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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.

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Sen. Arlen Specter’s Party Switch. Bloomberg First With the News

Bloom_4.28.jpgBreaking: Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is switching from the GOP to the Democratic party and will run as a democrat next year.

BloombergTV was first to report the news at 11:57amET. CNN’s Dana Bash was first with the “seismic” news on CNN at 12:02pm, telling viewers, “this has been rumored all morning but he did just confirm it.”

MSNBC and FNC were broadcasting comments from Pres. Obama at the time, as Obama responded to the Air Force One flyover in New York City yesterday. MSNBC reported the news at 12:05 sourcing WaPo’s Chris Cillizza. Cillizza reported it on The Fix at 11:51am. FNC confirmed the news a few seconds after the MSNBC report.

CNN_4.28.jpgCNN’s Ed Henry reports that Pres. Obama was made aware of Specter’s decision at 10:25amET.

And with all the rushed reporting, it’s not clear if any one reporter got the scoop. Specter announced his decision via a statement:

I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary. I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.

Last year, MSNBC host Chris Matthews explored the possibility of running in the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race. Matthews is from Pennsylvania.

Behind-The-Scenes at “Largest Live Operation” on the Web

dnc_8-24.gifTammy Haddad left her post as Washington VP at MSNBC over a year ago, and is back covering the conventions in 2008 in a very unconventional way.

As one of the executive producers of the Convention live webcasts for washingtonpost.com/Newsweek last week in Denver and next week in St. Paul, Haddad is looking to make the web the newest way to bring TV news to an audience hungry for political coverage.

washpo_8-29.jpgWe stopped by Thursday’s web cast as it went live at 6:00pmET. “We are on the internet,” assistant managing editor for news video for washingtonpost.com Chet Rhodes tells TVNewser. “We’re not trying to be NBC News.”

Rhodes, who also serves as an executive producer on the show, says the staff consists of people within the company. “We take people inside the company and train up on video,” he says. “This is the largest live operation of any newspaper.”

“We have what everyone else wants,” says Haddad.

What features distinguish it from the cablers and networks?

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