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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

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NBC News’ Deborah Turness: ‘The time had come’

Meet the Press - Season 67In an interview with Bill Carter for The New York Times, NBC News president Deborah Turness further explained the replacement of David Gregory with Chuck Todd as host of “Meet the Press.”

“The time had come for this to happen,” Turness told Carter.

On Thursday, CNN’s Brian Stelter broke news that the Todd replacement of Gregory would be made within 48 hours. Less than three hours later, Gregory bid farewell to the network on Twitter.

After weeks of speculation, Turness said, “The numbers just didn’t move,” of the network’s attempts to better the ratings of the longest running television program in the country.

Read the full piece, here.

David Gregory Tweets Farewell to NBC

Less than three hours after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that NBC’s Chuck Todd will replace David Gregory as host of “Meet the Press,” Gregory tweeted his farewell and thank you to viewers.

MSNBC Ticker: ‘Chuck Todd Named New ‘Meet the Press’ Host’

MSNBCToddLess than an hour after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Chuck Todd is set to replace David Gregory as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” a headline appeared in the “Latest Stories” ticker on MSNBC live programming claiming such. This before any official announcement from NBC.

TVNewser reported last hour, that “NBC News reps, we’re told, are in meetings this afternoon and not able to answer our questions about any changes at ‘Meet the Press’.”

h/t Talking Points Memo

 

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.”

Josh Earnest Sits Down with CNN’s Brian Stelter for First Sunday Show Appearance

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 13.02.51On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” CNN host Brian Stelter sat down in the White House briefing room with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest to discuss a variety of issues including the Administration’s ‘transparency’ and how he’s settling into his new role in his first Sunday Show appearance.

On the topic of transparency, Earnest said, “If there’s ever a day when the White House press corps sits back and says, ‘You know, we’re getting all the information that we need from the White House Press Office,’ then everybody in the White House press corps would not be doing their jobs, right?”

For those who missed, click through for the full conversation, which also touched on whether he’s dreaded any days he’s had to speak at the podium, if the briefing should remain televised, and what his media diet entails. Read more

Hey, Isn’t That…

10355501_10152425784342789_2065361057743476583_oHey isn’t that former TVNewser editor now host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Brian Stelter and former FishbowlDC editor turned publicist for CNN Worldwide Matt Dornic at yesterday’s closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange? It is!

Stelter and Dornic joined CNN President Jeff Zucker, CNN’s new VP of CNNMoney and Politics Ed O’Keefe, and international business correspondent Richard Quest, among others, to close yesterday’s stock exchange and to commemorate the relaunch of CNNMoney, a now fully-owned CNN Worldwide property following Time Warner’s spinoff of Time Inc.

Way to go!

Click through for CNN’s look behind the scenes. Read more

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CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Suffers Second-Lowest Rating Ever

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This past Sunday, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” suffered its second-lowest rated demo ever with only 59K. According to Nielsen, 12/29/13 was the lowest (54K), which was also hosted by CNN’s Brian Stelter, after taking over the program the previous month. “Reliable Sources” became a one hour program on 2/7/10.

In the same time slot, FNC’s “MediaBuzz” delivered 203,000 in the key demo on Sunday, which more than triples “Reliable Sources.” According to Nielsen, on 5/25/14, ”MediaBuzz” beat CNN and MSNBC combined by 80%.

This after CNN fell to third place in total day viewers and primetime A25-54 demo viewers and falling to fourth place in the daytime demo. See the full numbers after the jump. Read more

FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaways: 1) Rankings are unchanged from last month -with the average rate of growth hovering around 2%. 2) The biggest under performer though, was Howard Kurtz, who added only 204 new followers over the course of January. 3) Top performers were Greta VanSusteren with 13,301 new followers, Bret Baier with 10,947, George Stephanopoulos with 9,634, and Chris Matthews with 8,814.

1.) George Stephanopoulos -ABC** – 1,926,327 (+0.5% month over month)
2.) David Gregory -NBC – 1,648,098 (+0.21%)
3.) Wolf Blitzer -CNN – 690,783 (+0.71%)
4.) Bret Baier -FOX – 445,511 (+2.5%)
5.) Chuck Todd -MSNBC – 409,593 (+2.0%)
6.) Greta VanSusteren -FOX – 397,724 (+3.46%)
7.) Jake Tapper -CNN – 319,961 (+2.0%)
8.) Chris Matthews -MSNBC – 232,583 (+3.9%)
9.) Brian Stelter** -CNN – 216,714 (+1.5%)
10.) Andrea Mitchell -MSNBC – 210,936 (+2.4%)
11.) Candy Crowley -CNN – 202,447 (+0.74%)
12.) Howard Kurtz -FOX – 129,247 (+0.16%)
13.) Gwen Ifill -PBS – 70,540 (+2.35%)
14.) Bob Schieffer -CBS – 52,217 (+1.8%)
15.) Judy Woodruff -PBS – 16,475 (+3.72%)
16.) Chris Wallace** -FOX – 0

Click here to see last month’s FBDC Tweeterboard for Washington Anchors.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does, however, have 76,775 followers, a 3.1% increase from last month.

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