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Chuck Todd’s First ‘Meet the Press:’ ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’

MTPToddChuck Todd opened his first “Meet the Press,” surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia Malika Henderson of the “Washington Post,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report.

Said Todd: “Obviously it’s a pretty big honor for me to be sitting in this chair as the 12th moderator of this program following in the footsteps of the likes of Martha Rountree, Lawrence Spivak, Tim Russert and, of course, David Gregory.”

“As you can see, we’re making a few changes around here. As I like to say, we’re living in a house as we remodel it, so the program in this studio will continue to evolve over the coming months.”

Todd began the show with his one-on-one with Pres. Obama on the issue of ISIS. He then got reaction from his guests. The second segment included Todd’s Obama interview as it pertained to domestic issues, and again, analysis from the press, including Walter and Stanton, who, like Todd, sports facial hair: “because we didn’t have enough goatees,” Todd joked.

The next block included a new segment called “Who needs Washington?” Kevin Tibbles reported on how Oklahoma City is just one city moving forward without much help from Washington, DC, followed by in-studio interviews with the mayors of Oklahoma City, Tacoma and Pittsburgh — a republican, an independent and a democrat, respectively.

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The Weekend Ticker: Vega, Hyatt, Todd

  • Cecilia Vega fills in on “World News Tonight” tomorrow , as the network brings in substitute hosts following David Muir‘s move to weekdays. College football pre-empts tonight’s show.
  • Former NBC cameraman Geroge Hyatt who filed an age discrimination suit against the network, has settled the case for an undisclosed amount. Hyatt worked in NBC’s Washington DC bureau.
  • In addition to hosting his first “Meet the Press” as moderator, Chuck Todd will be a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” tomorrow talking about the future of political journalism.

President Obama: We’re Going to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Defeat ISIS’

Broadcast networks provided special coverage this morning as President Obama held a press conference from the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

The president first made a statement about the 28 NATO countries sending more resources to Ukraine including security assistance, body armor, and medical care. He also announced the U.S. and Europe are finalizing increased sanctions against Russia’s financial and energy sectors. Obama also spoke about NATO countries uniting against ISIS in Iraq.

“There was unanimity over the last two days that ISIS poses a significant threat to NATO members and there was a recognition that we have to take action,” the president said. “We’re going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS the same way we have gone after Al-Qaeda.”

ABC News cut in at 11:44amET with  George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from from the NATO Summit in Wales. NBC News cut in at 11:44amET with Brian Williams anchoring in New York and Chuck Todd reporting from Washington, DC . CBS cut in with Scott Pelley anchoring in New York and “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer reporting from Washington, DC.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace. The second to Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Kane; the next to  the New York TimesJulie Davis; the next to the Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson. The president spoke for 24 minutes.

Joe Scarborough Named NBC News Senior Political Analyst, ‘Meet the Press’ Contributor

scarboroughAs NBC News gears up for election season and “Meet the Press” starts its Chuck Todd era, viewers will be seeing more of Joe Scarborough.

The “Morning Joe” co-host has been named Senior Political Analyst for NBC News and a regular roundtable contributor for “MTP,” the network announced today. Scarborough will also join the network’s election coverage team and contribute to “Today.” He will continue co-hosting “Morning Joe.”

“Joe has one of the best political minds in the NBC family,” said new “MTP” moderator Chuck Todd. “His love of politics and passion for debate will guarantee the kind of robust conversation that has always been a hallmark of Meet the Press, and I look forward to the reported analysis he’ll bring to the table.”

What’s More Humbling: Hosting Your First ‘Meet the Press,’ or Watching the Packers Lose?

ToddObamaChuck Todd‘s first guest on his first “Meet the Press” is Pres. Obama. The two will sit down at the White House tomorrow just as the president returns from Europe. This morning on “The Daily Rundown,” fill-in host Peter Alexander (Todd gave up the show last week) asked him, “What part blew your mind most?” The fact that Bob Costas promoted the Obama interview during halftime of the NFL Kickoff Packers-Seahawks game last night, or that Todd’s team, the Packers, were losing at halftime — and would go on to lose the game.

“The fact that the Packers couldn’t score 21 points, I’m going to say that,” Todd joked. “Look. It’s all surreal. It’s nerve-racking, it’s humbling, it’s all the things. When you get an opportunity to do one of the dream jobs in journalism, of course you’re excited.”

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.

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: Details in a note from NBC News SVP Alex Wallace

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Who Is Chuck Todd Anyway?

This morning, “Meet the Press” introduced viewers to Chuck Todd, with reflections from his mother, his wife, Tom Brokaw from Montana and Brian Williams at the Jersey Shore. Todd and substitute host Andrea Mitchell discussed the legacy of the show and the coverage of politics today. Todd then got the signature last word, “If it’s Sunday. It’s Meet the Press.” Todd takes over as host next Sunday.

Chuck Todd Signs off ‘The Daily Rundown,’ But Not on ‘The Daily Rundown’

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Chuck Todd‘s farewell to MSNBC wasn’t seen on MSNBC. The end of “The Daily Rundown” was pre-empted this morning by remarks from British Prime Minister David Cameron. But Todd recorded it anyway (after the jump). In it he talked about how TDR came to be: “It was a show that MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Savannah Guthrie and I conceived over lunch in Washington one day.” Todd thanked Griffin for not “micromanaging us. He let us be the driving force. Not a lot of executives do that.”

Earlier in the show — and this did make it on TV — Todd was surprised first by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and then by his former co-host Savannah Guthrie, who Skyped in from maternity leave. Todd begins his role as moderator of “Meet the Press” September 7. Andrea Mitchell hosts this Sunday. WATCH: Read more

Pres. Obama Calls on ‘Big Cheese’ Chuck Todd First, In Todd’s Last Briefing for NBC News

The broadcast networks broke in Thursday afternoon to carry remarks from President Obama. Lester Holt anchored for NBC, Amy Robach for ABC and Maurice DuBois anchored on CBS as Pres. Obama delivered a statement on the U.S. economy, the continued ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and the crisis in Ukraine. The president then opened it up to questions:

ToddBriefing“I’m going to start with somebody who, I guess, is now a big cheese. He’s moved on. But I understand this is go to be his last chance to ask me a question in the press room. I want to congratulate Chuck Todd and give him first dibs.” (Watch after the jump) Todd, who is moving on to “Meet the Press,” asked about Syria/ISIS.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson got the second question, asking the president whether today’s military action by Russia is considered to be an invasion of Ukraine. After three more questions, the president started to leave the briefing room, but returned to take a question on whether he’d make any executive actions on immigration reform. Obama: “It continues to be my belief that if I can’t see congressional action, that I need to do at least what I can in order to make the system work better.”

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The Afternoon Ticker: Stern, 60 Sports, Todd

  • Fusion has hired Jonathan Stern as VP of Business Development. “Fusion needs to be everywhere our audience is and Jonathan will play a key strategic role in helping us achieve that,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. Stern joins from Red Bull Media.

  • Showtime is moving “60 Minutes Sports” from Wednesday to Tuesday starting next week.  The new season kicks off with Jack Ford’s story featuring Peyton Manning and Duke Football Head Coach David Cutcliffe, who Manning credits with saving his career.

  • Chuck Todd got some advice from the man who’s guested the most on “Meet the Press. On Todd’s MSNBC show this morning, Sen. John McCain told him, “[D]o what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country.”

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