NEW YORK -- Bryant Gumbel signed a new three-year contract yesterday to remain as anchor of the NBC News program "Today."
That announcement came a day after NBC News named Jeff Zucker, 26, as the weekday program's new executive producer.
Gumbel has been the program's anchor since January 1982. His previous three-year contract expired two weeks ago, and he has been on vacation since then. He is due back from vacation on Monday.
A "Today" staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Zucker's promotion from supervising producer to executive producer was a factor in keeping Gumbel, who is close to Zucker and a strong backer of his abilities.