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David Gregory’s ‘Meet the Press’ Seat Continues Getting Hotter

david gregory_304x200Another new report suggests David Gregory‘s run as “Meet the Press” moderator is drawing to a close.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove expands on a New York Post report, writing that Gregory is “toast,” with either Chuck Todd or the Joe Scarborough-Mika Brzezinski tandem in line to replace him.

In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the [Page Six] item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast. According to my sources, Scarborough, 51, a Washington-savvy former Republican congressman from Florida, and Brzezinski, 47, the supremely well-connected daughter of former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, have been aggressively angling for the job in the event of Gregory’s all-but-certain demise. The 42-year-old Todd, who has occasionally clashed with Scarborough on the air, leading some to believe that there’s little love lost between them, has slimmed down in recent weeks to fighting trim. Todd, who wears a goatee, is also deeply knowledgeable about politics and Washington folkways.

This afternoon, Scarborough addressed the rumors on Twitter.

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Lauren Skowronski Leaving MSNBC

Lauren Skowronski headshotMSNBC’s VP of Media Relations Lauren Skowronski is leaving the network to become VP of Corporate Communications at NBC Universal.

In a press release issued by NBCUniversal today, the network announced Skowronski’s promotion. She’ll report to SVP for corporate communications, Cameron Blanchard, and oversee media and communications for NBCUniversal’s Strategy and Business Insights. She starts August 11.

Skowronski served as MSNBC’s VP of media relations since 2012, when she was promoted after serving as director of media relations for MSNBC. Over the last year, she’s had rapid-response duties dealing with multiple controversies surrounding now-former MSNBC hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin.

No word yet on Skowronski’s replacement at MSNBC.

Politico’s Dylan Byers first reported the move earlier this week.

Jill Abramson : ‘What is Next for Me? I Don’t Know’

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The cable news networks covered this morning’s graduation at Wake Forest University. It’s newsworthy because of the commencement speaker: dismissed New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry — a Wake Forest alum and new professor at the University — is doing live shots from campus as is NBC News correspondent Rehema Ellis. CNN and Fox News too also dipped into Abramson’s address during which she told the graduates, she feels like one of them: “What is next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited,” Abramson said.

Both media criticism shows — which are both anchored by former print reporters — led off their shows Sunday with Abramson’s firing.

Brian Stelter, who worked for Abramson at the Times, acknowledged that at times, she could be “gruff” and “rude.” When Stelter told Abramson he was thinking about departing for CNN, her attitude “made it easier to leave,” Stelter said.

Over on Fox News “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz, who previously covered media for The Washington Post, talked about the PR nightmare the firing touched off. “They bungled it,” Lauren Ashburn said.

Both clips after the jump…

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‘CBS Evening News’ EP Pat Shevlin Stepping Down

ShevlinCBSPolitico’s Dylan Byers reports Pat Shevlin is stepping down from “CBS Evening News” just shy of three years as Executive Producer of the show. Byers reports Shevlin sent a memo to her colleagues announcing the move. Shevlin, who has been with CBS News since 1973, is expected to stay with the network.

Shevlin has been EP since June 2011, when Scott Pelley took over as anchor. The show, which remains in third place among the evening newscasts, has seen ratings growth under her tenure, and has won three Emmys.

Asia bureau chief Marsha Cooke recently returned to New York and is likely to take over as EP. Sonya McNair, senior vice president for communications for CBS News, declined to comment on the changes.

(Photo Credit: Richard Howard Photography)

Ronan Farrow’s MSNBC Show Gets Tentative Name and EP

ronan farrow_304x200Politico’s Dylan Byers reports Ronan Farrow‘s upcoming MSNBC show is tentatively dubbed “The Ronan Show,” and has hired longtime news producer Kathy O’Hearn as its EP.

O’Hearn most recently worked as SVP of Tina Brown‘s events series, before then serving as EP at CNN’s “Amanpour,” ABC News’ “This Week,” and CNBC’s “Topic A” with Tina Brown. She also worked on the digital side as SVP at The Daily Beast.

Jobs for Farrow’s show have begun being posted right here on Mediabistro’s job board for segment, video, and field producers.

Featured in a long The New York Times Magazine profile earlier this month, Farrow said his show will emphasize telling “real stories.”

The show’s start date and time slot is still not known. Farrow served as a guest this morning on “Jansing & Co.” to preview President Obama’s NSA speech.

The Ticker: Byers, Wemple, CNN International

  • The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple recently followed a whole day of MSNBC daytime. He reports hours of repetition featuring “politics, more politics and more, more politics.”

  • CNN International is launching “One Square Meter” on its Middle East channels. The new program will look at real estate trends in emerging markets.

How Howard Kurtz Came to be Interrogated on His Own CNN Show

Howard Kurtzmea culpa on his own “Reliable Sources” yesterday made for an extraordinary 15 minutes of live television. (Full disclosure: I am an occasional guest on the show.)

Kurtz’ apology for his most recent journalistic transgression – his “inexcusable” erroneous report last week about openly-gay NBA player Jason Collins — extended from his personal statement of contrition to a bracing interrogation by two excellent media reporters.

NPR’s David Folkenflik and Politico’s Dylan Byers grilled Kurtz about Collins as well as other mistakes from the past that Kurtz admitted he had sometimes waited too long to correct. It was riveting, powerful, and frequently uncomfortable to watch.

The backstory: In a Sports Illustrated piece that broke April 29, Collins became the first active male pro athlete from a major U.S. sport to come out. Kurtz wrote in his Daily Beast blog that Collins had not disclosed he had been engaged to a woman, and chastised him for it. He repeated the assertions in a video on The Daily Download, where he is a paid contributor.

In fact, Collins had written of the engagement. Kurtz had missed it, he said yesterday, because he had read the piece “too fast” and “carelessly.” On May 2, Kurtz left the Daily Beast. He said it was by mutual agreement; HuffingtonPost, among others, said he was fired.

The live interrogation on CNN was not Kurtz’ idea. He made that clear in his opening statement when he said the network had invited the questioners.

Folkenflik confirmed this in an interview with TVNewser. (Byers declined an interview because he said he was writing his own blog about the show). Folkenflik was pitched by a CNN executive “who doesn’t directly oversee the show,” he said, not naming names. “He’s a respected figure within CNN.”

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Politico: Byron Pitts to Leave CBS for ABC

Politico’s Dylan Byers scoops that longtime CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts is moving to ABC News.

Pitts will serve as both chief national correspondent and anchor at ABC News, and will appear across the network’s programming. ABC News president Ben Sherwood is expected to announce the news next week.

Pitts is currently a correspondent for the “CBS Evening News” and has a set number of stories per year on “60 Minutes.” In his 2009 autobiography, “Step out on Nothing,” Pitts writes about growing up as a functionally illiterate child and ascending to the ranks of network correspondent. Pitts worked in the local news circuit and for CBS Newspath before joining CBS News in 1998. Wife Lyne Pitts is former executive at CBS News and NBC News.

Roger Ailes Praises Rachel Maddow Book: ‘Drift is a book worth reading’

Rachel Maddow and Roger Ailes at a White House Christmas party in 2009

Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is full of surprises these days. The latest: he’s encouraging people to read the new book by one of his ideological opposites: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Politico’s Dylan Byers reports Ailes has written a book blurb supporting “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power,” which comes out later this month.

People who like Rachel will love the book. People who don’t will get angry, but aggressive debate is good for America. Drift is a book worth reading.

The book’s Amazon page includes blurbs from Ailes as well as Tom Brokaw, Frank Rich, Glenn Greenwald and more.