Matt Lauer staying on NBC's 'Today' with new contract

LOS ANGELES, June 13 Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:30pm EDT

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (Reuters) - NBC's "Today" show host Matt Lauer has agreed to a contract extension to stay on the second-place morning program, a spokeswoman at the Comcast Corp-owned network said on Friday.

Terms of the deal or its length were not disclosed. Lauer, a fixture on "Today" and for NBC's news division for the past 20 years, is considered one of the highest-paid journalists in TV news at a previously reported $25 million.

"I consider this the best job in broadcasting," Lauer, 56, said in a statement. "I love people I work with every day, and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn't be happier to be staying."

"Today" has been chipping away at the lead of ABC's "Good Morning America" recently after surrendering its two-decade ratings crown in 2012 following unfavorable publicity around the departure of Lauer's former co-host Ann Curry. (Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Patricia Reaney and Prudence Crowther)

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