“Before choosing [journalist Chuck] Todd, NBC News President Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting ‘Meet the Press,’ according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks,” reports Gabriel Sherman on the website of New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer column.
The story reports: “One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually ‘anything’ to bring him over. ‘They were ready to back the Brink’s truck up,’ the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”
The article adds: “Stewart, whose Comedy Central contract extends through next year, declined NBC’s aggressive courtship. He probably recognized that much of his audience wouldn’t rush to turn on their televisions early on a Sunday morning. As Todd told a reporter last month, it’s a tough time slot for the young folks: ‘Are they rejecting the brand or are they just not getting up?’ ”