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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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Candy Crowley: “I Am First, Last, and Always a Reporter. And I’m Not Giving That Up.”

Crowley SOTU.jpgTalk about timing.

Candy Crowley found out last Wednesday she’s the new anchor of CNN’s Sunday morning public affairs program State of the Union. She got word “right before the State of the Union,” Crowley tells TVNewser. “The President’s State of the Union!”

A fitting coincidence for the veteran political reporter, who joined CNN in 1987. It was public knowledge that Crowley was being considered for the position by network brass — but she says she “did not have a great sense” of whom they might ultimately pick.

With John King leaving SOTU to helm the 7pmET time slot vacated by Lou Dobbs, Crowley told management she was interested in the Sunday job. “I talked to them about it. I said, ‘I would like to do this.’”

But after filling in for King during the holidays — when his pre-taped show was scuttled for a fresh broadcast after the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing — Crowley took a scheduled multi-week vacation to Australia and New Zealand. She decided to enjoy her trip rather than spend time thinking about the pending decision.

Upon Crowley’s return, she was happily surprised to get the nod, but confident that the decades she has spent covering politics have been good preparation. “I do feel like so much of what I’ve done leads to here.”

And so in addition to anchoring each Sunday, Crowley will continue to report during the week. “I am first, last, and always a reporter. And I’m not giving that up…I don’t think you can do a Sunday show without being a reporter. Because then you’d just be showing up on Sundays, asking questions…”

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David Gregory Named Moderator of Meet the Press

GregoryMTP_12.7.jpgAfter a week of speculation, NBC’s Tom Brokaw made it official this morning — David Gregory will become the next moderator of Meet the Press, the longest running show on television.

Gregory joined Brokaw at the end of the broadcast for the announcement. After telling viewers he’d be moving on, Brokaw said, “And to introduce the new moderator of ‘Meet the Press,’ another great friend and cherished colleague, David Gregory who is here with us this morning.” Gregory:

Well, thank you, Tom, this is an incredible honor also to have it come from you because of what you have meant to me in the course of my career and the course of my life. I know how [executive producer] Betsy [Fischer] and I and the staff feel so grateful to you for everything you have brought to the program in such a difficult time after Tim died…You nurtured me in this business. Tim did. And I was in a unique place where I got to see the two very best in journalism up close. I tried to learn a lot and I’ve thought a lot about what it means to succeed somebody like Tim Russert.

And I’m not Tim. But, along with this great team, I can just work real hard to make him proud.

B&D_12.7.jpgGregory follows in the footsteps of Martha Rountree, Lawrence Spivak, Roger Mudd, Marvin Kalb, Chris Wallace and, of course, the longest-serving moderator Tim Russert, who died of a heart attack in June at the age of 58.

Meet the Press began on the radio in 1945 and moved to television in 1947. TVNewser was on hand as the show celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Newseum last November.

The NBC News press release, which includes news about EP Betsy Fischer, is after the jump…

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