Chuck Todd Likely to Replace David Gregory on 'Meet the Press'

Image: Chuck Todd Likely to Replace David Gregory on 'Meet the Press' Chuck Todd, left, and David Gregory. (Paul Morigi/Stringer/Getty Images; Ron Sachs/DPA/Landov)

Monday, 11 Aug 2014 12:15 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Chuck Todd, NBC News’ chief White House correspondent, will likely replace David Gregory as the host of the network’s "Meet the Press," Politico reported.

The change is expected to be announced "in coming weeks," Politico said, citing sources it didn't identify. The political news website also said its sources cautioned "nothing is definite or decided."

Gregory has been in the firing line ever since the former top-ranked Sunday morning show dropped to third place behind its rivals, CBS’ "Face the Nation" and ABC’s "This Week."

Politico Playbook columnist Mike Allen wrote that the change is an attempt by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore "passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift" since the 2008 death of the show’s highly praised host Tim Russert.

"Although Todd is not a classic television performer guaranteed to wow focus groups, his NBC bosses have been impressed by his love of the game, which brings with it authenticity, sources, and a loyal following among newsmakers and political junkies," Allen wrote.

Todd, 42, a George Washington University graduate, is also the host of "The Daily Rundown" on MSNBC and has been the political director of NBC News since 2007.

Gregory, who was once a rising star at NBC News, is unlikely to stay at the network after he leaves "Meet the Press," Allen wrote.

"It’s unclear whether Gregory or Todd knows about the big move, likely to be in place before year's end," Allen wrote.

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