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Chuck Todd: 'Disconcerting' to Be Judged on Ratings Over Content

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 04:57 PM

"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd says his current job is the first in which his performance is judged on ratings rather than content, and that makes him uncomfortable.

Todd appeared Tuesday on "The Moment" podcast, hosted by Slate's Brian Koppelman, and he was asked "where the journalism ends and showbiz begins."

"This is the first job I’ve had where I don’t believe I’m judged on content first," Todd admitted. "I think my bosses would probably never say that, but the fact of the matter is, your show is good if the ratings are good."

Todd said his Sunday morning news talk show is treated like Hollywood films that are considered successful only if they have good ticket sales.

"So, this is the first time I’ve been judged now on numbers, on show business, and that is a little disconcerting for me," he said.

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Todd has succeeded in bringing up the ratings of "Meet the Press," the longest-running television show in history, against rivals "This Week" on ABC and "Face the Nation" on CBS, Mediaite noted.

He took over from David Gregory in September, and he said he doesn't want to drop the ball.

"I just want to make sure I’m not the last moderator of 'Meet the Press,'" he said.

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"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd says his current job is the first in which his performance is judged on ratings rather than content, and that makes him uncomfortable.
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