Report: Joe Scarborough to Become 'Meet the Press' Panelist

Image: Report: Joe Scarborough to Become 'Meet the Press' Panelist "Morning Joe" Host Joe Scarborough. (Rick D' Elia/EPA/Landov)

Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 01:02 PM

By Andrea Billups

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Your media "Morning Joe" may also become a regular part of your Sunday news viewing.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is set to join new "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd as a regular political analyst, the New York Post reported, citing sources close to programming.

His expanded role offers the program an experienced and likable voice from the political right. Scarborough will team up with another new guest panelist, Luke Russert, who will also join Todd in an effort to turn around the show's sinking ratings.

Todd will make his debut Sunday, taking over for David Gregory.

Russert, who is 29, covers Congress for NBC and is the son of much-beloved "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, who died suddenly in 2008. Tim Russert had served as moderator of the famed news panel for 16 years.

Other guests on the program's new launch will include Washington Post reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, as well as veteran NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell, who is the network's chief foreign affairs correspondent.

The new line-up announcement is the latest in the shake-up for NBC, which announced earlier this week that John Reiss would replace Rob Yarin as executive producer on the show, Media Bistro reported.

Scarborough, 51, an attorney, is the Atlanta-born host of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC and a former Republican congressman who served Florida's 1st District from 1995 to 2001. He has been critical of the GOP and also President Barack Obama, noting that his party often goes after the president but brings few fresh ideas of its own, Mediaite reported.

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