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Andrea Mitchell Looks Back at David Gregory’s Time as MTP Host and with NBC News

In tribute to ousted “Meet the Press” moderator, yesterday’s host Andrea Mitchell looked back on David Gregory‘s six years hosting MTP and 20 years with NBC News.

“Meet the Press makes a lot of history, and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008, said Mitchell. “In twenty years with NBC News, David has done it all. The OJ Simpson trial, Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, TODAY show guest hosting. And, when the cameras weren’t rolling, dead on imitations of everyone from Presidents of the United States to Tom Brokaw. To all the years, David has been true to the traditions of the program and NBC News.”

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‘Page Six’ Reports David Gregory Paid $4 Million to Zip His Lips

The New York Post’s Page Six reported over the weekend that NBC paid David Gregory $4 million for a quiet departure from NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“A source said Gregory’s contract extended into next year, so NBC had to pay him for the rest of the term, plus an extra fee to ensure his silence,” wrote Page Six’s Emily Smith and Stephanie Smith of Gregory having to sign a clause restricting him from speaking ill of the network. Read more

NBC News President Confirms Chuck Todd to Replace David Gregory as ‘MTP’ Host

Meet the Press - Season 67NBC News president Deborah Turness announced to staff in an internal memo this hour that Chuck Todd will replace David Gregory as host of “Meet the Press.”

“His unique ability to deliver that passion with razor sharp analysis and infectious enthusiasm makes him the perfect next generation moderator of this beloved broadcast,” said Turness. “Chuck will ensure that Meet the Press is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set.”

Turness also confirmed that after 20 years with NBC News, Gregory bids farewell, which he announced earlier in the hour on Twitter.

Todd will take reigns of the program on September 7. Andrea Mitchell will moderate this weekend.

See the full memo after the jump. Read more

NBC Sources Tell Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove ‘Gregory is Toast’

Gregory_1.22Yesterday, the New York Post’s “Page Six” reported that David Gregory‘s tenure as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” may soon be coming to an end.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.”

Grove’s analysis differs dramatically compared to what an NBC spokesperson told “Page Six’s” Emily Smith Tuesday night, saying, “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did.” Read more

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Making Her Career

Andrea_Mitchell_Twitter_profile_headshotNBC’s Andrea Mitchell recently sat down with Washingtonian magazine to discuss the start and growth of her career and the personal toll of emotional stories.

Mitchell, who was pursuing a degree in English at the University of Pennsylvania where she was also a violinist, covered politics for campus radio and went on to intern at a local NBC affiliate.

“I was swept up in civil rights, the Vietnam War,” she says in the magazine’s June issue. “It was a great time to be a budding journalist.”

On “Staying human” : “My first major story—the massacre in Jonestown, Guyana—introduced me to true evil. Only after I got out of the taxi from the airport, walked onto my front porch, and started crying did the enormity finally hit me.”

Check out the full Q&A here.

Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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Weekend Show Preview, 3.21 – 3.23

SundayShows12Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Mitt Romney, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Capt. Sully Sullenberger, oceanographer Dave Gallo, Clarissa Ward of CBS, Fortune‘s Leigh Gallagher, David Sanger of NYT

“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Dr. Alan Diehl from the NTSB, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), Laura Ingraham, Bob Woodward, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Graham formerly of WaPo, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Jimmy Carter, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Frmr. Sec. of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Andrea Mitchell, NYT‘s David Brooks, Rich Lowry of National Review, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), NCAA’s Mark Emmert, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, frmr White House aide Reggie Love

ABC’s “This Week“: Matt Damon, Nate Silver, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Cokie Roberts, Dan Senor of the Foreign Policy Initiative

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Immigration activists Elvira and Saúl Arellano, Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Venezuelan Congresswoman María Corina Machado, author/journalist Anabel Hernández, and Cesar Chavez director Diego Luna

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Karen Ignagni of America’s Health Insurance Plans

CNN’s “State of the Union“: 9:00: Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Stephen Trimble of Flight Global, aviation analyst Mark Weiss, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinkin, Navy diving and salvage officer Bobbie Scholley, Maxim Van Norden of Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Newt Gingrich, USA Today‘s Susan Page, Neera Tanden of CAP, NOON: Madeleine Albright, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), oceanographer Luca Centurioni, Phoenix International’s Curt Newport, Rev. Earl Johnson of American Red Cross

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O’Bama’s St. Paddy’s Day Statement on Ukraine

Notably drunk and with lips as green as a leprechaun’s pecker, President Obama raised a glass to “those crazy a$$#@%#s in Crimea” at a short press conference today on the Ukrainian crisis. He also gave a “special shout-out” to Russian President Vladimir Putin who he said “acted all hard and s#%t,” but was in fact “fronting” and would “get his real soon.”

Media analysts across the spectrum rushed to interpret Obama’s remarks. We here at FBDC think MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell had it about right when she said the following to Matt Lauer:

“The President is understandably wasted right now. I mean come on Matt, the man just got finished with two wars and now he’s going to have to start another one -this time with the very real prospect of nuclear annihilation for one or more European allies. If I weren’t a gin girl, I’d be hitting the Jamie pretty hard right now too.”*

Erin go bragh, y’all!

*We made this up entirely. Here is what really happened.

Weekend Show Preview, 3.7 – 3.9

SundayShows12Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Guest Host Charlie Rose, Frmr VP Dick Cheney, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Frmr. Sec. of State James Baker, NYT‘s Peter Baker, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, National Review‘s Rich Lowry, Margaret Brennan of CBS

“Fox News Sunday”: Frmr. Sec of Defense Robert Gates, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), George Will, Wilson Center’s Jane Harman, Rick Santorum, Rana Foroohar of TIME

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ralph Reed, National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, Andrea Mitchell

ABC’s “This Week“: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Ana Navarro, Peggy Noonan of WSJ, David Plouffe

Univision’s “Al Punto”: President Barack Obama, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza, Univision’s María Antonieta Collins, Mexican Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora, Former President of Colombia Andrés Pastrana

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinkin, Lithuanian Ambassador to US Žygimantas Pavilionis, Estonian Ambassador to the US Marina Kaljurand, Frmr Gov. Charlie Crist (D-FL), AB Stoddard of The Hill, Ben Ferguson, Donna Brazile,

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Tina Brown, Madeleine Albright, Friends to Solve Ukraine Crisis Tonight

Powerful ladies of Washington unite!

Tina Brown is gathering together some A-list names tonight to discuss the situation in Ukraine at a “Women in the World” cocktail reception at the Fairmont Hotel. Some of the women attending include:

Anita Dunn, Cheryl Mills, Amb. Melanne Verveer of Georgetown, MSNNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Sophie L’Helias Delattre of the Center for Stategic and International Studies, Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar, Elizabeth Thorp from Capitol File, Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell, Lauren Shweder Biel of DC Greens, documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, activist Humaira Bachal from Karachi, and Valerie Jarrett.

Frmr Sec. of State Madeleine Albright will be the guest of honor, and then, of course, Tina Brown will be hosting.

FishbowlDC will be attending the event as well, so we’ll keep you posted on what plan these impressive women put together to solve the world’s problems.

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