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John Reiss Named Acting EP of ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2First on TVNewser: “Meet the Press” isn’t just getting a new moderator, a new Executive Producer is joining as well.

John Reiss, who has been EP of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” for the last 7 years, has been named acting EP of the show just as Chuck Todd takes over as host. Before MSNBC, Reiss spent two years as EP of “NBC Nightly News.” He’s been with NBC News since 1994, joining as a producer for “Dateline.” Before that, Reiss spent 11 years at ABC News as a writer and producer.

Reiss replaces Rob Yarin who joined the Sunday public affairs show last summer. Yarin will stay on with the MTP, overseeing ongoing projects including its digital presence. On Friday, Betsy Fischer Martin, who spent 11 years as MTP EP, and 23 years in all with NBC, left the company.

: Details in a note from NBC News SVP Alex Wallace

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Betsy Fischer Martin Leaving NBC News

betsyfischer_headshot1.grid-4x2Betsy Fischer Martin, the former executive producer of “Meet the Press” is leaving NBC News after more than 20 years with the network.

In a note to colleagues, Fischer Martin writes, “Exactly 23 years ago this week I walked a few blocks down Nebraska Avenue from American University to start an internship at a TV show called ‘Meet the Press.’ I soon met a lawyer and politico turned journalist named Tim Russert who convinced me to forget about my admission to law school and stick around to help cover the 1992 presidential election.”

Fischer Martin would go on to work for the show as an associate producer and producer, and in 2002 was named EP a job she held until last summer when she was named managing editor of NBC News political programming.

“My decision now to leave the Peacock family comes with the same bittersweet feelings of sadness yet excitement for what’s ahead,” says Fischer Martin. “I thank NBC for giving me such incredible opportunities during my career.”

Fischer Martin has not said what her future plans are, except that this fall will include carpools and college football. Fischer Martin’s husband is New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin.

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

‘Meet the Press’ Producer Adam Verdugo Joins ‘CBS This Morning’

adam verdugoAdam Verdugo, a top producer for NBC’s “Meet the Press,” is jumping ship to CBS News, where he will be the senior producer for “CBS This Morning,” Politico’s Dylan Byers reports.

Verdugo has been the senior producer for “Meet the Press” since 2011. Before that, he worked at NBC News as a producer and as an assignment editor. His departure marks the second major leadership change for “Meet the Press” this year: in June, Betsy Fischer Martin left her role as senior executive producer to focus on her role as managing editor of NBC News political programming. As our sister site FishbowlDC notes, Martin called Verdugo “the BEST Sr. an EP could ever ask for” in response to news of his CBS hire this afternoon.

Verdugo’s start date has yet to be announced. Licht’s note to “CBS This Morning” staffers is after the jump. Read more

After 22 Years, Betsy Fischer Says Goodbye to ‘Meet the Press’

This morning, “Meet the Press” paid tribute to Betsy Fischer Martin on her final broadcast after 22 years with the NBC News public affairs program. Fischer Martin got her start in the business as an intern on “Meet the Press.” She leaves as its top producer: senior EP, a job she’s held since 2002. Fischer Martin is staying with NBC News as Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming. Rob Yarin joins as EP of “MTP” next week, with his first show next Sunday.

David Gregory paid tribute to his producer — and one-time American University classmate. “If it’s Sunday, thanks to Betsy, it’s ‘Meet the Press,’” said Gregory in his sign-off

In addition to the taped piece , the closing credits included all of her previous titles at the show and the years she held them.

Rob Yarin Named Executive Producer of ‘Meet the Press’

After Betsy Fischer Martin leaves her post as senior executive producer of “Meet the Press,” Rob Yarin will step in to lead the NBC public affairs show.

Since 1999, Yarin has worked as the senior vice president of programming for Frank N. Magid Associates. In this role, he has worked as a programming and news consultant for several news outlets, including NBC News and MSNBC. He has worked as an advisor to “Meet the Press” and an executive producer of “Race for the White House,” David Gregory‘s daily election show on MSNBC in 2008.

“Rob is a seasoned journalist and industry expert who understands the worlds of television, politics and social media and how they converge to create compelling and informative programming,” NBC News senior vice president Antoine Sanfuentes said in a statement. “Rob’s knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to ‘Meet the Press,’ as the show continues to make news and drive the political conversation each week.”

