NBC News Already Grooming Gregory's Replacement?
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 11:59:21 AM EDT
Last week I noted how NBC's "Meet the Press" has been dropping like a rock relative to its Sunday competitors ever since David Gregory took over as the program's full-time moderator. Now comes word that NBC News is going to even greater lengths to groom the man who someday (and not necessarily so long in the future) might replace Gregory.
According to multiple network sources, MSNBC is in the process of developing a weekend political show to be moderated by Chuck Todd, the network's political director and chief White House correspondent.
Last year, in the wake of Tim Russert's death, network executives seriously considered Mr. Todd to take over the moderating duties on Meet the Press.
Ultimately, however, Mr. Todd lost out to David Gregory, a more seasoned TV newsman, who had significantly more experience than Mr. Todd sitting in the anchor's seat and doing one-on-one interviews with top newsmakers in Washington.
NBC News has already tapped Chuck Todd to replace Gregory once -- as White House correspondent, a position seen as a stepping stone for even bigger things to come -- so it wouldn't be out of the question to see the goateed guru follow in Gregory's footsteps again in the future. And, remember, prior to Tim Russert, who spent seventeen years moderating "Meet the Press," NBC shuffled a number of reporters in and out of the chair -- Garrick Utley, Chris Wallace, Marvin Kalb, Roger Mudd -- for two or three years apiece, at most, so that future point may not be too distant. Todd will still have to prove himself, no doubt, but this definitely looks like news that augurs quite a bit for the direction in which NBC News is moving and will be moving in the years to come.