Ann Curry to Leave NBC for Media Startup

It was announced earlier this month that after nearly 25 years with NBC, Ann Curry was planning to leave the network to join a media startup.

Curry has had an incredibly successful, yet tumultuous relationship and career with NBC since joining the network in 1990. She first joined at the NBC News Chicago correspondent, then as the anchor of NBC News at Sunrise until 1996 – she also acted as the stand-in for for Matt Lauer when he was out from 1994 to 1997. That same year, Curry became a news anchor for the Today show until 2011 when she replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host of Today.

Her run as co-host was short lived however as rating dropped and NBC looked to replace her on the show. Rumors started to circulate that there was tension between Curry and her co-host Matt Lauer. Curry hired attorney Robert Barnett to represent her in her contract discussions with NBC. In June 2012, Curry emotionally announced live on air that she was leaving Today. She continued to stay on at NBC as their news national and international correspondent and anchor and Today anchor at large.

The 58 year-old, announced her plans to leave NBC mid-January to found a media startup “seeded by NBCUniversal,” according to People magazine.

“This is about reaching for the edge of the future of journalism, which we know is undergoing an irrevocable transition. I am excited about working to become a valuable link between traditional media and what is to come,” Curry wrote in a statement. “In today’s world of fragmented media, this is the time to seize the opportunity to improve the way we distribute and even tell stories.”

Curry’s startup will “include a reporting and content venture…that will focus on incubating and producing content of national and global importance with a multi-platform distribution approach,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

The statement continued to read, “I am sincerely grateful to NBC News for allowing me to offer viewers a vast and diverse body of work, including a depth of humanitarian reporting I understand still resonates.”

This latest move sees Curry leaving behind a $12million salary, but she will have opportunities to work with other outlets non-exclusively.

“It has been a privilege to work with so many good and talented people at the network and I look forward to what we will do ahead. At the same time, I can’t wait to expand my reach and work with people I admire in other places.”

About Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn is a recent graduate from City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in The Buffalo News, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times 'Fort Greene Local', The Daily Meal, and FoxNews.com.
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