Yarin will officially take over as executive producer of “Meet the Press” on August 4. More in NBC’s official announcement after the jump. Read more

Betsy Fischer Martin to Exit As Senior EP Of ‘Meet The Press’

The senior EP of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Betsy Fischer Martin, will transition out of that role later this Summer, NBC News says. She will instead be focusing on her role as Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming, duties she added when she was promoted in March. No word on who will be taking over day-to-day oversight of NBC’s Sunday public affairs show when she departs.

“As you all know, [Betsy] has had an extraordinary run on the show and is among the longest-running executives dedicated to a single program in the history of NBC News,” NBC News senior VP Antoine Sanfuentes wrote in a memo to staff this morning. “I am grateful for her contributions to that legendary program. I know she will bring the same tenacity, savvy and passion to this next phase of her remarkable career and all the platforms and programs of NBC News will benefit greatly from her expertise.”

Fischer Martin began her career at NBC News as an intern almost 22 years ago, rising to EP the network’s signature Sunday public affairs show in 2002.

“I have been so honored to have had almost 22 years in a front row seat to history every week on ‘Meet the Press,’ And while I am moving on from that incredibly humbling seat, I am thrilled for the new opportunity to shape NBC’s political coverage and work with ALL our talented producers and correspondents across the network,” Fischer Martin says in a statement. “Working with David Gregory and our immensely talented staff and crew has been a privilege and I look forward to watching ‘Meet the Press’ continue to lead the way on shaping the conversation on politics and policy.”

Sanfuentes’ note, and comments from ‘Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory and NBC News Group chief Pat Fili-Krushel, after the jump.
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Remembering Tim Russert, 5 Years After His Death

“Meet the Press” executive producer Betsy Fischer Martin remembers Tim Russert, five years after his death.

Russert, who was NBC’s Washington Bureau chief and who had moderated “Meet the Press” for 17 years — longer than anyone else — died of a massive heart attack on June 13, 2008 as he was preparing for that Sunday’s show in the Washington Bureau. In an excerpt that is part of an upcoming “Meet the Press” ebook, Fischer Martin writes:

The large sign in front of his desk read “Thou Shalt Not Whine” and he meant it. As the Washington Bureau Chief, he expected hard work from those around him because he worked hard as well. By 9am in the morning, he’d already have read five or six newspapers and made several rounds of phone calls Capitol Hill and the White House. But he always wanted to know more. Often times his first words to me each morning were, “What do you know?”

Tim, of course, was a human being with faults like the rest of us. But he had a strong sense of right and wrong, and what was fair and unfair. He was deeply loyal to those close to him. Even if I would make a mistake or something would go wrong, we’d talk about it and he’d end the conversation by saying, “onward and upward.” It was his way of saying, ‘learn from this, don’t dwell on it and know I am on your side.’

David Gregory: In Search of The Next ‘Beltway Booyah Moment’

NBC “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory is profiled by the AP.

Frazier Moore uses last year’s unplanned comment from Vice President Joe Biden on same-sex marriage to describe what he argues is the heart of the show, the “Beltway Booyah moment” that keeps people talking, and the program relevant.

That kind of Beltway Booyah moment helps account for why Gregory loves hosting “Meet the Press,” NBC’s venerable Sunday morning public-affairs program he took over four years ago (and where he recently accepted what the network calls its “long-term commitment” for his services).

“This is an agenda-setting program,” says Gregory. “What happens on ‘Meet the Press’ can definitely make news and frame the debate.”

Gregory and his executive producer Betsy Fischer Martin both signed new deals with NBC in the last few weeks, keeping them on the program long-term. While “Meet the Press” has fallen behind “Face the Nation” on CBS, it remains the number one Sunday public affairs show for the full-hour.

Gregory also talks about following the footsteps of Tim Russert:
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NBC News Ups Betsy Fischer Martin

NBC News has promoted Betsy Fischer Martin to senior executive producer of “Meet the Press,” and managing editor of NBC News political programming, TVNewser has learned.

In a memo to NBC staff, NBC News senior VP Antoine Sanfuentes praised Fischer’s leadership on the long-running Sunday show, and outlined her additional responsibilities:

Betsy’s experience and editorial judgment will help guide NBC News as it continues to be the leader in political reporting. She will also work with Chuck Todd and the NBC News political team, taking on additional responsibilities guiding the news division’s political news and information programming.

Sanfuentes’ full memo to staff is after the jump. Fischer Martin’s promotion comes just a few weeks after NBC News extended “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory‘s contract with the network.

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