A shakeup could be in the works with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Sunday show that’s been sagging in the ratings in recent months, the New York Post reported.
One possibility could be replacing moderator David Gregory with MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
The Post reported that talent agency WME is pushing for Scarborough and Brzezinski as Gregory’s replacements, which would represent a significant departure from the show’s current format.
The Post also reported that new NBC News chief Debora Turness could be looking at George Stephanopoulos, the host of ABC’s Sunday morning “This Week,” the top-rated Sunday show, and the co-anchor of ABC’s weekday morning show “Good Morning America.” His contract with ABC expires in January.
Turness wants to win the ratings war and is reviewing all of the news shows, asking staff to write a mission statement for the show and explain what does and doesn’t work.
If either Scarborough, Brzezinski or Stephanopoulos were to take over hosting the venerated “Meet the Press” program, the host’s political point of view would be well established.
Stephanopoulos is a former Clinton White House aide, Scarborough is a former Republican representative from Florida who has called for the Republican Party to move to the center, and Brzezinski has been a traditional liberal commentator on “Morning Joe.”
“Meet the Press” is the longest continually running news program, beginning on the radio in 1945 and becoming a TV program in November 1947.