Lauer Extends ‘Today’ Contract to 2011

Apr 12, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Matt Lauer has extended his contract as “Today” show co-anchor by three additional years, which will keep him on the No. 1 morning show into 2011. The deal was reported Tuesday morning by the New York Times, which said a source “debriefed” on the deal said Mr. Lauer will be paid more than $13 million per year.

That would put him between the more than $15 million per year that Katie Couric has earned under her final contract at NBC and the $10 million per year NBC is said to be paying “The View’s” Meredith Vieira to succeed Ms. Couric as Mr. Lauer’s co-anchor.

After 15 years on “Today” Ms. Couric announced last week she is going to CBS as anchor and managing editor of “CBS Evening News.

Mr. Lauer’s new deal would take him to 14 years on the show, a tenure second only to Ms. Couric’s.