Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer
04/06/2011 at 05:00 PM EDT
It's been a week of reported shakeups for TV journalists.
Fresh of the heels of news that Meredith Vieira may not renew her contract
once it expires later this year, reports have surfaced that her co-host, Matt Lauer, will also step down from his position at the NBC morning show.
According to Entertainment Tonight
, Lauer, 53, has already notified his NBC bosses that he plans to leave the show he's hosted since 1997 when his contract expires on Dec. 31, 2012.
show released a statement Wednesday, saying, "There seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it's not our practice to comment on any of it. Matt Lauer has a long term contract with NBC News and Today
Also reportedly on the move: Lauer's former Today
co-host Katie Couric, who is said to be planning to leave her news anchor job
at CBS Evening News