Letterman Seeks More Than $16M after 20 Years in TV
David Lister and Andrew Buncombe, The Independent (London, England)
THE AMERICAN chat show host David Letterman plans to celebrate 20 years in the role by negotiating a contract that is likely to make him the highest-paid television presenter.
Letterman, who made his debut on late night television on NBC in 1982 and moved to CBS in 1993, passed the 20-year milestone with last night's broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman.
His current contract, worth an estimated $16m (pounds 11.3m) a year, will expire this summer. His spokesman told the Hollywood Reporter magazine: "We're talking with CBS." The network's executives declined to comment.
If he is successful, Letterman will earn more than Katie Couric, the 44-year-old presenter of Today, who amid much furore signed a contract said to be worth between $13m (pounds 9.2m) and $16m with NBC news last year.
Letterman's 20-year stint is a long one, even by the standards of American television, …
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