Television: The Great Host Hunt

Wanted: young journalist (under 40), bright, personable, quick-thinking, with warmth, charm and humor. Must be wide-awake at 7 a.m. Top pay (around $350,000 a year), plus travel, fame and social status. Women need not apply.

Seven and a half million early-morning television viewers are looking for someone to watch over their eye-opening cup of bad news. Before the start of the fall season, NBC must make the big decision—who will be the man to fill the late Frank McGee's spot on Today? Explains one network insider about the Great Host Hunt: "They're trying to...

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