CBS seeking to renew David Letterman through 2012

David Letterman is near a deal to continue reading Top 10 lists on CBS for another three years.

The network is about to re-sign the Emmy-winning talk-show personality to continue hosting “Late Show” until 2011-12, sources said. The agreement will represent a two-year extension on his current contract, which expires in 2010.

The decision to stay the course comes as rival NBC makes dramatic changes to its late-night lineup, moving Jay Leno to 10 p.m. next fall and installing Conan O’Brien behind the “Tonight Show” desk.

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