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Faces & Names: Seacrest to renew ‘Idol’ contract

Ryan Seacrest is nearing a renewal of his contract with Fox’s “American Idol,” according to individuals with knowledge of the situation. He’s also looking to expand his role with Clear Channel Communications, while his role at NBCUniversal will probably decrease.

Despite reports that state otherwise, Seacrest will sign a deal for two more years with the singing competition, despite its flagging ratings. A host of the competition since its 2002 debut, the contract renewal would take Seacrest through Season 15.

In addition, Seacrest is looking to expand his deal with radio partner Clear Channel Communications. In this expanded role, Seacrest would produce programs via Ryan Seacrest Productions and expand his role in its brand iHeart Radio.

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