After much speculation that his ouster was imminent, David Gregory is indeed exiting his post as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
NBC News President Deborah Turness announced that chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd will take over the key post. USA Today reports that Turness sent a memo today to staffers announcing the appointment of Todd, soon after Gregory announced on Twitter that he planned to exit the show and the network.
“The switch in moderators is not surprising. Rumors of a change have swelled recently, coinciding with a decline in ratings for the Sunday political talk show, the longest-running program on network television,” the report notes. “Todd will take over the show on Sept. 7. NBC News veteran Andrea Mitchell will moderate the program on Sunday and will ‘continue to be a central figure of the broadcast,’ as will some others whose names will be announced shortly, Turness wrote.”
Gregory, who took over the show in December 2008 following the death of “Meet the Press” fixture Tim Russert, is exiting NBC after two decades with the network.
In her memo, Turness wrote of Gregory: “Under his leadership the show has had a string of exclusives, and David has shown a remarkable gift for holding leaders to account and getting answers on issues that matter to our audience. He is an outstanding journalist whose sharp intellect and quick sense of humor have made him a pleasure to work with.”
Turness also had high praise for Todd, who will remain as NBC News political director but will hand off his post as chief White House correspondent for NBC and as anchor of the MSNBC show “The Daily Rundown.”
Turness wrote: “There is no one with a bigger passion for politics than Chuck. His unique ability to deliver that passion with razor-sharp analysis and infectious enthusiasm makes him the perfect next generation moderator of this beloved broadcast. Chuck will ensure that ‘Meet the Press’ is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set.”
Gregory said in one of his earlier Twitter posts: “I leave NBC as I came — humbled and grateful. I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is.”