Stone Rolling Away from 'Dateline'
Phillips leaving newsmag after 15 years
The move comes as part of a cost-saving measure at the network, several news outlets report, as Phillips' job as co-anchor of the broadcast won't be filled. Instead, "Today" news anchor Ann Curry will become the main host of the prime-time program, with correspondents possibly joining her at times.
"It's been a wonderful 15 years," Phillips says in a statement. "I'm profoundly appreciative of the many friends and colleagues, past and present, who have been a part of the 'Dateline' family."
The 52-year-old Phillips has been with "Dateline" from its beginnings in 1992, the year he joined NBC News. Prior to that he was a correspondent for ABC's "World News Tonight" and "20/20."
His departure, which will come when his contract expires at the end of June, is part of a wider cost-cutting initiative at NBC News. "Nightly News" weekend anchor John Siegenthaler was recently let go as part of the same effort; he's being replaced by Lester Holt, who also co-anchors the weekend editions of "Today."
"Viewers know Stone as a great reporter and anchor," "Dateline" executive producer David Corvo says. "But his co-workers also know him as a loyal leader and patient mentor. At 'Dateline,' we'll miss the passion he brought to his work, and will do our best to live up to the standard he has set."