Harry Smith hopping to NBC News


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Harry Smith has found a new home. The former Early Show host — who first joined CBS back in 1987 — is swapping networks to NBC News, where he will collaborate with Brian Williams on a primetime newsmagazine. The show is set to premiere during the 2011-2012 season.

Last November, Smith and Maggie Rodriguez were ousted from Early Show in an effort to revamp the morning show. Chris Wragge and Erica Hall replaced the two vets.

Read more:
Harry Smith out, as CBS gives ‘The Early Show’ a new look


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  • jrs

    Good for him. He always seemed like a good old-fashioned classy newsman. CBS treated him shabbily.

    • Henri M.

      Never really liked this guy as a morning host, he always seemed to formal for the morning. But he should fit really well at night.

  • Carol

    Good for Harry! He deserves so much better.

  • L

    Good for him. Classy, smart guy and a good newsman.

  • Tiffany

    I am glad with the comments above, when it was announced that he was leaving The Early Show, I thought, ‘Why even watch at this point’. Notice how they don’t get alot of celeb interviews like they use to when him and Maggie were there. Him and Bri Will-I-Ams together on a news show, SCORE.

  • HH

    Harry Smith is a first rate, class act of a journalist and reporter and host/anchor. A dying breed. Another big loss for CBS, big gain for NBC. CBS better reward Russ Mitchell soon before he bolts for competition.

  • Annette

    Harry Smith is first class and I am glad he is taking his talent to NBC. I’ll watch that magazine just to hear him talk.

  • KikiD

    Wow that’s a surprise. I thought he was a lifer with CBS. Wonder if it was because he did not get the evening new gig. Always liked Harry although his murmuring during interviews can drive you up a wall.

  • msThang

    Good for him. Harry has always been a first-rate broadcast journalist.

  • grandpajoe

    Good for him – He was a long time CBS’er – but that’s TV today and the world today – get rid of the old and just get YooT’s

  • silk

    Good for you, Smith. CBS fired you because they want to hire some younger anchors. Maybe now you can sue them for “age discrimination” since you no longer work for them.

  • jfms777

    Great news. And isn’t it interesting that CBS–the land of Cronkite–has no one of Cronkite’s stature?

  • Dinjab

    Good for Harry. I hope, and expect, that the Smith-Williams collaboration will be a far classier endeavor than that Dateline schlock.

  • Anona Muss

    Awesome! I’m just wild about Harry.

  • Rebecca

    I still miss Harry’s voice in the mornings!! And also his apron with his name on it. Jeff Glor is by far the best on the current Early show! I only watch the Saturday version because Russ Mitchell and Rebecca Jarvis are on it!!

  • bootsycolumbia

    I’ve had a crush on Harry Smith for a long time, and I’m glad to see he’s heading for (I hope) greener pastures. What idiots TPTB at CBS are. I like Scott Pelley well enough; he’s much better than Katie Couric in the anchor chair, but to promote him over Harry Smith was wrong.

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