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Mother_Marjorie
May 22nd, 2007, 08:18 PM
Anchor Stone Phillips out at NBC News By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
1 hour, 46 minutes ago



NEW YORK - NBC News is dropping "Dateline NBC" anchor Stone Phillips in a cost-cutting move when his contract expires at the end of June.

Phillips won't formally be replaced. His co-anchor, Ann Curry, will continue and other "Dateline NBC" reporters will serve as on-air hosts when the newsmagazine presents stories they're working on, the network said Tuesday.

"It's been a wonderful 15 years," Phillips said in a statement issued by NBC. "I'm profoundly appreciative of the many friends and colleagues, past and present, who have been a part of the `Dateline' family. This is a great news division with a bright future. I wish the people of NBC News all the best."

He didn't immediately return a call for further comment.

Phillips was teamed with Jane Pauley, who left NBC is 2003, for much of his time at "Dateline NBC." At its peak, the newsmagazine churned out as many as five episodes a week.

The newsmagazine is probably best known now for reporter Chris Hansen's "To Catch a Predator" series nabbing suspected pedophiles. On NBC's fall schedule, the newsmagazine has only one permanent time slot on little-watched Saturday night. It will be on three times a week in June.

NBC News has been restructuring to cut costs. Earlier this spring, it didn't renew the contract of "Nightly News" weekend anchor John Seigenthaler.

The Phillips move was similar in that the network is concentrating money on reporting and more versatile personalities. Seigenthaler, for example, was replaced by Lester Holt who's also host of "Weekend Today." Curry is a newsreader on "Today" and reporter for "Dateline."

CrossCourt~Rally
May 22nd, 2007, 08:30 PM
I could see him hosting a talk show on one of the cable news networks :bounce:

drake3781
May 23rd, 2007, 12:58 AM
I had to look up a pic to remember who this person is.

http://msnbcmedia4.msn.com/i/msnbc/Components/Art/DATELINE/031107/Phillips_STG.jpg

darrinbaker00
May 23rd, 2007, 04:55 AM
I still can't believe his parents looked at him when he was born and said, "STONE! Yeah, that's it! We'll name him STONE!"

CrossCourt~Rally
May 23rd, 2007, 05:03 AM
I had to look up a pic to remember who this person is.

http://msnbcmedia4.msn.com/i/msnbc/Components/Art/DATELINE/031107/Phillips_STG.jpg


His nickname was "THE SCUD STUD" during the 90s :p

darrinbaker00
May 23rd, 2007, 05:37 AM
His nickname was "THE SCUD STUD" during the 90s :p
That was Arthur Kent, not Stone Phillips.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 23rd, 2007, 05:40 AM
That was Arthur Kent, not Stone Phillips.

OOOPs, :tape: That brings up another good question...whatever happened to ARTHUR KENT :lol:

darrinbaker00
May 23rd, 2007, 05:43 AM
OOOPs, :tape: That brings up another good question...whatever happened to ARTHUR KENT :lol:
Gulf War I ended, that's what happened to him. ;)

CrossCourt~Rally
May 23rd, 2007, 05:46 AM
Gulf War I ended, that's what happened to him. ;)

:lol: The equivalent of a 1 hit wonder:p