It looks like there will be a changing of the guard once again at Today on NBC. After having only been a co-anchor on mornings leading news program for a year, the New York Times is reporting that Ann Curry is going to be replaced following a streak of sub par ratings.
In a recent interview with Ladies’ Home Journal, Curry talked about her position at NBC.
“I’ve been at Today for 15 years and I’d love to make it to 20,” Curry said. “I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation.”
It looks like she may get the chance to teach sooner than she expected unless NBC comes up with a new role that appeals to Ann.
According to the Times report:
Several weeks ago, network officials and Ms. Curry began to discuss a different job for her, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations, who insisted on anonymity because the matter was confidential. Those discussions have continued and are expected to be completed before NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics begins in late July.
Ms. Curry, who has not had a television agent for years, has hired a well-known lawyer, Robert B. Barnett, to represent her in the negotiations, according to these people. It is unclear whether she has explicitly agreed to any arrangement that NBC has offered her in lieu of Today. But several people who know Ms. Curry say that she has been struggling with the idea of leaving the show for some time.
“She got her dream job, and she doesn’t want to let it go,” one of the people said. But Ms. Curry has also expressed dissatisfaction with “Today,” where her journalistic interests sometimes clash with morning television realities.