New “Meet The Press” Anchor To Be Announced By December 7
We still all wish there was no need to have a new full-time host for Sunday morning’s famed “Meet The Press”. If only it could be like it once was. Tim Russert is still very much missed.
But there is a list of names that I find perfect for the role of his replacement, and three of them are among my favorites on television today. The announcement of a new host will be made by December 7th.
Barring a last-minute surprise, network insiders and television news observers expect the new moderator — or moderators — will be drawn from a short list of candidates that include NBC chief White House correspondent David Gregory, PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell and NBC political director Chuck Todd.
I love Gwen Ifill and once hoped that she could have been lured to CBS to fill the anchor role of Dan Rather. She is steeped in Washington knowledge, and the political process. Andrea Mitchell has a warm television presence with a keen mind regarding international affairs. Chuck Todd is a walking storehouse of political acumen, and is perhaps the one that best resembles the mind of Tim Russert. David Gregory is great at asking questions and demanding an answer, but I wonder if he is the ‘fit’ for the Sunday role as host.
This long serving public affairs program is one that has a proud tradition in our political and journalistic world. The selection has to be the correct one.