Norville re-ups as 'Edition' anchor

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Deborah Norville has signed a multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to remain as anchor of the syndicated newsmagazine "Inside Edition."

Norville joined "Inside Edition" in 1995 after more than a decade in the television news industry. She most recently had re-upped her contract in January 2005, signing a two-year deal at the time.

"When Deborah joined 'Inside Edition' 12 years ago, she reinvigorated the show with her sharp interview skills and strong news judgment," CBS Television Distribution CEO Roger King said. "I'm happy that she'll continue to be the face of the show for years to come."

Executive producer Charles Lachman added that Norville's "solid news background and willingness to get in the trenches are a huge part of this show's success."

For her part, Norville said she's "thrilled" to be staying at the show, saying it has "come to feel like home."

Norville also has worked at CBS News, where she anchored "America Tonight" and reported for "48 Hours," "Street Stories" and "CBS Evening News." She also has hosted her own nationally syndicated radio show, "Deborah Norville Radio Show," and was co-host of NBC's "Today." Norville has won two national Emmys, a local Emmy and the American Women in Radio and Television's Gracie Award.

"Inside Edition" averaged a 4.1 household rating during the week ending Feb. 11, marking its best performance in just over three years thanks to a boost from coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's death. That was up 11% from the previous week and up 8% from the same week a year ago. Season-to-date, the No. 2-ranked syndicated newsmagazine is averaging a 3.5.

"Inside Edition," which is in its 19th season, has been renewed through the 2011-12 season.
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