Chuck Todd, who will take over the host role on NBC’s “Meet the Press” next month, told “Today” that his goal is to “demystify Washington for the American public,” reports TVNewser.
“The job of all of us, particularly in political reporting, is to demystify Washington for the American public, but then also try to translate the American public’s frustration for out of touch Washington people,” Todd said. “That’s part of the challenge, that’s part of when things are going well in the political journalism world it’s because we’re playing that role of basically being the translator, being the interpreter between America and Washington.”
Meanwhile, NBC News President Deborah Turness told Bill Carter of The New York Times that she tried to work with David Gregory, the ousted “Meet the Press” host, to make changes. “We weren’t able to build a new vision together in the end,” she said.
Turness wants to add a regular panel of journalists who will question guests, the story notes.
“The show needs more edge,” she told The Times. “It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”