NBC News Chief to Visit 'Meet the Press'

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Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 06:41 AM

By Elliot Jager

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The president of NBC News, Deborah Turness, will be in Washington on Thursday for a series of meetings, including a session with David Gregory of "Meet the Press" and his executive producer Rob Yarin, Politico reported.

A network spokeswoman said Turness had various appointments and conferences to attend and that the her appointment with Gregory was "business as usual." Politico quoted sources it didn't identify as saying that improvements to "Meet the Press" will be one of the main concerns of the NBC executive's visit.

In the last ratings quarter, "Meet the Press" badly trailed competitors ABC's "This Week" and CBS's "Face the Nation."

"Meet the Press" kicked off the first two months of 2014 as the top-rated public affairs program. This followed the dismal finish to 2013 when the show posted its lowest total viewers since 1991 and its poorest performance ever among the important 25-to-54 year-old set of viewers.

The program has been a Sunday staple for 67 years— making it the longest-running television program— featuring interviews with world leaders and U.S. policymakers. The first host was Martha Rountree, who created the program on radio and then moved it to television. All subsequent anchors have been men.

"Meet the Press" has been hosted by Gregory since 2008. He renewed his contract last year. Some have criticized him for not being a passionate political junkie. Before becoming the anchor, Gregory was NBC News chief White House correspondent.

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