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NBC News is the news division of NBC, a division of NBCUniversal LLC, a Comcast company. Programs include “Today,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and “Dateline.” “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” is the longest-running television series in American broadcasting history, debuting on November 6, 1947. Deborah Turness is the president of NBC News.

David Gregory: ‘I Leave NBC as I Came – Humbled and Grateful’

David Gregory has confirmed that he is leaving “Meet the Press” and NBC News:

Still no official announcement from NBC, which is expected to announce Chuck Todd as the new moderator of “Meet the Press” this afternoon or tomorrow. (MSNBC has effectively already confirmed the news.) >Update, 4:50 p.m.: It’s Official: Chuck Todd Named Host of “Meet the Press”

Gregory, who joined NBC News in 1995, has hosted “Meet the Press” for six years, since the death of Tim Russert in 2008. During Gregory’s tenure, the show slipped in the ratings, first losing ground to CBS’ “Face the Nation,” and, more recently, frequently placing third behind “FTN” and ABC’s “This Week.”

No word yet on what is next for Gregory, who was recently spotted meeting with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.

MSNBC Announces Chuck Todd is New ‘Meet the Press’ Host, But NBC News Hasn’t

The official announcement hasn’t happened yet, but don’t tell that to the ticker writer at MSNBC. During an interview on “The Reid Report” at 2:20pmET, a ticker read: NBC’s CHUCK TODD NAMED NEW “MEET THE PRESS” HOST. Thing is, no announcement has been made … yet. CNN’s Brian Stelter reported at 1:25pmET that an announcement may come today. 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.”

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Announcement on Chuck Todd’s New ‘MTP’ Role is Reportedly Imminent

Chuck Todd on MTPCNN’s Brian Stelter reports that an official announcement on Chuck Todd‘s new role as moderator of “Meet the Press” could come as early as this afternoon:

The sources confirmed widespread speculation that David Gregory, who moderated the show for the past six years, will be replaced by Todd, and is expected to leave NBC.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the record. One said that the transition will be swift — so swift that Gregory will not even host “Meet the Press” this weekend.

>Update, 4:50 p.m.: It’s Official: Chuck Todd Named Host of “Meet the Press”

News of the switch was first reported in Politico Playbook Monday. In his report, Stelter said the change will be announced “no later than Friday.”

As recently as April, NBC News president Deborah Turness called rumors of Gregory’s ouster “vindictive, personal and above all – untrue.” “NBC News is proud to have David in the important anchor chair of Meet the Press. He is passionate about politics, and is committed to getting answers for our viewers on the issues that matter to them the most,” she wrote in an April 24 memo to staff. Gregory’s most recent deal with NBC News was signed in February 2013.

Todd appeared on the “Meet the Press” roundtable Sunday before leaving for vacation. Luke Russert and Chris Cillizza have filled in on Todd’s 9 a.m. MSNBC hour, “The Daily Rundown,” this week. Todd was scheduled to travel to Martha’s Vineyard next week for the second half of President Obama’s vacation.

An NBC News spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NBC News Selling TheGrio.com

The GrioFirst on TVNewser: NBC News is selling TheGrio.com back to its original owners, TVNewser has learned.

The African American news and politics site will be sold back to David Wilson and Dan Woolsey later this month. The duo, along with NBC, launched the website in 2009.  NBC bought it outright in 2010.

With the change in ownership, the staff of four full-timers based in New York will no longer be NBC News employees. There’s no word on whether staffing levels will change under the new ownership. NBCNews.com plans to launch a new vertical geared toward African Americans at the end of the summer. MSNBC.com will continue its content partnership with The Grio based around breaking news and politics. MSNBC TV’s audience is 35% African American, the highest of the cable news channels.

We’re hearing the change comes as The Grio looks to move in a more viral direction, expanding entertainment content, original video, and targeting a mobile and social media-oriented audience. For NBC News’ part, the creation of a new section with original reporting relevant to African Americans comes as NBCNews.com’s traffic has declined -12% from January through June. As we reported, the website’s traffic dip has come in part from a loss in referral traffic from MSN along with NBCNews.com and MSNBC.com launching two unique sites.

Savannah Guthrie Gives Birth to Baby Girl

“Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and her husband Mike Feldman welcomed daughter Vale into the world today. The stats: 8 lbs. 5 oz., and 19.5 inches long. Savannah says baby Vale “has blue eyes, a little bit of blondish hair and the chubbiest cheeks you’ve ever seen.”

