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Deborah Turness on ‘MTP’ Change: ‘The Time Had Come For This to Happen’

david gregory_304x200In the wake of the host change at “Meet the Press,” which became official yesterday as David Gregory bid goodbye to NBC and Chuck Todd was officially announced as the show’s new moderator, NBC News president Deborah Turness talks to The New York Times‘ Bill Carter:

[Gregory] will leave the network after a two-decade career, the president of NBC News, Deborah Turness, said in an interview on Thursday. “The time had come for this to happen,” Ms. Turness said. She said she had decided on the change after trying to reshape the show under Mr. Gregory. “The numbers just didn’t move,” Ms. Turness said, referring to ratings for the program.

Carter reports that the production side of “Meet the Press” will not see changes “for the moment at least,” with Rob Yarin staying on as executive producer. Yarin has been the EP of “Meet the Press” since Betsy Fischer Martin left the show in 2013.

As Gregory leaves NBC, his colleague Ann Curry — who was ousted from the “Today” show in 2012 — took to Twitter to send him some support: Read more

It’s Official: Chuck Todd Named Host of ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2As expected, NBC News has announced that Chuck Todd will be the next moderator of “Meet the Press.” His first show will be September 7.

“Chuck will ensure that Meet the Press is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set. We have some exciting plans to evolve and update the broadcast under Chuck’s leadership that we will be sharing with you shortly,” NBC News president Deborah Turness wrote in a note to staff this afternoon.

Todd joined NBC as political director in 2007 and was named chief White House correspondent in 2008. Todd will continue as political director but “hand over his roles” as WH correspondent and as MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” anchor, according to Turness.

Turness praised David Gregory, who confirmed he is leaving “Meet the Press” and NBC News earlier today, as “an outstanding journalist whose sharp intellect and quick sense of humor have made him a pleasure to work with.”

Andrea Mitchell is slated to host this weekend and “will continue to be a central figure of the broadcast, along with some new names that we will announce in the coming days,” Turness says.

The full note is after the jump. Read more

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.

Sunday Show Ratings: August 10

A split decision for the Sunday public affairs shows on August 10: CBS’ “Face the Nation” wins in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” wins in the A25-54 demographic. NBC’s “Meet the Press,” which will likely announce a new host by week’s end, was third in both ratings measurements.

With the exception of Univision’s “Al Punto,” all the Sunday shows are up compared to the same week last year. “Fox News Sunday” is up the most (+28%) in total viewers, and “Meet the Press” (+33%) is up the most in the demo. “Al Punto” was down -6% in total viewers and up +2% in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,033,000 total viewers and 416,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 10:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.899M 772K
ABC
“This Week” 2.633M 829K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.429M 747K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.210M 369K
UNI “Al Punto” 682K 310K

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.

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.

Sunday Show Ratings: August 3

ABC’s “This Week” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic August 3, besting CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +101,000 and +30,000 viewers, respectively. NBC’s “Meet the Press” was third, with “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” rounding out the top five.

Compared to the same week last year, ABC was flat in total viewers, but up +16% in the demo. CBS was down -12% and -8%, respectively, as was NBC, down -11% and -8%, respectively. Fox was down -6% in viewers and flat in the demo, while Univision was down -20% and -10%, respectively.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,067,000 total viewers and 443,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 3:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.587M 746K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.486M 716K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.113M 584K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.082M 395K
UNI “Al Punto” 641K 294K

Sunday Show Ratings: July 27 & July Sweeps

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both ratings measurements on July 27. ABC’s “This Week” was second in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” was second in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, Univison’s “Al Punto” was up the most, growing +58% in total viewers and +20% in the A25-54 demographic. CBS (+5% in total viewers / +15% in the demo) and  NBC ( +3% / +19%) were both up across the board. “Fox News Sunday” was up +16% in total viewers and flat in the demo, and ABC’s “This Week” was down-5% and up +11%, respectively.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,187,000 total viewers and 460,000 A25-54 viewers. Cable replays of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 777,000 total viewers and 371,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for July 27:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.905M 785K
ABC
“This Week” 2.589M 731K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.352M 744K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.110M 316K
UNI “Al Punto” 908K 398K

As for July sweeps: CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” won in the A25-54 demographic. Read more

Sunday Show Ratings: July 20

ABC’s “This Week” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic July 20, besting CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +13,000 and +111,000 viewers, respectively. NBC’s “Meet the Press” was third, with “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” trading off for fourth and fifth.

Compared to the same week last year, ABC (+28% in total viewers / +41% in the demo), CBS (+12% / +28%) and Univision (+28% / +17%) were up across the board. NBC was flat in total viewers and down -6% in the demo, while Fox was down -5% and -29%, respectively.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,424,000 total viewers and 538,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for July 20:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.853M 896K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.840M 785K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.425M 723K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.011M 288K
UNI “Al Punto” 778K 366K

Sunday Show Ratings: July 13

A split decision for the Sunday public affairs shows July 13: CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” won in the A25-54 demographic. NBC’s “Meet the Press” was third in both ratings measurements.

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week” was the only show to grow in both ratings measurements, up +16% in total viewers and +17% in the demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” (+21% in total viewers / flat in the demo), “Face the Nation” (flat / -20%) and “Fox News Sunday” (+3% / -19%) were mixed, while “Meet the Press” was down -10% and -15%, respectively.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,190,000 total viewers and 506,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 670,000 and 246,000 viewers, respectively.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for July 13:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.074M 801K
ABC
“This Week” 2.761M 842K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.266M 645K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.150M 320K
UNI “Al Punto” 768K 301K

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