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Anchors away to Mideast

11 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Networks continued sending anchors to the Middle East this week as a progress report on the troop increases in Iraq is released and tensions with Iran continue to be high.

NBC's Today co-anchor Matt Lauer will broadcast live from the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday. He'll talk to Iranians in a Tehran marketplace about their views on the U.S. and be joined by Middle East correspondent Richard Engel.

Meanwhile, CNN sent anchor Anderson Cooper to Iraq for his fourth trip since the start of the war. Anderson Cooper 360 was scheduled to originate live from Baghdad beginning Monday and continue until Friday. CNN said that Cooper would, among other things, report from the front lines with U.S. troops near Baghdad. »

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Cooper is CNN's $4 mil man

21 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has reportedly signed a new contract with the network, guaranteeing him at least $4 million per year.

The new deal with Cooper, host of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," would more than double his previous salary and allow him to continue in his side role as a contributor to the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes.

CNN declined comment, but a spokeswoman for the cable network issued a statement, saying: "Anderson Cooper is an exceptional journalist, and his dedication in going after important stories wherever they occur makes him a natural fit for CNN. We look forward to more of his groundbreaking work in the years to come."

Cooper has emerged as the new face of CNN in recent years, with his profile elevated in the wake of acclaimed work in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. He has been with CNN since 2001 following stints at ABC News and Channel One News. Viewership for "360" was up 24% in the fourth quarter. »

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