NBC hasn't confirmed this yet, but the Huffington Post is reporting that NBC has tapped David Gregory to moderate Meet the Press.
David Gregory will take the reins as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," the Huffington Post has learned. Gregory has been a leading contender for the permanent spot since Tom Brokaw stepped in as interim moderator following Tim Russert's death in June.
In recent weeks, a short list including Gregory, Andrea Michell, Gwen Ifill, and Chuck Todd had been considered the top candidates for the position, while Katie Couric and Ted Koppel were viewed as dark horses.
I wrote this back on June 14th:
I would say that Gregory will be the fill-in host for the time being, but in my mind, he's not strong enough to take over the show full time...
I think NBC has to either promote some local talent that we haven't had a chance to see yet or look outside their circle and find a strong personality to take over the reigns of the number one Sunday talk show that brings in at least fifty million dollars a year.
I'm sure he'll be aggressive enough, but is the talent pool so bad in TV Land that NBC had to fall back on Gregory? I do agree with Tina Brown's suggestion that Rachel Maddow would be a nice choice.
I say give Meet the Press to Rachel Maddow. She’s smart. She’s quick. She’s witty. She does her homework. And she listens to what the person she’s talking to is saying. She doesn't just go to the next question on her list. If Obama is post-racial, Maddow is post-gender—divested of hair-frosted femininity in the anchor genre and more appealing because of it. Like him, she’s a calm, unflappable new era phenomenon. Sure, she’s a lefty, and in the past week she's been swinging away at Obama's cabinet choices, but I suspect she's ambitious enough to dial it back if she had to.
But please Tina, keep Greta right where she is. And I'm sorry I have to say this, but I was hoping to squeeze out my good pal Glenn Greenwald for a spot on the round table...