NBC officially announced Monday that veteran CBS news correspondent Harry Smith will make the move to NBC, and join Brian Williams on his still-untitled primetime newsmagazine hour.
“A veteran in the industry and highly regarded journalist, we’re honored to have Harry on board as one of the correspondents of the new primetime newsmagazine show,” NBC News president Steve Capus said in a statement. “His vast experience, covering everything from interviews with world leaders to wars and natural disasters, makes him a perfect fit for this new broadcast.”
About seven months after CBS announced Harry Smith was out as anchor of “The Early Show” — but that he would be continued to be employed by CBS in another capacity — Smith is jumping networks to work at NBC News, according to trade reports.
NBC is expected to make the announcement official on Monday.
The longtime CBS news correspondent has filled in on various CBS news programs since the network swapped out the entire “Early Show” on-air team.
Smith has worked at CBS since 1986, where he started off in Dallas as a reporter, and was promoted to a correspondent the next year, working primarily for the “CBS Evening News.”
The Hollywood Reporter has a copy of a memo sent to staff today from CBS News president David Rhodes.