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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.

As it pertains to “Meet the Press, Turness said, “The show needs more edge…It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”

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