The Highest-Paid Media Figures: TV Guide (PHOTOS)

Matt Lauer

First Posted: 08/08/12 09:56 AM ET Updated: 08/09/12 03:01 PM ET

TV Guide is out with its annual list of the highest-paid television stars, and there are plenty of media figures in its ranks.

Among the top were Matt Lauer -- who signed an eyepopping $21.5 million contract after much speculation that he could leave "Today" -- and Anderson Cooper, who kicks off the second season of his daytime show in September.

Lauer also topped last year's list with his old contract (a reported $17 million per year). The negotiations for his new contract came as the morning show wars reached a fever pitch, and was testament to Lauer's importance to "Today."

The Daily Beast has also compiled a list based on reported figures, which they ran past industry insiders. Below, see the media figures who earn some of the highest salaries in the business.

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  • Robin Meade, HLN anchor


  • Sherri Shepherd, "The View"

    $1.5 million

  • Savannah Guthrie, NBC News

    $2 million

  • Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC

    $2 million

  • Erin Burnett, CNN

    $2 million

  • Gayle King, CBS News

    $2 million

  • Wolf Blitzer, CNN

    $3 million

  • Joe Scarborough, MSNBC

    $4 million

  • Chris Matthews, MSNBC

    $5 million

  • George Stephanopoulos, ABC News

    $5 million

  • Scott Pelley, CBS News

    $5 million

  • Piers Morgan, CNN

    $6 million

  • Robin Roberts, ABC News

    $6 million

  • Al Roker, NBC News

    $7 million

  • Charlie Rose, CBS News

    $8 million

  • Shepard Smith, Fox News

    $10 million

  • Anderson Cooper, CNN and "Anderson Live"

    $11 million

  • Diane Sawyer, "ABC World News"

    $12 million

  • Brian Williams, NBC News

    $13 million

  • Bill O'Reilly, Fox News

    $15 million

  • Sean Hannity, Fox News

    $15 million

  • Kelly Ripa, ABC

    $20 million

  • Matt Lauer, NBC News

    $21.5 million