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Tom Brokaw Will ‘Meet the Press’: NBC Anchor Takes Over Show Through Election Season

June 24, 2008

By Zap2It, Chicago

Jun. 23–NBC News is turning to one of its elder statesmen to host “Meet the Press” this election season.

Former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw will take over as moderator of the show starting Sunday (June 29). For now, the job runs through the presidential election in November; the network will presumably use that time to search for a permanent replacement for Tim Russert, who died June 13.

“A lot has been said in recent days about what ‘Meet the Press’ means to NBC News and to the nation,” NBC News President Steve Capus says. “To have someone of Tom’s stature step up and dedicate himself to ensuring its ongoing success is not only a testament to his loyalty to Tim, but his enduring commitment to NBC News and our viewers.”

NBC turned to Brokaw to break the news of Russert’s death, and he led a tribute to his late colleague on “Meet the Press” June 15. Current “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams filled in as host this past weekend.

“Tim made ‘Meet the Press’ the center of the universe for informative and lively discussions of public affairs, particularly the exciting 2008 campaign for president,” Brokaw says. “I intend to continue that commitment to our viewers.”

Brokaw anchored the “NBC Nightly News” from 1982-2004 and led NBC’s coverage of every presidential election during that time. Prior to that he was a host of the “Today” show and the network’s White House correspondent. Since leaving the evening newscast, he’s produced and anchored a number of documentaries for NBC and contributed to the network’s political coverage.

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