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Chuck Todd’s First Meet The Press: ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’ (TVNewser)
Chuck Todd opened his first Meet The Press, surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report. FishbowlDC For his first Sunday as moderator, Todd talked exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to U.S. relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections. The interview took place at the White House over the weekend and aired during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. broadcast of MTP. Deadline Hollywood Things got testy — and Todd showed a tendency to interrupt — when Obama defended his decision to delay executive action on immigration, saying the summer’s surge of unaccompanied children at the Mexican border changed the politics of the issue. He rejected Todd’s notion the postponement is a political tactic intended to help embattled Democrats in the months before midterm elections, saying that the delay will help make new immigration policies “sustainable” when they are announced later this year. HuffPost There were other small tweaks in the show; Todd threaded his big interview with President Obama throughout the show instead of front-loading it at the beginning, turning to the panel after each portion was over. Todd’s real test will be in the weeks and months ahead. Todd has vowed to cut down on the Beltway bloviators and said he won’t book politicians unless they actually have a stake in the issue at hand. And, of course, he has to pull Meet The Press out of its ratings sinkhole. Politico In selecting Todd as moderator, the NBC News brass is gambling on the belief that a Sunday morning public affairs show can still set the national agenda, as it did under the late Tim Russert. The payoff, they hope, is that Todd can once again make Meet The Press a dominant force in American politics and — though they’d never admit it publicly — effectively erase the nightmare that was David Gregory’s final year as moderator.

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Rick Berke Leaves NY Times for Politico [Updated]

Rick Berke, who has been with The New York Times since 1986, is leaving the paper to join Politico as its executive editor. David Joachim, Washington Weekend editor for the Times, tweeted the news.

Berke was most recently the Times’ assistant managing editor for news. He started at the Times as a night editor in the paper’s Washington bureau. Berke also served as the Times’ national political correspondent for over 10 years. As a reporter, he covered four presidential campaigns.

Prior to joining the Times, Berke was a reporter for The Baltimore Evening Sun from 1981 to 1986.

Update (1:00 pm):
Below is the memo John Harris, Politico’s editor, sent to staffers announcing Berke’s appointment.

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Rick Berke Named New York Times Senior Editor and Director of Video

The New York Times has named Rick Berke senior editor and director of video content development. We first learned of Berke’s move late last month after the dust had settled from the buyouts. Berke was most recently an assistant managing editor.

“Rick will draw on his deep knowledge of the newsroom, his ability to nurture talent and his eye for a great story to come up with original and compelling content that reflects the highest standards of our journalism,” said Jill Abramson and Dean Baquet, in a memo to staffers.

The full note from Abramson and Baquet is below.

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New York Times Restructures Masthead

Now that the buyouts are over, the New York Times has announced some changes to its masthead. According to the Times, the changes sought (the paper wanted 30 staffers to accept the offer) were “accomplished primarily through” the buyouts and therefore “layoffs were kept to a minimum.” That means that yes, there were some layoffs at the paper, but we’re just not sure who they were. Yet.

A brief roundup of the masthead changes:

  • As expectedLarry Ingrassia is now an assistant managing editor for new initiatives
  • Jason Stallman, most recently deputy sports editor, has been promoted to sports editor
  • Janet Elder is now an assistant managing editor, “with responsibility for overseeing newsroom resources, including the budget, as well as dealing with compensation and staff development.”
  • Ian Fisher is now an assistant managing editor for content operations
  • Rick Berke will remain an assistant managing editor, but will now shift his focus to video
  • Glenn Kramon, another assistant managing editor, will join the business department to oversee technology coverage
  • A new culture editor will be named soon

Top New York Times Editors Prepare for Shakeup

With the deadline for accepting the buyout package offered by the New York Times looming, the paper’s top editors are bracing for what Daily Intelligencer describes as “a three-year plan to downsize the company as it migrates to a new business model.” That plan involves realignments as well as staff and budget cuts.

According to rumors, Jill Abramson is “begging and pleading” with editors to accept the buyout so that they don’t have to make too many cuts. Those feeling the heat the most include John Geddes, Rick Berke, Gerry Marzorati, Jim Roberts and Susan Edgerly.

One top editor who is 100 percent in the clear is Larry Ingrassia, who Abramson said was going to take on a “larger role” in a memo  sent out in early December. The recent rumors back that up:

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Who Knew? NYT Has A Sense Of Humor

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“The Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones visited The New York Times‘ offices for a segment on last night’s show, skewering the paper’s stuffy reputation and insistence on printing news a day late despite competition from the digital world.

Jones stumped assistant managing editor Rick Berke with his take on “aged news,” challenging Berke to find anything in the paper “that happened today.” Executive editor Bill Keller seemed a little more amenable to the gentle ribbing. He even laughed at Jones’ timely joke about the creaky old rag’s balance sheets. Hint: what’s black and white and red all over?

However, Keller did manage to get in some digs on The Huffington Post, Google and Drudge, pointing out that they’ll never have Baghdad bureaus “because it’s expensive, because it’s dangerous.” Meanwhile, Keller envisions the Times as one of the last ships afloat in a sea of lifeboats “with people dying to clamber on board.” But, as Jones points out, their lifeboat is made of paper, so good luck if that ship ever goes down.