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NBC to Announce Chuck Todd as Host of ‘Meet The Press’ Today or Friday

Meet The PressCNN’s Brian Stelter is reporting that David Gregory‘s reign as NBC’s “Meet the Press” host has come to an end and that Chuck Todd has been tapped to replace him, with official word from NBC to come today or Friday. Todd is NBC News’ chief White House correspondent and political director.

“The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the record,” Stelter wrote for CNN Money. “One said that the transition will be swift — so swift that Gregory will not even host ‘Meet the Press’ this weekend.”

WaPo’s Wesley Lowery Responds to Joe Scarborough’s Criticism on CNN

MSNBCNNFergusonThis morning on CNN, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, who was arrested, assaulted and released without charges, paperwork or the names of the arresting officers last night in Ferguson, Mo. with HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly, addressed comments made by Joe Scarborough today on “Morning Joe.”

Scarborough said, “I’ve been in places where police officers said, ‘All right. You know what? This is cordoned off. You guys need to move along.’ You know what I do? I go, ‘Yes, sir,’ or ‘Yes, ma’am.’ I don’t sit there and have a debate and film the police officer unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day.”

Lowery began by encouraging Scarborough to “get out of 30 Rock where he’s sitting there sipping his Starbucks smugly” and “do some reporting on the ground.”

WATCH Lowery’s response to CNN’s Kate Bolduan after the jump. Read more

Trish Turner Named Washington Senior Producer of ‘CBS This Morning’

Trish TurnerFormer Capitol Hill producer for the FOX News Channel and CNN Trish Turner has been named Washington senior producer of “CBS This Morning.” Turner will fill the role previously held by Jill Jackson, who yesterday, we wrote, is set to join “Face the Nation” as senior producer.

Earlier in her career, Turner was with CNN as a Capitol Hill producer, before joining FOX as a White House producer and senior Capitol Hill producer. In 2012, Turner relocated to New York to manage political coverage of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

In an email to staff yesterday, “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht said, “Trish has extensive experience managing editorial direction, covering campaigns, editing scripts, field producing big events and leading a team—all skills vital to the senior producer role in Washington. As many in our DC bureau who’ve battled against her in the field can attest—it is good to have her WITH us and not AGAINST us.”

FOX5′s Kevin McCarthy Trades Career with Robert Griffin III

Today on FOX 5′s “Good Day DC,” the network’s entertainment and film critic Kevin McCarthy visited Robert Griffin III this week at team training and attempted to trade careers with the football star.

In the segment, RG3 rated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and almost successfully taught McCarthy to throw the perfect spiral.

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Pre-dawn Wake Up Calls for ‘GMA,’ ‘Today’ On-air Talent

morningschedgeIt’s after noon, and already, George Stephanopoulos has been up for 9.5 hours. Savannah Guthrie’s alarm went off at 3am. And late-riser Matt Lauer woke at 4:10am.

Variety’s Brian Steinberg explores the battle between “Good Morning America” and the “Today” show and the wake up times and morning routines of some of their top talent.

Check out the full story, but a word of caution. All of the times you will read will be alarming.

Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings Promoted to Deputy Managing Editor

POLITICO’s Dylan Byers reports that Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings has been named deputy managing editor. In this role she’ll manage communications between Washington and New York, where Bloomberg’s new daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann - slated to launch in October – will be produced.

“The new role gives Cummings the lead Washington role in Bloomberg’s flagship politics site heading into the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential election, though she will continue to report to the D.C. management,” wrote Byers of Cummings promotion from Bloomberg News deputy editor.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Cummings was with The Wall Street Journal and later an assistant managing editor at POLITICO.

For more, click here.

CBS Technician in Oval Office for Nixon’s Resignation: 40 Years Later

On the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, CBS’s Scott Pelley sits down with CBS cameraman George Christian, who at 27 was a technician for the network. Christian goes on to tell his story as one of two CBS crew members allowed in the Oval Office for Nixon’s resignation speech.

“I was more than nervous,” Christian said. “I was scared to death!”

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‘House of Cards’ Filming to Take Place in DC Saturday

Are you the ultimate “House of Cards” fan? But were you not cast for season 3 at its June open casting call in Bel Air, Md? Well here’s your last chance for an appearance on the next season of the popular Netflix series.

On Saturday, August 9, from noon until 10pm, Knight Takes King Productions will be shooting in the District for “House of Cards,” filming “ ‘drive-bys’, b-roll, and a mock-motorcade scene.” Read more

Layoffs Hit Bloomberg’s DC Bureau

Bloomberg recently announced layoffs in its DC bureau, relocating several TV production positions to New York, where its daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann - slated to launch in October – will be produced.

Amid news of the layoffs, Bloomberg spokeswoman Amanda Cowie shared the following statement with FishbowlDC: ”Our TV operation — in the U.S. and around the world — is growing in size. We are changing how, and where, the TV operation is run.”

“We will continue to expand our Washington coverage,” Cowie added. “We’re launching a new politics platform – including for the first time a daily political show – expanding initiatives like First Word DC, investing in financial crimes reporting, and the changes are a part of the overall new structure being put into place.”

POLITICO reports that “several print staff wil also be laid off” and that “some New York-based production jobs to London.”

 

Whoopi Goldberg Fails to Understand Guest Host S.E. Cupp’s Rationale on ‘The View’

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 16.11.38The day after FOX 5′s Emily Miller guest co-hosted “The View” for the second time in a week, CNN’s S.E. Cupp was back for her third attempt to woo the network.

On the topic of a Georgia mall that told a fitness group who formed a prayer circle that doing so was against mall policy, Cupp and co-host Whoopi Goldberg seemed not to see eye to eye on the issue, and because Goldberg couldn’t differentiate between two scenarios Cupp was referencing. Read more

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