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#PRFail: NBC Strikes Out on Meet the Press Announcement

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“Where is the love, the love, the love?”

It was the worst-kept secret in network TV, but after months of speculation NBC finally announced yesterday that Chuck Todd would indeed take over for David Gregory as the host of the Sunday morning coffee gathering known as Meet the Press.

In case you missed it, NBC has a history of mismanaging personnel announcements. Does the name Ann Curry ring a bell?

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‘Meet the Press’ Admits Ratings Fail, Invites Will.I.Am as Guest

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Because this is what you need to stay awake just to watch it, perhaps?

Ever since the fateful day when the great Tim Russert left this mortal coil, NBC has been praying to the stellar reporter roundtable in heaven for some supernatural ratings help. David Gregory just hasn’t been getting the job done. In fact, ratings for the Sunday broadcast is at historic lows.

Many people at NBC have been trying to figure out how to get the ratings back up, which have included conversations about replacing Gregory as host. The show is even losing top people, like its EP for 12 years who recently got the same gig with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s ‘This Week.’

So, for a quick ratings grab, the show deviated from its [insert another talking head senator here] format to that whimsical political hack named … Will.i.am. Wait, what?!

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Note to PR Pros: Don’t Cancel on ‘Meet the Press’

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The Sunday morning news show’s Executive Producer Betsy Fischer said Senate nominee Rand Paul (R-KY) is only the third cancellation from a major guest in 62 years.

Paul was scheduled to appear on the show the show yesterday, but cancelled, after Republican operatives told him that he was generating too much controversy.

Host David Gregory ended the segment about Paul with the following statement: “There are questions about his principles left unanswered…whether this fresh new face in politics is a now a weaker candidate than he was Tuesday night.”

Paul’s spokesperson is Jesse Benton, who also was communications director for his father Ron Paul‘s presidential campaign.

Fox News, White House Back and Forth Continues to Make Headlines

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The Sunday talk shows yesterday continued to focus on the back and forth between the White House and Fox News. CNN’s Reliable Sources, ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” all devoted segments to the issue, again highlighting recent comments from White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, specifically her statement, “The reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party” and discounting Fox News as a “legitimate” news organization.

We’ve posted the “Meet the Press” clip above. Host David Gregory cut straight to the chase at the beginning of the segment. “Why is the White House doing this, and is it working for them?” he asked. Panelist Tavis Smiley of PBS called it “a distraction.” TVNewser has the CNN and ABC segments.