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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.”

Jamie Horowitz Named SVP/General Manager of ‘Today’ Show

JamieHorowitzESPN executive Jamie Horowitz is joining NBC News as SVP and GM of the “Today” show. But his ESPN contract won’t allow him to take the job until later this year.

Horowitz, who will report to NBC News president Deborah Turness, will lead the four hours of “Today” on all platforms. Executive producer Don Nash, “Weekend Today” EP Dee Dee Thomas, and Jen Brown the GM of Today.com, will report to Horowitz.

At ESPN, Horowitz is Vice President of Original Programming and Production. He has overseen the launch of Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN2 show as well as “First Take,” “Numbers Never Lie,” and “SportsNation.” Before joining ESPN in 2006, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports. He began his career as an NBC Olympics Researcher for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

“I am honored to join Deborah’s team and help guide ‘Today’ into the future,” said Horowitz in a news release. “This is an exciting and invigorating opportunity, and I am humbled to work with one of the most indelible brands in television. I am also grateful to John Skipper and ESPN for the opportunities and support they have given me over the past eight years.”

Horowitz is another in a line of “Today” show leaders who got their start with NBC Olympics. Former EP Jim Bell, now the EP of NBC Olympics, got his start as a producer for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Games. Now CNN Worldwide president, one-time “Today” show EP Jeff Zucker‘s first job at NBC was as a researcher at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Deadspin first reported back in January that NBC was talking with Horowitz about the job.

See Turness’ internal note to staff, after the jump…

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Chris Jansing Named Senior White House Correspondent for NBC News

Jansing 304Changes are coming to NBC’s Washington Bureau.

NBC News President Deborah Turness has named Chris Jansing as the new Senior White House Correspondent and Peter Alexander as National Correspondent.

Jansing has been with NBC since joining as an MSNBC anchor in 1998. For the last several years she has split her time between anchoring a morning show on MSNBC, and reporting for “NBC Nightly News,” covering domestic news, foreign Olympics, and, most recently, the elevation to Sainthood of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

From the White House, Jansing will report primarily for “Nightly News,” providing day-to-day coverage of the Obama administration and White House politics. Alexander will continue to report on the White House as well as national affairs beyond Washington DC. Kristen Welker also continues as White House correspondent.

“Chris will bring her editorial tenacity and passion for the story to this new role,” said Turness. “Her wealth of experience and her ability to connect the political story to the American people make her a valued addition to our White House team.”

“Chris Jansing has played an invaluable role at MSNBC for the better part of the past 15 years,” writes MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a note to staff. “She’s one of the hardest working journalists in the business and has always been there for us – no matter what time of day or night, or how big the story. Our heartfelt congratulations to Chris on this exciting new role. We look forward to seeing her reporting from Washington on MSNBC. We’ll have more to say about Chris’ replacement at 10 am in the coming weeks.”

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TVNewsers on Gotham, Variety Power Lists

Gotham and Variety were both out this week with power lists featuring female television personalities and executives.

In Variety‘s “Power of Women” issue, the “New York Impact” list featured Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo, NBC Universal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Al Jazeera America president Kate O’Brian, ABC’s Robin Roberts and CAA television agent Olivia Metzger.

Bartiromo and Roberts are also on Gotham’s “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” list, along with NBC’s Deborah Turness and Savannah Guthrie, CBS’ Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell and ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

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