Ann Curry may be getting close to her next career move, as her $12 million NBC contract has a window in early 2014, and she’s expected to want to move on from the network following her awkward ouster from “Today,” reports Marisa Guthrie in The Hollywood Reporter.
Her representative, attorney Robert Barnett, has tipped the competitors of NBC News to the fact that Curry will be available, the story says. Barnett declined to comment for the story.
“A CBS News executive tells THR he respects Curry’s journalistic chops but that there really isn’t a place for her at that division,” Guthrie writes. “Sources say Curry, 57, also has not had talks with CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, her former ‘Today’ producer.”
Guthrie adds: “Al Jazeera America, the Qatar emirate-backed network that launched in August and has struggled to lure viewers, did express interest in Curry this year when executives reached out to numerous anchors and producers to gauge availability. Certainly her style of journalism — she’s an intrepid, empathic interpreter of humanitarian crises — would be a good fit for AJAM. And the network, available in 55 million homes, has demonstrated willingness to spend top dollar to attract such talent as former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler and Ali Velshi, lured from CNN.
“But sources there say there are no current discussions with Curry or her reps."
Curry could also create her own production company, news analyst Andrew Tyndall tells the publication. He points to Soledad O’Brien as an example of a news host who went in that direction.