NBC, which has completely sidelined primetime news programming since the beginning of the season, said Thursday that it plans to air an interview with Idaho Senator Larry Craig next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The interview will be conducted by Today show host Matt Lauer and air under the banner Matt Lauer Reports, and additional coverage of the interview will be carried on Today on Wednesday. Previously Lauer has fronted features for Dateline NBC, which the network has shelved amid speculation that it is stockpiling episodes of the newsmagazine in advance of an expected strike by the Writers Guild of America, which could occur as early as November 1. (During the summer, NBC aired as many as seven hours of Dateline programs in a single week.)




12/10/2007