(From The Philadelphia Inquirer -- By Gail Shister)
TODAY will add a fourth hour in the fall. Book it.
NBC officials will announce the expansion tomorrow at THE TV CRITICS ASSOCIATION winter meetings in Pasadena, California. Book that, too.
MATT LAUER and MEREDITH VIEIRA will continue co-anchoring the 7 to 9 am mothership.
ANN CURRY and AL ROKER, now doing the 9 am hour, will stick around until 11.
The extra hour is coming a year earlier than originally planned, due to pressure from NBC station managers.
Contrary to industry buzz, no new on-air talent will be brought in to anchor the 10 am hour, NBC insiders say.
Some faces from within the NBC family will appear from time to time, however, including BILLY BUSH and MARIA MENOUNOS of NBC UNIVERSAL's syndicated ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, according to the sources.
Today Gains An Hour