Left-wing MSNBC host Chuck Todd was just demoted from his show “Meet the Press Daily” to now be a streaming-only show called “Meet the Press Now.” Todd’s former 1:00 p.m. hour on MSNBC will now be called “MSNBC Reports” with the network’s veteran anchor Chris Jansing. During the closeout of the final show, Todd praised the news. He said the move to an all-digital show was a “no-brainer.”
He said, “I want to take a moment to remind people of our mission here: to share with you what you need to know about what’s happening in Washington and in American politics, and most importantly, explain why it happened, and why it matters to you. I’ve always been a big believer in finding new ways to reach new audiences. So we know where you are. And putting Meet the Press on NBC News NOW, five days a week is at the forefront of where we want to be in streaming news. It was a no-brainer. We know you are here because you’re simply looking for smart, honest news and analysis. That’s all. Which has been, and always will be the driving force behind Meet the Press.”
Conservative Brief reports:
NBC News president Noah Oppenheim said in a statement: “NBC News is the leader in streaming news. Since our launch, we’ve been committed to delivering the best of NBC News’ journalism, free, to streaming audiences everywhere.”
“Chuck was one of the first broadcast anchors to see the massive potential of streaming and bringing Meet the Press’s daily franchise to NBC News NOW reinforces the platform’s status as the destination for news on streaming,” Oppenheim added.
According to a report from The Daily Beast, the executive producer of “Meet the Press” is being moved over to the streaming side as the Sunday cable show has plummeted in ratings.
“John Reiss, who had been EP for the last eight years, was officially punted over to the NBC News Now streaming service, and David P. Gelles, a long-time CNN producer who helped develop the now-defunct CNN+ streamer, was parachuted in to help fix the sinking show, which is down 21 percent in total viewership and 24 percent in the key advertising demographic compared to last year—more than any of the other Sunday politics shows,” the Daily Beast reported.
According to The Daily Beast’s sources, current NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker is likely to replace Todd. Welker previously moderated the second presidential debate during the 2020 election cycle.