a reported $10 m. buyout, but will continue to serve as a foreign correspondent and anchor-at-large.
That was fast! Just a day after Ann Curry took her final bows, Savannah Guthrie, host of Today‘s third hour, has been named the show’s co-anchor. Ms. Guthrie is NBC’s chief legal correspondent, a role in which she will remain.
At yesterday’s luncheon for Makers, the series of online videos on ground-breaking women, we ran into onetime NBC News mainstay Campbell Brown, who departed the network for CNN in 2007. Given that Ms. Brown was a member of the Today family, we asked her about the departure of Ann Curry, which was at that Read More
Last summer, we stopped by a luncheon for Gloria Steinem at which all guests were asked to declare Ms. Steinem’s significance in three words or less. (For instance: “Essential. Formidable. Witty,” was Tina Brown’s contribution.)
Perhaps the signs of reportedly-fired Today host Ann Curry’s burdened mind were already at play that summer. “I Read More
Well, this is awkward. Ann Curry’s on the cover of the August issue of Ladies’ Home Journal. It doesn’t hit newsstands til July 10 but today the magazine’s website published some quotes in which Ms. Curry—who is being moved out of the co-host chair at NBC’s Today—talks about how much she loves her job.
“I’ve been at Today for 15 years and I’d love to make it to 20. I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation.”
Today host Ann Curry has hired attorney Robert Barnett to represent her in negotiations with NBC as the network transitions her to a new job within the company, reports The New York Times.
Morning show watchers think Ms. Curry and her recently re-upped co-host Matt Lauer’s lack of chemistry has contributed to the longtime Read More
MSNBC weekend host Chris Hayes and correspondent Meghan McCain stopped by TODAY yesterday to discuss, well, comments Ms. McCain’s father had made. On Sunday, Senator John McCain alleged that recent national security leaks to The New York Times had been politically motivated and had come from President Obama’s administration.
“Is there any proof to back up these charges?” Ann Curry asked.
Onetime queen of the morning Katie Couric is reclaiming her throne–for one short week. She’ll be guest-hosting Good Morning America for the week beginning April 2, as part of her new utility-player duties at ABC in the leadup to her new chat show, Katie, in the fall.
This comes at a pivotal time Read More