Meredith Vieira tapped for 'Today'

April 6, 2006 at 1:55 PM

NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- Eight-time Emmy-winner Meredith Vieira was announced Thursday as Matt Lauer's co-anchor on NBC's "Today," replacing Katie Couric who's going to CBS.

"This is an announcement that I couldn't be happier to be making," NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker said. "Meredith's vast experience as an award-winning journalist, as well as talk show host, make her the ideal candidate for this job.

"She joins a distinguished legacy of 'Today' show co-anchors, from Barbara Walters to Jane Pauley to Katie Couric. We're lucky to have her as the newest member of 'Today,' and I am thrilled to welcome her to the NBC family."

CBS announced Wednesday that Couric would anchor "CBS Evening News," contribute to "60 Minutes" and anchor prime-time specials.

Vieira, currently seen on ABC's "The View" as well as the syndicated "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" is to join "Today" in September.

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