It's a good day to be Brian Williams. Not only has the anchor of NBC's "Nightly News" had his job for ten years and attracted more than 9 million viewers a night, but he's set to sign a new long-term deal to continue his duties, according to the Los Angeles Times. That includes a compensation package reputed to be more than $10 million a year.
"It's probably time I admit that I am a one-trick pony," the 55-year-old Williams told the paper. "I am, I think, designed and put on this Earth to do what I'm doing now - and that is to eat, sleep and breathe nonfiction and the news going on in the world. And then at 6:30 every night I get to deliver it, and I get to hear from the audience, and I get to know them."
"Brian is one of the most trusted journalists of our time," wrote NBC News president Deborah Turness in a staff memo, according to the New York Post. "He has led this organization through every major news event for the last decade, from Hurricane Katrina in his first year in the anchor chair to his exclusive interview with Edward Snowden this year, through elections, wars, natural disasters, tragedies and triumphs. In all of those cases he's taken viewers to the heart of the stories that matter most in a way that's uniquely his."
It's a great job to have, and one that anyone else at NBC will apparently have a tough time getting in the near future.
To put the pay into perspective, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle-of-the-pack pay for reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts was $37,090 a year in 2012.
It's been a pricey year for NBC to retain top talent. In September, the network signed a new contract with Matt Lauer, at a reported $20 million a year, to keep him hosting the Today show.
Sometimes the desire to keep someone who seems to attract ratings becomes even more of a news story. NBC got embroiled in a major conflict in 2010 when Conan O'Brien took over the Tonight Show from Jay Leno. After an immediate drop in audience, the network bounced O'Brien and brought Leno back until this year, when he left and Jimmy Fallon took over.
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