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Sheinelle Jones Named News Anchor of ‘Weekend Today’

ShenielleJonesSheinelle Jones has been named news anchor of the weekend editions of the “Today” show. Jones, who joins NBC News from WTXF-FOX in Philadelphia, begins October 4.

“We are delighted to welcome Sheinelle Jones to NBC News,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness. “She is an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team.”

Until March, Jones was co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” at WTXF. In her sign-off she said, in part, “I am leaving ‘Good Day.’ I am going to be with my kids.” Her co-host on “Good Day” was Mike Jerrick, a former Fox News host.

Jones had been the co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” for the last 9 years. Before that she was an anchor and reporter for KOKI-TV the Fox affiliate in Tulsa. She’s also worked as a morning anchor and reporter for WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois.

Jones replaces Jenna Wolfe who last week was named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for the “Today” show.

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NBC News Boss Says More Change is Ahead

Deborah TurnessBrian Williams calls her “a dynamo” and “a relentless journalist.” Matt Lauer has been “impressed by how she is able to focus on every aspect of the organization.”

The two main anchors of NBC News are talking about their boss, NBC News president Deborah Turness, now one year on the job. Turness tells the New York Times Bill Carter that for as much change as has already occurred, there’s more to come. “Some change isn’t easy. It’s painful, but an organization has to go through it. And a lot of that is still ahead,” Turness says.

“People in the organization from top to bottom recognized that NBC News hadn’t kept up with the times in all sorts of ways, for maybe 15 years,” Turness tells Carter. “I think the organization had gone to sleep.”

Insiders tell us that line is ruffling some feathers of longtime NBC Newsers. But then, maybe that’s her point.

Chuck Todd Aims to ‘Demystify Washington’ on ‘Meet the Press’

ToddAppearing on “Today” this morning, incoming “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd described how he sees his role upon taking the reins on September 7.

“The job of all of us, particularly in political reporting, is to demystify Washington for the American public, but then also try to translate the American public’s frustration for out of touch Washington people,” Todd said. “That’s part of the challenge, that’s part of when things are going well in the political journalism world it’s because we’re playing that role of basically being the translator, being the interpreter between America and Washington.”(watch after the jump)

And the executive who appointed Todd to the coveted moderator chair seems to have big plans of her own. In an interview with the the New York Times, NBC News President Deborah Turness revealed her vision for changes on Sunday morning.

Her new vision for “Meet the Press” includes adding a regular panel of journalists who will question guests, something of a return to the venerable show’s original format. “The show needs more edge,” she said. “It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”

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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.

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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.

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.

NBC News Boss Thanks Staff for ‘Extraordinary Week’

LauerMiddletonNBC News president Deborah Turness emailed her staff on Friday, thanking them for “driving the success we’ve seen for such great results.” Turness pointed to three big interviews by Matt Lauer last week, including Pippa Middleton, Mary Barra and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen as well as David Gregory‘s headline-making interview with Pres. Clinton, which will be played in its entirety this morning on “Meet the Press.”

“What a week! We should all be so proud of what has been achieved. Thanks to each and every person who made it all possible,” Turness writes. Read the note in full, after the jump…

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Katie Couric Tapes Final Edition of ‘Katie’

katie couric_304x200Katie Couric taped the final edition of her syndicated talk show “Katie” today. The final new shows will air in the coming weeks, followed by repeats through the summer.

“Katie” debuted in September, 2012, and wraps as Couric takes on a new role as Yahoo! News Global Anchor. (Programming note: Couric interviews Secy. of State John Kerry live on Yahoo! Monday morning ahead of the launch of his Our Ocean conference.)

We’re also hearing from insiders that Couric dropped by her old stomping grounds last week. Following a Q&A on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Couric stopped by the “Today” show offices, where she was spotted speaking with former colleagues. Couric worked at “Today” for 17 years, before departing for CBS in 2006.

With Savannah Guthrie set to go on maternity leave this summer, “Today’s” co-host seat will be available. Last month, when asked about the possibility of a temporary Lauer/Couric reunion during Guthrie’s absence, NBC News President Deborah Turness suggested a fill-in plan featuring “homegrown talent with perhaps a few surprises mixed in.”

Turness: ‘Homegrown Talent with Perhaps a Few Surprises’ to Fill In For Savannah Guthrie

savannah guthrie_304x200NBC News president Deborah Turness talks to The New York TimesBill Carter about the appointment of Jamie Horowitz, who will take over as SVP and general manager of the “Today” show later this year: “He’s incredibly creative,” she said. “He’s very brand aware, very multiplatform and just a great producer.”

Turness also talked about another topic of recent interest at the “Today” show:

Ms. Turness also addressed questions recently raised about whether “Today” would be inviting its former star, Katie Couric, to fill in as a co-host with Matt Lauer during Savannah Guthrie’s coming maternity leave.

“Savannah has been such a big part of the ‘Today’ show’s momentum over the last few months,” Ms. Turness said. “While she’s with her newborn we’ll keep that momentum going with our own homegrown talent with perhaps a few surprises mixed in.”

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