Tom Brokaw to Host Meet the Press Through the Election

With Tim Russert as moderator, Meet the Press was the dominant Sunday news show. Russert’s death opened the possibility of losing a share of the audience to others such as George George Stephanopoulos. Tom Brokaw will be taking over as moderator through the election. As long as Brokaw agreed, this was the by far the smartest move for NBC. Brokaw is the only one at NBC with the stature to maintain the position of Meet the Press during the period when the Sunday talk shows will be receiving the most attention.

This will also give the network more time to consider replacements. Once they do decide upon someone, they could be given increasing prominence as the number two person under Brokaw on the show, increasing the chances of keeping viewers with the new host after the election.

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