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News Show Host Signs Extension

December 3, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tim Russert’s Sunday mornings are booked for the next seven years.

The host of NBC’s ``Meet the Press″ signed a contract extension that will keep him on the job through 2004. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed Tuesday.

``I’m someone who always admired the baseball players who played for the same team their whole career,″ said Russert, who took over as host six years ago. ``That’s what I’m very much disposed to do.″

The program’s viewership has increased by 50 percent since Russert took over, NBC said.

Russert will stay on as NBC’s Washington bureau chief and as host of a weekend program about journalism on CNBC.

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