David Gregory on his Way Out at NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’

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By Emily Smith, New York Post ‘Page 6’

July 23, 2014

David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources told Page Six, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections.

While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings.

Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.

An NBC source said, “The discussion is whether to make a change before or after the midterm elections. Just after the midterms would give the new moderator time to settle in.”

According to insiders, NBC political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd is the rightful heir to Gregory, but he has not been officially offered the job.

Other names said to be in the frame include “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie, who comes from a political background but is unlikely to be released from the flagship morning show where she’s hugely popular. Guthrie is also due to give birth to her first child next month and will return to “Today” after maternity leave.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t mind his hosting skills….I watch the show every week, and if anything, I would fault the PRODUCERS for booking the same people same people same people same people over and over and over and over. Some are not even currently active in politics….but appear on the show a bunch. Other nail in the coffin is they book guests who will only stick to their talking points and refuse to be actively INTERVIEWED. That alone blows the premise of the show’s title.

  2. Chris – July 24, 2014 – 8:34 pm

    You obviously don’t follow US politics.

    David Gregory is well known for been an Obama and democrat sympathizer. One of the major reasons for his low ratings is that viewers got fed up with his blatant biased hosting on Meet The Press in favor of the democratic party.

  3. Nao, you obviously didn’t watch Meet The Press last week. Go ahead and review the tape. Gregory was lobbing softball questions in a interview with John McCain. Then that panel of DC journalists, spent the whole time bashing the President. Everything was his fault and they kept saying “he’s too weak” ad nauseum. I know you guys like to believe the media supports Obama, but the reality couldn’t be anymore different. The media loves stirring controversy and has routinely bashed Obama in an effort to feed its desires.

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