'Dateline' vet Phillips leaving NBC


Cuts at NBC News reached to another on-air talent with the impending departure of "Dateline" co-anchor Stone Phillips.

Phillips' contract will not be renewed, leaving "Today" co-host Ann Curry as the sole anchor of the NBC newsmagazine that recently was renewed for Saturdays in the fall and Sundays after football. Phillips had been with "Dateline" for 15 years.

"I'm profoundly appreciative of the many friends and colleagues, past and present, who have been a part of the 'Dateline' family," Phillips said. "This is a great news division with a bright future. I wish the people of NBC News all the best."

Phillips' departure is one of several cuts mandated by corporate that have hit NBC News, most recently the departure of John Siegenthaler from the anchor chair of the weekend "NBC Nightly News." NBC decided that in the new TV environment it couldn't justify keeping someone whose primary job was anchoring the weekend news.

NBC said this month that "Today" co-host Lester Holt would stay longer and anchor the weekend news (HR 5/10).