They’re just wrapping up today’s “Meet the Press”, but tomorrow night David Gregory and the show’s EP Betsy Fischer will take part in the Newseum’s “Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney” discussion. “Reel Journalism” is a forum which discusses the role of the press in society on film. There will be a screening of 2009′s “State of Play.” Details here.
> Correction: Oops, because of the French Open Men’s final (Rafael Nadal won) there was no “Meet the Press” today.
> Correction #2: OK, maybe I should have held off on this post altogether. The event is next Monday, June 14.
“We booked him on Wednesday. Everything was set and then his press person emailed this afternoon that he was very sorry but he wants to cancel the interview. We tried appealing to the press person to not much avail,” Fischer said.
This morning we headed to NBC’s Nebraska Ave. headquarters here in Washington as NBC’s David Gregory, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer, NBC DC Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, NBC News president Steve Capus and NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker greeted guests for brunch after the first broadcast in HD and from a new, large, modern studio for the #1 Sunday show.
Today’s roundtable guests, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) stuck around for the festivities. (Gregory talked about the change at the end of the show. Here’s a clip.)
Gregory, who has been moderator of the show for 17 months, got choked up talking about what the new studio means for him personally and the legacy of longtime moderator Tim Russert who died almost two years ago. “This has not been an easy transition,” said Gregory, “but I’ve always felt like I’m never alone in that.”
Says Capus, “We talked about that the very first week after we lost Tim, about how we were going to go on and in what ways we were going to go on.”
Capus calls the new studio “a partnership with MSNBC and network news and WRC.
“This is the new era of NBC News,” Capus added.
The new studio was the brainchild of NBC News creative director Marc Greenstein. Here’s a video tour from earlier in the week. MTP’s move to HD means CBS’s “Face the Nation” is the last of the four broadcast public affairs programs in standard definition.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” is going HD and getting a new studio in the process. “This new set offers a fresh look and added versatility that will enhance our interviews and better engage our viewers,” said executive producer Betsy Fischer in a press release. The new set will make its debut Sunday, May 2.
ABC’s Jake Tapper has invited Politifact’s Bill Adair to fact check the interviews on Sunday’s “This Week” for a post on ABCNews.com later in the day. It’s the latest experiment for Tapper who announced when he became the interim host of the program that he was seeking suggestions from viewers to “try to make it rock and roll.”
As Tapper points out, the idea originally comes from NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen who, in December, wrote an article called “My Simple Fix for the Messed Up Sunday Shows.” In it he describes how he, interestingly, made this pitch to the EP of a different show:
I think the situation calls for cynicism. But I have to admit that is not much of a call. So instead I propose this modest little fix, first floated on Twitter in a post I sent out to Betsy Fischer, Executive Producer of Meet the Press, who never replies to anything I say. “Sadly, you’re a one-way medium,” I said to Fischer, “but here’s an idea for ya: Fact check what your guests say on Sunday and run it online Wednesday.”
It’s time for some College Basketball March Madness and while you’ve been asking your colleagues (or are being asked by your colleagues) to join a bracket pool, we’ve been asking your bosses (or your favorite show’s bosses) to join ours. In this, the second annual TVNewser Bracket Challenge, we’ve asked executive producers from all networks to submit their picks. We’ll be keeping tabs on the results as the rounds go by and will eventually crown a 2010 TVNewser Champion, or, as we are unofficially calling it, a 2010 “boss of all bosses.”
The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Groveinterviews NBC “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory about what he’s learned so far, his perfect attendance, and his feelings about the competition. An excerpt:
Meet the Press has been No. 1 on the Sunday show ratings, but there were Sundays where This Week With George Stephanopoulos beat you. What was your reaction to that?
I wasn’t happy about it. Look, there have been a couple of occasions where we lost the weekly race. We’ve taken the long view here, and we’re still on top after my first year. I think that it was not a given in a lot of peoples’ minds, but that’s what I was committed to, what [executive producer] Betsy Fischer was committed to, and we’ve done it. I think ABC and Stephanopoulos have obviously been tough competitors. George is first-rate. He’s been doing this a long time on Sunday morning, and he’s a formidable guy, as is Bob Schieffer [host of CBS' Face the Nation], so those times when we got beaten on a Sunday, I hated it.
After the jump, Gregory explains how the famous MC Karl Rove dance was “actually a set-up.”
NBC’s Betsy Fischer was among 100 women honored this afternoon at a lunch for Washingtonian‘s 100 Most Powerful Women edition. The “Meet the Press” EP along with PBS’ Gwen Ifill were on the list which included women from the worlds of politics, the arts, business & lobbying, non-profits, sports and the media.
• Related: FishbowlDC shows us where Fischer and some of her FNC, CNN and Politico colleagues were hanging out last night…
TVNewser hears that Ilana Drimmer is leaving her full-time booking job at ABC’s “This Week” and heading to a part-time position for NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Drimmer had been with the ABC show for eight years and was looking for a role that would allow her to spend more time with her family.
Drimmer begins with “Meet” next week.
> Update: The email from Meet the Press EP Betsy Fischer after the jump, which also includes the news of the promotion of Chris Donovan to producer.