Ryan Seacrest To Cover 2012 Election For NBC News

In a contract that NBCUniversal is calling a “groundbreaking multi-platform agreement” Ryan Seacrest, the longtime host of American Idol and E! Entertainment news will become, among other things, a reporter/analyst for NBC News during the 2012 election. The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports that Seacrest’s new two year deal will make him a “special correspondent” for the Today Show and will include contributions to NBC’s Olympics coverage. Some sort of deal with Seacrest was long expected since he is viewed by many as one of the most versatile and well-liked hosts on television and Mediaite was first to report that NBC talked to Seacrest about hosting the Today Show if Matt Lauer left his perch as co-host.

With regard to election coverage, Stelter reports that “the scope of those contributions has not yet been determined” but no matter what that means, it will ruffle feathers amongst the true journalists at the network who cover politics on a daily basis. Sure, The Today Show is part of NBC News but announcing that Seacrest will be part of the NBC News election team takes it to another level. Unlike morning shows which are understood to include everything from live animal tricks to cooking segments, election coverage is the crown jewel of any news division and any on-air time for Seacrest, will be at the expense of some other NBC reporter or analyst.

The decision to re-sign Seacrest to the Comcast/NBC family comes as NBC News and The Today Show, in particular, is under enormous pressure with ABC’s Good Morning America challenging the long time ratings leader. Another article in the Times out tonight reports that GMA may beat The Today show again this week and that with “momentum so strongly on the side of “G.M.A.” it seems only a matter of time before the show runs down Today” in all of the relevant ratings.

Read more at Mediaite.

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  1. Win says:

    Actually, the leap second ocurcred earlier in the day at 23:59:60 UTC, so it would not (and should not) be shown at midnight EST in New York; in theory the clock that drives the NYC ball would already have been adjusted to take the leap second into account. The leap second takes place at a single epoch; it is not applied at local midnight in each time zone.

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