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Chuck Todd Announces Luke Russert as ‘Meet the Press’ Regular Contributor

s-LUKERUSSERT-largeNBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd this afternoon emailed colleagues to confirm that Luke Russert will join the program – that his late-father Tim Russert hosted for 17 years – as a regular contributor. He’ll contribute both on Sundays and online throughout the week.

“Luke has an impressive love for politics and has proven himself on the Capitol Hill beat,” wrote Todd and acting executive producer John Reiss to “MTP” staff. “He’ll continue in his current role reporting for the network and MSNBC, but he’ll also branch out to take on new projects specifically for us.”

Russert joins “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, BuzzFeed’s Washington bureau chief John Stanton, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson as regular “MTP” contributors.

In an email to FishbowlDC, NBC again reaffirmed that rumors Russert was given a $500,000 bonus for joining the program are untrue.

Todd and Reiss’ note to staff after the jump. Read more

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The Important Role of the EP in a Sunday Show’s Success

Meet the Press - Season 67In case you (too) missed it, a piece last week to The New Republic highlighted the often overlooked and actual reason for a Sunday show’s success: the executive producer.

With Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he and the network are furiously working to regain the #1 rating among Sunday public affairs programming – competing against ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer - but a key component in that battle is the effectiveness of the show’s EP.

“In the world of Sunday shows, which have much smaller staffs than the typical network news program, the EP play an especially crucial role,” writes TNR’s Jason Zengerle. “While the anchor is the one asking senators and cabinet secretaries the tough questions, it’s the EP feeding those questions to the anchor’s earpiece—as well as doing the legwork to book those senators and cabinet secretaries as guests in the first place.” Read more

FNC’s ‘MediaBuzz’ Bests CNN’s Chuck Todd Exclusive on ‘Reliable Sources’

foxkurtzpost-mediabuzzOn Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, host Brian Stelter aired a pre-recorded sit down with Chuck Todd on his, you guessed it, debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

While “Meet” was the number one watched Sunday show on network television according to Nielsen fast program ratings, his CNN exclusive didn’t best competing FOX News Channel’s “MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz.”

According to Nielsen Media Research, “MediaBuzz” had 963,000 total viewers, with 327,000 in the A25-54 demo. “Reliable Sources” came in significantly under that at 614,000 total and 132,000 demo viewers.

Sunday, September 7 marked “MediaBuzz’s” one year anniversary, up 146% in the A25-54 demo compared to last year’s numbers. It was also its second highest demo.

POLITICO’s Hadas Gold, Edward-Isaac Dovere Talk ‘Meet the Press’

Continuing on the beat of ‘Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press”,’ we give you POLITICO’s media reporter Hadas Gold and senior White House reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere in conversation on Todd’s exclusive with President Barack Obama and changes to the longest running television program.

“It’s a different show than it was,” said Dovere. “Look, I don’t think it’s news to anybody that “Meet the Press” has not been must see TV. I think the real question is bigger than that. What do the Sunday shows do beyond being sort of moderated press conferences?”

WATCH:

Chuck Todd’s Debut as ‘Meet the Press’ Moderator Wins Early Ratings

Meet the Press - Season 67Based on Nielsen fast program ratings, Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of “Meet the Press” yesterday was the top Sunday public affairs program.

Final numbers will be released Thursday morning, but early numbers show that ”Meet the Press,” which aired an exclusive sit down with President Barack Obama, averaged 2.977 million total viewers. ”MTP” also won the coveted A25-54 demo with 804,000 viewers. Read more

Highlights from the 9.7.14 Sunday Shows

sunday-shows_304Chuck Todd on NBC treatment of the ousted David Gregory on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter: “I don’t know everything that happened. I was more out of the loop than I think some people would like to believe. I know — I’ve learned in my seven years now in the television business: this is hard. This is a tough business.”

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) on ABC’s “This Week” : “ISIS, at this point, is primarily focused on Iraq and Syria. I think the real threat from ISIS is the foreign fighters from the United States and other western countries that have gone to Syria to fight with them who then may come back. But they pose a threat more as lone wolves than as sort of any sort of organized plot. There’s no evidence at this point that ISIS is plotting and planning in the way that bin Laden was doing for 9/11.” Read more

Chuck Todd’s Debut as ‘Meet the Press’ Moderator

Meet the Press - Season 67 Chuck Todd debuted as the 12th moderator of the nation’s longest running TV program Sunday. For his first “Meet the Press” Todd landed a one-on-one with Pres. Barack Obama.

The two discussed several national and international concerns for the U.S., including the threat of ISIS, the Ebola outbreak, and the optics of golfing after his statement on the beheading by ISIS of American journalist James Foley, among other topics.

At the start of the interview, Todd asked Obama whether he was preparing to go back to war to combat ISIS, with President Obama announcing a Wednesday speech on his game plan. Read more

Chuck Todd Joins Brian Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Sunday in Pre-recorded Interview

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 16.54.45On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this Sunday at 11am, a pre-recorded sit down interview with host Brian Stelter and NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd will air. CNN issued a teaser of Stelter asking Todd whether he thinks the show he’s about to take over is broken. Spoiler – he doesn’t.

WATCH here.

Two Days Before Moderating ‘Meet the Press,’ Chuck Todd’s All Like ‘Ask Me Anything!’

Meet the Press - Season 67In advance of his debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday, Chuck Todd took to Reddit and told users to ‘Ask Me Anything,’ or “AMA,” as it’s referred to on the site.

Todd answered questions on a variety of topics, including pre-interview time with President Barack Obama ahead of this Sunday’s exclusive, which deceased person he wishes he could interview, and the most pressing, whether he uses conditioner.

Asked about the credibility of polling, Todd expressed concern for it and said that “Public polling, methodologically, is a mess.”

“I have less faith in state polls, generically, right now than at any point in my near 25 years covering politics,” Todd wrote. “I think folks that rely on these polls to aggregate figures or do more complicated regression analysis are playing with fire because the original source data is so unreliable. This November could see a LOT of polling mistakes, more than 2012.”

Todd responded to 25 Reddit users. Click here for the full Q&A.

Best News Ever – BuzzFeed’s John Stanton to Join ‘Meet the Press’ as Regular Panelist

BuzzFeed's John Stanton

BuzzFeed’s John Stanton

BuzzFeed Washington bureau chief John Stanton today announced on Facebook that he’ll join Joe Scarborough as a regular panelist on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“excited to be joining Meet the Press as one of their regular panelists, thus giving all you degenerates who are just getting home from partying something to watch on sunday mornings,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Stanton told FishbowlDC, “Even getting the chance to do it once is super cool,” and we look forward to seeing him come Sunday AM and for many weekends to come…as do many of his Facebook friends! Read more

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