Replacement made day after Ann Curry exits

As widely anticipated, Savannah Guthrie was named co-anchor of “The Today Show,” NBC announced Friday.

The promotion comes just a day after Ann Curry vacated the position after a 15-year run on the morning franchise, which has faced increased competition from ABC rival “Good Morning America.”

“In just a few short years Savannah, has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player,” said NBC News president Steve Capus.

While Guthrie functioned as co-host Friday, there was no official announcement of her appointment on the air. The new “Today” team makes its debut Monday.

Guthrie’s ascendance comes as little surprise given the high marks she’s received in her short time as “Today,” though other supporting players at the program including Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb were rumored to be in the running as well.

Guthrie has been co-host of the third hour of “Today” for the past year in addition to being the program’s chief legal correspondent, a capacity in which she will continue. She moved to “Today” after nearly four years at NBC that culminated in her assignment as chief White House correspondent. Prior to NBC, she worked at Court TV and local affiliates after transitioning to a career in news after practicing as a lawyer.

“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout, reporting for every franchise in the news division and rising through the ranks,” said “Today” executive producer Jim Bell.

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