“Meet the Press”: Brokaw for now, Mitchell in ’09

Meetthepressold_2NBC News made the logical move on Sunday in tapping Tom Brokaw for the tough job of following Tim Russert as moderator of Meet the Press for the rest of this year, at least through the end of the presidential race in November.

Brokaw has the reporting experience, the on-air chops and the gravitas to uphold Russert’s considerable legacy in turning “Meet the Press” into a consistent news-making and profit-making enterprise for the Peacock, as Variety’s Michael Schneider reports.

But as right as it is to hand the chair to Brokaw in the short term, there’s an equally smart choice on the NBC News roster to take the job for the long haul. Andrea Mitchell, Peacock’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, also has the resume, the Washington relationships, the reporting skills and the extra-thick skin to take on the job. Having Brokaw handle the challenging transition period in the wake of Russert’s surprising death June 13 is the best scenario that could arise for the show out of NBC News’ tragic loss. Mitchell wouldn’t have to follow Babe Ruth up to bat, and having a clearly defined limited tenure would probably help Brokaw avoid the inevitable “is he as good as” comparisons too.

Brokaw, in my view, is the very model of how a network anchor should comport him or herself after relinquishing the throne.

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  2. Janice Evans says:

    Gwen Ifill is The One to succeed as MTP moderator.
    She has all The Right Stuff… she’s whip smart, funny, charming and is the FUTURE not the PAST.
    Tim Russert hired her… her broadcast roots began with NBC.
    This makes so much sense that NBC won’t do it.

  3. j gold says:

    How is it that Keith Olbermann has too much political baggage and Andrea Mitchell does not? Given her husband’s architecture of (or acquiescence to) so much of the current economic crisis, she is unlikely to be an honest broker – she’d have to recuse herself from half the topics up for discussion in any given week. Brokaw is clearly the better choice, if available, and I suspect he’ll do a much better job than Russert. And Lisa Myers seems a natural for the job.

  4. Grandmere says:

    I agree.. Andrea Mitchell has the experience and background o handle Meet the Press. I am pleased that Brokaw is handling things util after the election. I like David Gregory but his personal biases have come into some of his interviews and questions and the position of moderator must be unbiased.

  5. Jay Boyar says:

    No offense to Mitchell, but, other than Brokaw, the only NBC regular with the knowledge, political savvy and, most importantly, temperament to take over for Russert on “Meet the Press” is Chuck Todd. He’s easy to underestimate because his persona is so modest, but if he gets a chance to try out for the job, his qualifications should become obvious.

  6. Joe B. says:

    I have to go with David Gregory. He’s 22 years younger, he asks the tough questions in the same vein as Tim, and he’s not married to someone still adjacently connected to government.
    The Greenspan issue makes Andrea a NO for me.

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