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Opinion: Looks like David Gregory gets Tim Russert’s chair on ‘Meet the Press’

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(UPDATE: Once again, The Times’ Matea Gold nails it.)

So much for a female Sunday talk-show host, it seems. We’ll just stick with the aging white guys.

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Huffington Post has just reported that Andrea Mitchell, Gwen Ifill, Ted Koppel and Chuck Todd will not be replacing the late Tim Russert as host of the iconic Sunday morning NBC talk show, ‘Meet the Press.’

The heir, according to HuffPo, is David Gregory, veteran NBC newsman.

NBC isn’t saying anything yet about who will be the face of the 61-year-old show that still leads the Sunday morning ratings. But fill-in moderator Tom Brokaw is scheduled to interview President-elect Barack Obama this coming Sunday.

Last week, as usual, The Times’ Matea Gold took a comprehensive look at the quiet competititon and found a decision expected on or right after Brokaw’s last appearance on Dec. 7.

NBC had to make the crucial decision whether Gregory could make the more-difficult-than-it-looks transition from chasing the day’s hot news story that has film to go with it to the more serious, probative moderator that the long-running ‘Meet’ needs.

That’s the kind of questioner who doesn’t mind making news on those slow Sabbath mornings while the nation sips coffee in its bathrobes but is also after understanding what’s behind the guests, their thinking and their decisions. Russert will be a very hard act to follow in that way.

Apparently, NBC is also undeterred by the cost of a larger ‘Meet’ roundtable given Gregory’s instinctive propensity to shout his questions at people, primarily presidents pretending to ignore the desperate reporters held behind the rope line.

--Andrew Malcolm

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