NBC News Already Grooming Gregory's Replacement?

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.

Tags: Chuck Todd, David Gregory, Meet the Press, NBC News (all tags)



Chuck T. is kind of wonky...

But, I think has a chance to grow into the role, compared to Gregory, whom I like, but just not for MTP.

In my pyscho nutbar left wing dreams, someone at MSNBC goes off the deep end, picks Rachell Maddow.

I said it was a dream, ok?????

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-13 12:24PM | 0 recs
Tim Russert was an out of the box choice

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Russert had never worked in front of the camera when Michael Gartner (who was head of NBC News at the time) tapped him for Meet the Press. He didn't work his way up the chain like Gregory. Maybe they will need to find another out of the box choice.

I don't think NBC can choose someone with a very partisan profile for this job, though, so it shouldn't be someone who's worked on campaigns or for the White House.

by desmoinesdem 2009-04-13 12:32PM | 0 recs

 God, I hate that smarmy, incompetent boob.
by Maryscott OConnor 2009-04-13 01:42PM | 0 recs
Just do it.

Chuck Todd is and has always been the clear follow-up to Tim Russert.  The guy knows his stuff and cares more about the technical details being right than how popular he is.

Gregory may be a more seasoned newsman, but that's all he is, a newsman.  He's not a wonk and his truck stops for made-up controversy.

by Dracomicron 2009-04-13 02:40PM | 0 recs

they should have picked chuck todd from the get go.

he's more or less non-partisan, at least as non-partisan as you get in the media these days.
 he generally knows what he's talking about and tries to adhere to accuracy.

david gregory is a douchebag.

by theninjagoddess 2009-04-13 04:02PM | 0 recs


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