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The Future of “Meet the Press”

Big, important piece in today’s New York Times.

The highlights:

  • “Sometime between Election Day and early December, NBC News will make a final decision about who will replace Tim Russert and his interim successor, Tom Brokaw, at the helm of ‘Meet the Press,’ Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, said in an interview.”

  • “[I]t is leaning toward an ensemble of hosts that would be led by Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director, and include David Gregory, a correspondent and MSNBC anchor, according to a person who had been briefed on the proposal but was not authorized to comment, partly because the plans were not set.”

  • “Mr. Brokaw said that over the summer he had ‘advocated’ within the executive suite of NBC News to modify the anchor duties of the MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews on election night and on nights when there were presidential debates.”

  • “Mr. Brokaw said he had also conducted some shuttle diplomacy in recent weeks between NBC and the McCain campaign. His mission, he said, was to assure the candidate’s aides that — despite some negative on-air commentary by Mr. Olbermann in particular — Mr. McCain could still get a fair shake from NBC News.”

  • “Mr. Brokaw is 68 now, and the strain of a frenetic travel and work schedule appears to show in ways it did not before. At times on ‘Meet the Press’ or on ‘Today’ in recent weeks, Mr. Brokaw’s eyes have appeared to be mere slits and he has seemed short of breath.”

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