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Chuck Todd Gets Advice from Sen. John McCain on ‘Meet the Press’ Hosting Duties

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.58.26During his final week as host of “The Daily Rundown” before taking over as “Meet the Press” moderator, Chuck Todd‘s Rundown has featured surprise guests coordinated by producers including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) this morning.

McCain, the most popular “MTP” guest in terms of his number of appearances, was on hand to offer advice to Todd in his new role.

Asked by Todd what he thinks the role of “Meet the Press” has been and should be in Washington and for America, McCain responded, “I think it has been not just the oldest, but the premier Sunday encounter that the American people can have with leading figures in the political world. I would suggest that rather than try to expand it and do all kinds of different issues and subjects and kind of cute little anecdotes, that we really do what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country, which then means, ‘What are our policies. What are the dynamics’.” Read more

Joe Scarborough Asks How 9-Year-Old with Uzi at Range Killed Man

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.14.53Yesterday at an Arizona shooting range, a 9-year-old lost control of an Uzi, subsequently killing a 39-year-old instructor, Charles Vacca.

Today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough went off on how this even happened.

“A man is dead and they’ve ruined a little girl’s life,” Scarborough passionately stated. “I say this as a father of an eleven year old girl. Who would put an uzi in the hands of a nine-year-old girl? What is wrong with these people? What is wrong with this culture?…What right is advanced by doing that?” Read more

Turner Offers Voluntary Separation Plan; ‘Will also undertake additional reductions in staffing’

sidebar_contact_us_1Anxious employees at CNN, including those in DC, have been bracing for the worst amid hints of massive layoffs slated for the outlet. Today, Turner sent out an email to staff across all of its brands offering a Voluntary Separation Program to employees 55 and over who have worked for Turner for 10+ years.

Capital New York reported last week that Turner CEO John Martin explained his “Turner 2020″ plan in a memo, saying, “A core team of our colleagues has looked at the purpose, structure and fit of literally every department in the company—more than 700 in all…Division leaders now are reviewing the working groups’ reports on their respective areas of oversight. Over the coming weeks, they will work with me to finalize the organizational changes we will implement.”

CNN president Jeff Zucker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that, “we are going to have to do what we do with less.”

Today’s memo, sent by Turner’s chief human resources officer, confirms measures beyond the voluntary buyouts are to be expected.

See the full memo after the jump. Read more

MTV Airs Ferguson PSA During VMAs

Sunday night during the MTV Video Music Awards, the network aired two commercials as part of its Look Different campaign to end racial, gender, and anti-LGBT bias, created with the Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, and Southern Poverty Law Center.

One of the two 15 second PSAs featured the quote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” by James Baldwin overtop an image of a sign at an entry point to Ferguson, Mo., a town that’s gripped national headlines after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, earlier this month.

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Chuck Todd and NBC President Deborah Turness on Future of ‘Meet the Press’

Meet the Press - Season 67Recently named “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd was a guest on NBC’s “TODAY” show this morning and addressed expectations of him as moderator of the iconic Sunday morning public affairs and longest running television program.

“I think the job for all of us, particularly in political reporting, is to demystify Washington for the American public but then also try to translate the American public’s frustration for out of touch Washington people,” said Todd.

Todd’s comments follow NBC president Deborah Turness‘ in a Sunday New York Times piece on her first year at the network and planned growth across its morning and evening – weekday and weekend – programming. Read more

40 Year DC TV Veteran Arch Campbell to Leave WJLA

arch-campbellDCRTV reports that WJLA and News Channel 8′s Arch Campbell is set to leave local news and his Thursday and Friday evening hosting gig of the entertainment and comedy program “The Arch Campbell Show.”

Campbell has reported on movies, theatre and entertainment in Washington for more than 40 years, with WJLA since 2007, and NBC4 for 32 years prior. Campbell’s departure comes weeks after the completed sale of WJLA and News Channel 8 from Allbritton Communications to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Campbell shared with DCRTV that he’s headed to his hometown of San Antonio and will continue to post movie reviews at ArchCampbell.org. DCRTV reports that Campbell shared on Facebook, “The new owners of 7 and 8 have graciously asked me to let them know if and when I want to return. But right now I’m taking a break. I have a couple of exciting projects ahead and a few personal things to do.”

Campbell’s last day on air in Washington will be August 28.

President Obama: ‘The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley’

NBC-James-Foley-300x168President Obama Wednesday afternoon delivered a statement on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS.

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday was confirmed authentic by National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden on Wednesday. In it, Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who has written for TIME that was kidnapped in August 2013 is also shown, and threats on his life made.

In remarks from Martha’s Vineyard, Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day…People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” Read more

WATCH LIVE: President Obama to Deliver 12:45pm Statement

President Barack Obama will deliver a statement at 12:45pm Wednesday from Martha’s Vineyard on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden confirmed the video’s authenticity on Wednesday, after it was posted, and soon after removed, from YouTube.

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New Uber SVP David Plouffe and Uber CEO Join Bloomberg TV’s ‘Street Smart’

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 18.31.15Shortly after today’s announcement that David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, would join Uber next month as SVP of policy and strategy, Plouffe and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were guests on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”

Bloomberg’s Trish Regan opened by asking Kalanick about his hiring of Plouffe, a recent Bloomberg Television contributor, and what he’ll be doing in his role, and Plouffe, how he’ll leverage national campaign management experience on a global scale.

The anchor then transitioned the focus to accusations from competitor Lyft that Uber ordered and canceled nearly 5,000 rides and that drivers have been upset with ‘changing discount rates.’

Watch the clip, after the jump.

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Bret Baier and Andrea Mitchell Both Nominate Chuck Todd for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Days after being named the new host (effective Sept. 7) of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd has already been called out twice by his colleagues.

Yesterday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who guest hosted “MTP” this past Sunday, and FOX News’ Bret Baier nominated Todd to get wet for ALS.

Baier dumped a bucket of ice water on himself overlooking the Capitol and Mitchell did so seated outside NBC’s Washington bureau.

Mitchell confirmed that Todd is on vacation through next week but has accepted the challenge.

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