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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

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‘Meet the Press’ Meets America

Meet the Press“Meet the Press” is unveiling a new series with NBC News correspondent Kevin Tibbles to take politics “outside of the Beltway and into the Heartland.”

“Meeting America,” which kicked off last week with a report from Iowa, will look at how political decisions made in D.C. affects the day-to-day lives of Americans. This week’s report will be from Steele City, Nebraska, the starting point of Phase II of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

“Our goal is to translate what’s going on in Washington, DC, and show the real impact on constituents across the country,” executive producer Rob Yarin said in a statement. “Politics isn’t just about politicians — it’s about real people and real life outside the halls of the West Wing or Capitol Hill, and ‘Meeting America’ allows us to give a national platform to voices we don’t normally hear from on these issues.”

Alex Wallace Adds Oversight of NBC’s Washington Bureau

WallaceNBC News president Deborah Turness is making more changes at the executive level. In the latest shakeup, Alex Wallace is adding oversight of the network’s Washington bureau and “Meet the Press.”

Under the new leadership structure, Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland and “Meet the Press” executive producer Rob Yarin will both report to Wallace. Wallace has also been formally named Turness’ deputy.

“This is a pivotal role as we focus our efforts on being number one on every platform and on transforming our premium TV brands into premium digital properties,” Turness wrote in a memo to NBC staffers. “Alex is uniquely placed to unlock the multi-platform future of ‘Nightly News,’ and to make ‘Meet the Press’ a 7 days-a-week source for politics and beltway buzz.”

Turness is on the lookout for a general manager at the SVP level for the “Today” show, a person who will be tasked with driving “greater cooperation between all parts of the brand.”

The executive changes come as part of Turness’ plan to “future-proof the entire organization,” which she called “a Herculean task for the leadership team.” Turness is also planning broader collaboration between the television and digital production teams. “Together, we will win on all platforms,” she writes.

The full memo from Turness, as well as a chart of the new NBC News leadership structure, is after the jump. Read more

After 22 Years, Betsy Fischer Says Goodbye to ‘Meet the Press’

This morning, “Meet the Press” paid tribute to Betsy Fischer Martin on her final broadcast after 22 years with the NBC News public affairs program. Fischer Martin got her start in the business as an intern on “Meet the Press.” She leaves as its top producer: senior EP, a job she’s held since 2002. Fischer Martin is staying with NBC News as Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming. Rob Yarin joins as EP of “MTP” next week, with his first show next Sunday.

David Gregory paid tribute to his producer — and one-time American University classmate. “If it’s Sunday, thanks to Betsy, it’s ‘Meet the Press,’” said Gregory in his sign-off

In addition to the taped piece , the closing credits included all of her previous titles at the show and the years she held them.

Rob Yarin Named Executive Producer of ‘Meet the Press’

After Betsy Fischer Martin leaves her post as senior executive producer of “Meet the Press,” Rob Yarin will step in to lead the NBC public affairs show.

Since 1999, Yarin has worked as the senior vice president of programming for Frank N. Magid Associates. In this role, he has worked as a programming and news consultant for several news outlets, including NBC News and MSNBC. He has worked as an advisor to “Meet the Press” and an executive producer of “Race for the White House,” David Gregory‘s daily election show on MSNBC in 2008.

“Rob is a seasoned journalist and industry expert who understands the worlds of television, politics and social media and how they converge to create compelling and informative programming,” NBC News senior vice president Antoine Sanfuentes said in a statement. “Rob’s knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to ‘Meet the Press,’ as the show continues to make news and drive the political conversation each week.”

Yarin will officially take over as executive producer of “Meet the Press” on August 4. More in NBC’s official announcement after the jump. Read more