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Chuck Todd’s Debut as ‘Meet the Press’ Moderator Wins Early Ratings

Meet the Press - Season 67Based on Nielsen fast program ratings, Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of “Meet the Press” yesterday was the top Sunday public affairs program.

Final numbers will be released Thursday morning, but early numbers show that ”Meet the Press,” which aired an exclusive sit down with President Barack Obama, averaged 2.977 million total viewers. ”MTP” also won the coveted A25-54 demo with 804,000 viewers. Read more

Highlights from the 9.7.14 Sunday Shows

sunday-shows_304Chuck Todd on NBC treatment of the ousted David Gregory on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter: “I don’t know everything that happened. I was more out of the loop than I think some people would like to believe. I know — I’ve learned in my seven years now in the television business: this is hard. This is a tough business.”

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) on ABC’s “This Week” : “ISIS, at this point, is primarily focused on Iraq and Syria. I think the real threat from ISIS is the foreign fighters from the United States and other western countries that have gone to Syria to fight with them who then may come back. But they pose a threat more as lone wolves than as sort of any sort of organized plot. There’s no evidence at this point that ISIS is plotting and planning in the way that bin Laden was doing for 9/11.” Read more

Chuck Todd’s Debut as ‘Meet the Press’ Moderator

Meet the Press - Season 67 Chuck Todd debuted as the 12th moderator of the nation’s longest running TV program Sunday. For his first “Meet the Press” Todd landed a one-on-one with Pres. Barack Obama.

The two discussed several national and international concerns for the U.S., including the threat of ISIS, the Ebola outbreak, and the optics of golfing after his statement on the beheading by ISIS of American journalist James Foley, among other topics.

At the start of the interview, Todd asked Obama whether he was preparing to go back to war to combat ISIS, with President Obama announcing a Wednesday speech on his game plan. Read more

Chuck Todd Joins Brian Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Sunday in Pre-recorded Interview

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 16.54.45On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this Sunday at 11am, a pre-recorded sit down interview with host Brian Stelter and NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd will air. CNN issued a teaser of Stelter asking Todd whether he thinks the show he’s about to take over is broken. Spoiler – he doesn’t.

WATCH here.

Two Days Before Moderating ‘Meet the Press,’ Chuck Todd’s All Like ‘Ask Me Anything!’

Meet the Press - Season 67In advance of his debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday, Chuck Todd took to Reddit and told users to ‘Ask Me Anything,’ or “AMA,” as it’s referred to on the site.

Todd answered questions on a variety of topics, including pre-interview time with President Barack Obama ahead of this Sunday’s exclusive, which deceased person he wishes he could interview, and the most pressing, whether he uses conditioner.

Asked about the credibility of polling, Todd expressed concern for it and said that “Public polling, methodologically, is a mess.”

“I have less faith in state polls, generically, right now than at any point in my near 25 years covering politics,” Todd wrote. “I think folks that rely on these polls to aggregate figures or do more complicated regression analysis are playing with fire because the original source data is so unreliable. This November could see a LOT of polling mistakes, more than 2012.”

Todd responded to 25 Reddit users. Click here for the full Q&A.

Best News Ever – BuzzFeed’s John Stanton to Join ‘Meet the Press’ as Regular Panelist

BuzzFeed's John Stanton

BuzzFeed’s John Stanton

BuzzFeed Washington bureau chief John Stanton today announced on Facebook that he’ll join Joe Scarborough as a regular panelist on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“excited to be joining Meet the Press as one of their regular panelists, thus giving all you degenerates who are just getting home from partying something to watch on sunday mornings,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Stanton told FishbowlDC, “Even getting the chance to do it once is super cool,” and we look forward to seeing him come Sunday AM and for many weekends to come…as do many of his Facebook friends! Read more

Weekend Show Preview – 9.7.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Sunday marks Chuck Todd‘s first as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” with an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will be on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday.” Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) will join “FOX News Sunday.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Chuck Todd and Deborah Turness Have Thursday Night ‘Working Dinner’ at Stoney’s

In the final 72 hours before his debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where was Chuck Todd? Stoney’s!

In an interview with POLITICO’s Dylan Byers this week, Todd recalled NBC News president Deborah Turness - who just last month announced that he’d replace David Gregory as “MTP” moderator – requesting a staff working-dinner for Thursday.

Thursday being the start of the NFL season, Todd told Byers, “We found a sports bar that gave us a room with a TV…The rest of the staff can have a working dinner. I’m going to be watching football.”

Instagram via NBC News VP of communications Erika Masonhall:

Joe Scarborough to Join NBC News as Senior Political Analyst, ‘MTP’ as Regular Contributor

Meet the Press - Season 67In its continued revamp of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and the network’s political coverage, NBC News today announced that “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough will join the peacock network as a senior political analyst and regular contributor to “MTP” while remaining a co-host Mika Brzezinski at MSNBC. In addition, the former Florida Republican Congressman will join NBC’s election coverage team and offer political news analysis across network programming.

“Joe has one of the best political minds in the NBC family,” said NBC News political director Chuck Todd, in advance of his first Sunday as moderator of “Meet the Press.” “His love of politics and passion for debate will guarantee the kind of robust conversation that has always been a hallmark of ‘Meet the Press,’ and I look forward to the reported analysis he’ll bring to the table.” Read more

Chuck Todd Lands Exclusive with President Obama for Debut as ‘MTP’ Moderator

unnamedFor his first Sunday as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd will talk exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to US relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections.

The interview will take place at the White House this weekend and air during Sunday’s 10:30am broadcast of “MTP.”

The Obama exclusive comes days after John Reiss was named acting executive producer of “Meet,” replacing Rob Yarin, who held the top producer spot during the tenure of David Gregory, who was ousted last month.

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