“I think we found heaven in this little hospital room in New York City,” she adds. Guthrie will be calling into the show Friday morning.

 

Politico: David Gregory Cut Vacation Short to Host ‘Meet the Press’

david gregory_304x200POLITICO reports amid increasing rumors of his imminent ousting, David Gregory left his vacation midway through last week to moderate “Meet the Press” Sunday.

David Gregory wasn’t supposed to host “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple. Midway through the week, however, Gregory changed his mind. His fate at “Meet the Press” had been the subject of numerous press reports. Page Six and others had declared him dead in the water come November. Several NBC personalities were already vying to replace him. Gregory was chartered back to Washington for Sunday’s program, having concluded, one NBC source said, that being off was “a dumb move” — that would have only further fueled speculation that the host was on his way out.

And yesterday, Greta Van Susteren echoed her colleague Chris Wallace‘s criticism of NBC News’ treatment of Gregory on GretaWire.

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Chris Wallace: NBC Shouldn’t Leave David Gregory ‘Twisting in the Wind’

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace appeared on “MediaBuzz” to give his thoughts on the influence of Sunday shows today and the rumors swirling about one of his competitors.

“I think it’s lousy,” Wallace said about how NBC News is treating “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory amid rumors of his imminent ousting. “We all understand we don’t have a right to these jobs; it’s a tremendous privilege. On the other hand, I think we do have a right to be treated properly and not shabbily, and if you’re going to get rid of David Gregory–and I don’t know if they are, I have no inside information–then they ought to just do it. But this kind of twisting in the wind…it’s unseemly.”


Politico: Chuck Todd ‘Likely Successor’ to David Gregory on ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd white housePolitico’s Mike Allen reports in Playbook that Chuck Todd is the “likely successor” to David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” The change is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, according to Allen:

The move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert. Although Todd is not a classic television performer guaranteed to wow focus groups, his NBC bosses have been impressed by his love of the game, which brings with it authenticity, sources, and a loyal following among newsmakers and political junkies.

Gregory’s next move is unknown, but he’s unlikely to remain at the network – a stunning turn for a quick-rising star with a broadcasting polish and on-air versatility that once made him a natural candidate to be a future “Today” show host. It’s unclear whether Gregory or Todd knows about the big move, likely to be in place before year’s end.

“Meet the Press” has slipped to third among the Sunday public affairs shows. Todd is currently NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director, as well as the anchor of the 9 a.m. “Daily Rundown” on MSNBC.

The Story Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt Lauer has done it, so has Shepard Smith and Rachel Maddow. NBC’s Dylan Dryer did it late last week, then on Saturday challenged her “Today” colleagues Erika Hill, Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe. They accepted. So where did the ice bucket challenge start? “CBS This Morning” had the back-story this morning. And, naturally, led to a challenge for Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and fill-in host Jane Pauley. Rose and O’Donnell accepted the challenge. Pauley asked, “Can I just write a check?” WATCH:

Inside the New Refresh of NBCNews.com Six Months After Relaunch

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Back in February, NBCNews.com relaunched with a new look, improved back-end technology, and a goal of “tearing down the walls that traditionally have divided TV and digital.”

Just six months later, the network’s digital homepage has another new look. The goal this time is to improve the user experience.

“We found that audience was looking for more scannable headlines, greater density [more stories on the homepage], and a faster load time on the homepage,” Gregory Gittrich, head of NBC News Digital’s news and product unit tells TVNewser.

The changes stem from user surveys on a test site. “We’ll be using preview.nbcnews.com going forward to try new things and share new ideas. It’s not going away. Whenever we test new things, we’ll ask the audience to weigh in, to look at the feedback, to measure the data, and then we’ll decide based on that whether to roll out a new feature or to launch a new product.”

From January through June, unique visitor traffic to NBCNews.com is down -12% (43,024,000 in January vs. 38,256,000 in June) according to Comscore. NBC News cites a gradual loss in referral traffic from Microsoft portal MSN. Microsoft and NBC parted ways two years ago. The audience split even more when MSNBC.com and NBCNews.com launched unique sites. (MSNBC.com had been the online home of both NBC News and MSNBC cable.)

Gittrich expects an even greater traffic decline later this week when July’s traffic numbers are finalized and MSN referrals to NBCNews.com come to an end. But Gittrich says the addition of original video has been a boon to the site. Video views are up +249% since January. The network also notes visitors are staying on the site longer and engaging more with content.

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