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The Highest-Paid Media Figures According To TV Guide (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/11/11 11:46 AM ET   Updated: 10/10/11 06:12 AM ET

TV Guide has released its annual list of television's biggest salaries. Though the list covers all areas of TV, there are quite a few media personalities in the mix.

Among the top were Katie Couric's $15 million contract with CBS, which drew some whistles at the network, and Larry King's $14 million gig hosting "Larry King Live." Couric's tenure as anchor of the CBS' evening news program ended in June, while King retired last December.

Unsurprisingly, their replacements are not earning nearly as much. But there's one man who stands above both of them: NBC's Matt Lauer, who is pulling in an eye-watering $17 million a year for the "Today" show.

Below, see how much media personalities are making. Let us know which salaries you think are well-deserved -- and which you think are just excessive!

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CNN -- estimated $4 million

According to TVGuide, "Piers Morgan is getting less than a third of what Larry King earned during his final year in CNN's prime-time lineup."
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