Morning Media Newsfeed: Todd Makes MTP Debut | Scarborough Joins NBC News

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Chuck Todd’s First Meet The Press: ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’ (TVNewser)
Chuck Todd opened his first Meet The Press, surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report. FishbowlDC For his first Sunday as moderator, Todd talked exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to U.S. relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections. The interview took place at the White House over the weekend and aired during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. broadcast of MTP. Deadline Hollywood Things got testy — and Todd showed a tendency to interrupt — when Obama defended his decision to delay executive action on immigration, saying the summer’s surge of unaccompanied children at the Mexican border changed the politics of the issue. He rejected Todd’s notion the postponement is a political tactic intended to help embattled Democrats in the months before midterm elections, saying that the delay will help make new immigration policies “sustainable” when they are announced later this year. HuffPost There were other small tweaks in the show; Todd threaded his big interview with President Obama throughout the show instead of front-loading it at the beginning, turning to the panel after each portion was over. Todd’s real test will be in the weeks and months ahead. Todd has vowed to cut down on the Beltway bloviators and said he won’t book politicians unless they actually have a stake in the issue at hand. And, of course, he has to pull Meet The Press out of its ratings sinkhole. Politico In selecting Todd as moderator, the NBC News brass is gambling on the belief that a Sunday morning public affairs show can still set the national agenda, as it did under the late Tim Russert. The payoff, they hope, is that Todd can once again make Meet The Press a dominant force in American politics and — though they’d never admit it publicly — effectively erase the nightmare that was David Gregory’s final year as moderator.

Joe Scarborough to Join NBC News as Senior Political Analyst, MTP as Regular Contributor (FishbowlDC)
In its continued revamp of NBC’s Meet The Press and the network’s political coverage, NBC News Friday announced that Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough will join the peacock network as a senior political analyst and regular contributor to MTP. TVNewser Scarborough will also join the network’s election coverage team and contribute to Today. FishbowlNY Despite the new duties, Scarborough will continue to host Morning Joe, a role he has held since 2007. FishbowlDC BuzzFeed Washington bureau chief John Stanton also announced Friday on Facebook that he’ll join Scarborough as a regular panelist on MTP. Stanton joined Scarborough, Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson at the roundtable Sunday for Chuck Todd‘s long-awaited and highly anticipated debut as moderator.

Bruce Morton Has Died (TVNewser)
Bruce Morton, former CBS News and CNN correspondent, died at his home in Washington, D.C. Friday morning after a battle with cancer. Deadline Hollywood He was 83. He spent nearly three decades at CBS News, where he covered the Vietnam War, the space program, presidential campaigns, the Nixon impeachment hearings, the mid-’60s urban riots and contributed to the network’s reports on the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the unrest in China’s Tiananmen Square. He moved to CNN in 1993 and retired from there in 2006. Variety On television and radio for CBS News, he made a record 146 TV appearances in 1988 alone — the most for any television news personality that year. He got his start in the news business while still a student at Harvard in Boston, where he wrote and read radio newscasts for WORL. In the late 50s, Morton was a reporter and editor for the local NBC-owned station in Pittsburgh, a role he assumed after serving as a general assistant for the New York NBC-owned station. Morton joined CBS News as a reporter in the Washington Bureau in 1964 and was elevated to correspondent in 1966. THR Morton was the recipient of six News and Documentary Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award.