NBC News President: Meet the Press ‘Needs More Edge’

Deborah Turness, now finishing her first year as president of NBC News, defended the exit of ousted host David Gregory to the New York Times and roughly outlined her vision for the show’s future.

“The show needs more edge,” Turness told the Times, eyeing a return to a format of multiple journalists interviewing one guest. “It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”

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Since the death of legendary host Tim Russert, Meet the Press has slid in the ratings from first to third.

Turness spoke vaguely about Gregory’s protracted exit, which drew criticism from a bipartisan collection of Gregory’s peers, who felt NBC News had left the host twisting in the wind. “We weren’t able to build a new vision together in the end,” she said.

[h/t New York Times]

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