Chuck Todd, the NBC News chief White House correspondent and political director, will replace David Gregory as moderator of “Meet The Press,” network sources confirmed early Thursday afternoon in the wake of a CNN report.
Todd’s promotion, which the network could announce as early as Thursday, is an effort by NBC News to reassert itself as the dominant Sunday show after falling to third place in the ratings under Gregory. The news confirms a previous report from POLITICO’s Mike Allen that Todd was the likely successor to the throne.
In Todd, NBC News is hoping it can restore the show with the passion and insider credibility it had under Tim Russert, Gregory’s predecessor and Todd’s mentor. Todd, who rose to fame as editor in chief of The Hotline, is a political obsessive and extremely knoweledgable about all manner of politics and policy matters.