Meet the Press

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David Gregory to Host Meet the Press

David Gregory, Meet the Press

David Gregory has officially been named the new moderator of Meet the Press.

The longtime NBC chief White House correspondent will take over the role, vacated in June by the death of Tim Russert, on Sunday, Dec. 14. Interim moderator, Tom Brokaw, formally introduced Gregory at the end of his broadcast Sunday, ending weeks of rumors and speculation.

Calling the position an "incredible honor," Gregory, vowed to ...
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Presidential Race Winners and Losers

Tina Fey, Bob Schieffer and Rachel Maddow

Not all the winners in a presidential election go to Washington. Some jump into the political fray to get laughs, higher ratings, or their own show on MSNBC. Here's our look at the stars - and one city - that have already won or lost in Campaign '08. read more

I hope I'm not the only one ...

Question: I hope I'm not the only one feeling that NBC's pre-taped segment with Tom Brokaw discussing the political turmoil of China was tasteless. It was an awful, politically slanted piece of garbage. This is a sporting event, not Meet the Press. The night was supposed to celebrate the world, China and athletes, but instead I was given a five-minute piece meant to "keep this Olympics in perspective" and practically seed hate for the Chinese. Its funny, right after that taped segment, Matt Lauer says "live" while commentating that he doesn't want the show to have a political message and refused to bring up any politics during the show. I know you mentioned it in your most recent Dispatch (more as a play-by-play), but what were your thoughts on the segment? Answer: I wasn't troubled or offended by the news report, in part because I never think context is a bad thing — and when you consider the worldwide protests that greeted the running of the Olympic torch in many nations, an ... read more

Tim Russert's Son Follows Father's Footsteps

Luke Russert by Paul Morigi/ WireImage.com

Late host of Meet the Press Tim Russert may no longer be a part of the NBC News family, but the Russert name will carry on at the Peacock as his son Luke joins on as a new correspondent for the network. According to The New York Times, young Russert's first assignment will begin late August at the Democratic National Convention in Denver followed by the Republican National Convention in St. Paul at the beginning of September. President of NBC News Steve Capus is confident "Luke will bring a unique perspective" to covering this election especially since "so much attention has turned to the youth vote." Prior to his father's death on June 13, Luke Russert had established a name for himself in the media world having co-hosted an XM radio show with political pundit James Carville for two years. An NBC spokeswoman also confirmed that Russert will be continuing with his work for NBC after the November election turning his attention to covering youth issues. What do you think about Luke f... read more

Some friends and I were ...

Question: Some friends and I were discussing who should take over moderating duties on Meet the Press. A lot of people have been voicing interest in Tom Brokaw or Dick Gregory, both of which seem like logical choices. I was wondering what the odds are of NBC reaching outside of the white male box and choosing political correspondent Andrea Mitchell. She's smart, serious, and knows her politics. That's my pick. Who's yours? Answer: My initial response to this, before NBC News made it official over the weekend, was that while Andrea Mitchell is at least as deserving as any of the other NBC News veterans, it would make the most symbolic sense for Tom Brokaw to be the steward of Meet the Press during this wrenching transition period. His experience and gravitas, and his availability, make him the perfect authority figure to fill the void left by Tim Russert's unexpected and tragic passing. If NBC had not gone this route, I would have expected the news division to rotate the moderator's ... read more

NBC Names Brokaw Interim Meet the Press Host

Tom Brokaw by Tom Brokaw by Gary Gershoff/WireImage.com

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has been named interim moderator of Meet the Press. He will moderate MTP beginning Sunday, June 29 and will serve in that post through November's presidental election.Former host Tim Russert died of a heart attack June 13. Brokaw also hosted a special MTP edition last week that recounted Russert's life and career. Current Nightly News anchor Brian Williams moderated today's MTP telecast.The AP reports Brokaw discussed taking over the moderator post with NBC News president Steve Capus while riding the train back from Washington to New York from Wednesday's memorial service for Russert."The plan is for me to be in place until they can find somebody who can take it over on a permanent basis," Brokaw said.In addition to finding a full-time MTP moderator to take over following November's elections, NBC must find someone to fill Russert's shoes as Washington bureau chief. — J.R. WhalenRelated:• Cheers: A Memorable Tim Russert Memorial• Who ... read more

Did NBC News Go Overboard with Russert?

Tim Russert by Giovanni Rufino/MSNBC

It didn't take long for media critics and bloggers to start whining over how much time NBC News and its cable network are devoting to the death of Tim Russert. read more

This Week, Brian Williams Will Meet the Press

Brian Williams by Joe Kohen/WireImage.com

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will moderate Meet the Press this Sunday, according to a network spokeswoman. Williams is taking over the chair while the news division's executives deliberate over choosing a long-term replacement for their late colleague, Tim Russert.Williams was a White House correspondent before he was groomed to be successor to Brokaw for Nightly News. If Williams' assignment lasts, he won't be the first to do double duty on an evening newscast and a Sunday public affairs show. Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer continued to moderate his show while he was interim anchor of CBS Evening News. — Stephen BattaglioRelated:• Did NBC News Go Overboard with Russert?• The Biz Asks: Who Will Be Russert's Successor?• Matt Roush Remembers Tim Russert, TV's Political Enthusiast read more

Who Will Be Russert's Successor?

Tom Brokaw by Ali Goldstein/NBC

Executives at NBC News are still reeling over the death of friend and colleague Tim Russert. But soon they will have to come up with a plan about how to proceed with their coverage of the 2008 Presidential campaign, which includes picking Russert's successor at Meet the Press. While we believe there are only two real candidates for the job, here's what we think about all the names that have been thrown out there.
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Tim Russert Remembered on Meet the Press

After the sudden and tragic death of famed political analyst Tim Russert, NBC went forward with a Tom Brokaw-hosted, special edition of Meet the Press which paid tribute to his "beloved colleague." The emotional episode filmed as Russert's moderator chair stood empty in remembrance of his extraordinary life and career. apparent heart attack. Russert's son, Luke, was also on the Today show this morning expressing his appreciation to the outpouring of support from the NBC family as he and his mother are taking everything "day by day" during this difficult time.Related:• Meet the Press' Tim Russert Dead at 58• Matt Roush Remembers TV's Political Enthusiast• TV Guide's Last Interview with Tim Russert read more

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Premiered: November 06, 1947, on NBC
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Premise: This Sunday-morning public-affairs institution is network TV's oldest program, but it's certainly no dinosaur as it continues to be a prime forum for newsmakers (domestic and foreign) wanting to make announcements or test political waters. The series, in which guests are questioned by the moderator and a panel of journalists, began its life in prime time in November 1947.

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