CBS Wants Matt Lauer as a Correspondent for ’60 Minutes’

Dec 9, 2011  •  Post A Comment

CBS wants Matt Lauer as a correspondent on ’60 Minutes,’ writes Marisa Guthrie at The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the story, "CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, who also is executive producer of 60 Minutes, tells The Hollywood Reporter that he would “love to have Matt Lauer at ’60 Minutes.’ ”

The article adds, "Lauer isn’t going anywhere any time soon. His contract with NBC News extends through 2012. And Fager is very clear that he has not talked to Lauer about switching networks. Contractually, the ‘Today’ anchor is barred from entertaining offers until September 2012. But Lauer’s interviewing skills and household-name popularity through more than 17 years on ‘Today’ would make him a nice fit for ’60 Minutes,’ as the venerable broadcast continues to cycle new correspondents into its ranks."

As we previously reported, NBC executives have talked to Ryan Seacrest about the "Today" show.

According to Guthrie, "[S]ources caution that a meeting earlier this week between Seacrest and NBC News executives, including ‘Today’ executive producer Jim Bell, was not a pitch to replace Lauer but rather exploratory conversations about ways Seacrest could contribute to ‘Today.’ "

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