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Harry Smith jumps from CBS to NBC News

July 8, 2011 | 10:33 am

Harry Smith is joining NBC, the network confirmed, leaving CBS News after a 25-year career there.

He is expected to join Brian Williams' upcoming primetime new magazine program, according to TVNewser, which also obtained a copy of a memo CBS News President David Rhodes sent to his staff: “Harry Smith has been a fixture here at CBS News for a generation -- he joined us in Dallas in 1986 -- but today he’s decided to move on.... During the course of his career here, Harry sat down with six presidents, from Barack Obama back to Richard Nixon.”

Smith was an anchor at CBS’ “Morning Show” until a shakeup late last year, when Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price were replaced by Chris Wragge, Erica Hill and Maggie Castro. 

NBC would not confirm his role in Brian Williams’ hourlong news magazine, saying an official announcement is planned for Monday.


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Photo: Harry Smith, right, with President Obama and Erica Hill at a town hall meeting in May in Washington, D.C. Credit: Chris Usher / CBS News via Getty Images