Television personality Deborah Norville and Cristiana Falcone Sorrell, wife of one of the advertising industry's most influential executives, have joined the board of media company Viacom Inc.
Norville, who rose to fame as co-host of NBC's "Today" show in 1990, has been the anchor of the syndicated newsmagazine show "Inside Edition" for more than 15 years.
Falcone Sorrell serves as an adviser to the chairman of the World Economic Forum. Her husband is Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the WPP Group, the global advertising behemoth that employs 162,000 people in 110 countries and generates more than $15 billion a year in revenue.
New York-based Viacom, controlled by 89-year-old mogul Sumner Redstone, owns such cable channels as MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon and the Hollywood based movie studio, Paramount Pictures.