NBC has trio for fourth hour of 'Today'


NEW YORK -- NBC is expected Tuesday to name Ann Curry, Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb as co-hosts of the fourth hour of "Today," which will take to the air in early September.

The decision caps a year of planning for the morning show, which will be cleared in about 96% of the country. Much of it -- about 90% -- will be in the 10 a.m. hour following the first three hours of "Today."

While Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira are the co-anchors of the much wider-watched first two hours of "Today," Lauer and Vieira are not going to have a role in the last hour. Lauer appears for a brief time at the top of the hour and then leaves the show to Curry, Morales and Al Roker.

NBC declined comment Monday but will announce the hosts Tuesday. The fourth hour begins Monday, Sept. 11.

Curry and Morales are familiar faces on "Today," with Curry as the show's news anchor and Morales a correspondent for the show. Curry also hosts "Dateline" and last week was Brian Williams' substitute on "NBC Nightly News." Kotb this weekend hosted the Saturday and Sunday editions of "Nightly." Kotb also works for "Dateline" and does other duties at NBC News.