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Al Roker Stays With NBC

January 13, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ The forecast: Al Roker staying on ``Today.″ The popular weathercaster has signed a new contract, NBC announced.

According to sources, the deal spans seven years to the tune of $14 million.

In addition to working on ``Today,″ Roker may contribute segments to ``Later Today,″ which on weekdays airs immediately after ``Today.″

Roker currently supplements his ``Today″ weather duties with feature interviews, most recently with retiring ``Peanuts″ cartoonist Charles Schulz.

Roker has been regular weathercaster on the No. 1-ranked morning show since 1996, when he took over for Willard Scott. Before that, he was Scott’s fill-in.

He joined the network in 1983 as a weekend weather forecaster for New York City’s WNBC.

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