LOS ANGELES, June 13 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