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Sources: Ann Curry to likely leave NBC at end of contract in early 2014

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According to a Hollywood Reporter article on Wednesday, 57-year-old special correspondent Ann Curry’s contract is up in early 2014 and her representative, Robert Barnett, has made other networks aware that she’s interested in leaving NBC.

Inside sources told THR that an unidentified CBS exec acknowledges Curry’s reporting skills, but that there’s no room for her in that network’s news division.

Sources also report that Curry has not talked to CNN Worldwide president, Jeff Zucker, who was Curry’s producer when she was on the “Today” show.

Al Jazeera America, which launched in August, expressed interest in Curry earlier this year, but there are no current discussions taking place.

Curry was dismissed as the co-host on NBC’s “Today” show in June 2012 and has appeared sporadically in her position as special correspondent since.

She has, however, received a few high profile assignments earlier this year, including filling in for Brian Williams on the “NBC Nightly News” and an interview with Brad Pitt.

Curry’s current salary is $12 million, a paycheck insiders say NBC is no longer willing to pay its on-air staff.

Personal Take

Curry is long overdue for a position that pays her the respect she deserves.

In light of the network’s increased assignments for Curry, it looked like NBC might have been making a run to keep her services at the end of her contract. According to THR sources, however, her leaving the network is a done deal.

Landing Curry’s services will be a coup for the network that lands her in 2014.

Although there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes details that need to go on before we see where Curry winds up, it’s fun to predict which network will be her next employer.

From a purely news point of view, CNN seems to be the best fit for her services.

What do you think?

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