Meet the Press

Meet the Press
Meet the Press
Meet the Press.png
Format Public affairs, news
Created by Martha Rountree[1][2] and Lawrence E. Spivak[1]
Presented by David Gregory (2008–present)
Theme music composer John Williams
Opening theme "The Pulse of Events"[3] (fourth part of The Mission)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 4,946 as of March 27, 2011
Executive producer(s) Betsy Fischer [4]

Adam Verdugo (Senior Producer)[4]

Chris Donovan[4]
Location(s) Washington, D.C.
Running time 53 minutes
Original channel NBC
Picture format SDTV (480i),
HDTV (1080i)
Original run November 6, 1947 – present
External links
United States
Sunday morning talk shows
ABC This Week with Christiane Amanpour
CBS Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer
PBS The McLaughlin Group
Fox Fox News Sunday w/ Chris Wallace
NBC Meet the Press with David Gregory
CNN State of the Union with Candy Crowley
Spanish networks
Uni Al Punto
v · d · e

Meet the Press[5][6] is a weekly American television news/interview program produced by NBC. It is the longest-running television series in American broadcasting history, despite bearing little resemblance to the original format of the program seen in its television debut on November 6, 1947.[7] It has been hosted by 11 moderators, first by Martha Rountree. The current host is David Gregory, who assumed the role in December 2008. The show got a new set on May 2, 2010, with video screens with a library type setting with book shelves and a different modified intro music with David Gregory previewing the guests using the large video screen and with the Meet the Press theme music in a shorter "modernized music with the beginning repeated with drum beats" (See "High-definition broadcasting" further down this page for additional information). [8]

Meet the Press and similar shows specialize in interviewing national leaders on issues of politics, economics, foreign policy and other public affairs. These shows help fulfill the obligations of the networks to provide a public service to the community.

Meet the Press is the highest-rated of the American television Sunday morning talk shows.[9]

The program's usual time slot over the NBC network is airing from 9-10 a.m. local time in most markets, though this may vary by markets due to commitments by affiliates to religious, E/I or local public affairs programing, and varies several weeks in the summer due to morning coverage of Grand Slam tennis and golf tournaments by NBC Sports. The program also re-airs on MSNBC Sunday afternoons at 2pm ET and early Monday mornings 4am ET (also over the Sirius/XM Satellite Radio simulcast of MSNBC audio), along with an early Monday morning replay as part of NBC's "All Night" lineup. The program is also distributed to radio stations via syndication by Westwood One, and aired as part of C-SPAN Radio's replay of the Sunday morning talk shows.



The show's format consists of an extended one-on-one interview with the host and is sometimes followed by a roundtable discussion or one-on-two interview with figures in adversarial positions, either Congress members from opposite sides of the aisle or political commentators. The show expanded to 60 minutes starting with the September 20, 1992 broadcast.[10]

Occasionally, a final segment called "The Meet the Press Minute" was added. It was devoted to topical clips from the show's extensive archives.


Meet the Press originates on NBC in the United States, with additional telecasts on various other NBC Universal channels, including MSNBC in the U.S. and Canada, CNBC Europe in Europe, and CNBC Asia in Asia. It is also broadcast in Australia on the Seven Network.

Meet the Press is also available as an audio or video podcast,[11] and is simulcast on radio stations by Westwood One.[12]


The following is the list of moderators for Meet the Press:[1]

Martha Rountree 1947 – 1953
Ned Brooks 1953 – 1965
Lawrence E. Spivak 1966 – 1975
Bill Monroe 1975 – 1984
Roger Mudd / Marvin Kalb
1984 – 1985
Marvin Kalb 1985 – 1987
Chris Wallace 1987 – 1988
Garrick Utley 1989 – 1991
Tim Russert 1991 – 2008
Tom Brokaw 2008
David Gregory 2008 – present


Meet the Press set, November 1975.

Meet the Press began on radio in 1945 as American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press,[13] a program to promote The American Mercury, a magazine that Lawrence E. Spivak had purchased in 1939. Before the program aired, Spivak asked the journalist Martha Rountree, who had worked in radio and had worked for Spivak as a roving editor for the magazine, to critique the plans for the new radio show. Based on her advice, Rountree created a new radio program that she called The American Mercury, on October 5, 1945.[2]

On November 6, 1947, while still on the Mutual Broadcasting System, the show was subsequently reincarnated on the NBC Television Network and the title shortened to Meet the Press. The radio version also adopted the new name. Although some sources credit Spivak with the program's creation,[1][7] Rountree developed the idea on her own, and Spivak joined as co-producer and business partner in the enterprise after the show had already debuted.[2]

Meet the Press was originally presented as a 30-minute press conference with a single guest and a panel of questioners. Its first guest was James Farley, who served as Postmaster General, Democratic National Committee Chairman, and campaign manager to Franklin D. Roosevelt under the first two terms of the New Deal Administration. Its first hostess was its creator Martha Rountree, to date the program's only female moderator. She stepped down November 1, 1953, and was replaced by Ned Brooks, who remained as moderator until December 26, 1965. Spivak became the moderator on January 1, 1966, moving from his role as a permanent panelist. Mr. Spivak retired on November 9, 1975, and he was replaced by Bill Monroe, who stepped down on June 2, 1984.

The program then went through a series of hosts as it struggled in the ratings against ABC's This Week with David Brinkley. Roger Mudd and Marvin Kalb (as co-moderators) followed Monroe for a year, followed by Chris Wallace in 1987 and 1988, and Garrick Utley from 1989 through December 1, 1991.

Under Russert

The logo used from September 10, 1995–June 2008.
Russert interviews General Peter Pace in 2006.

Network officials, concerned for the show's future, turned to Tim Russert, the network's Washington bureau chief. He took over on December 8, 1991, and remained until his death on June 13, 2008, serving as moderator longer than anyone in the program's history.[14]

Under Russert, the show was expanded to one hour and became less of a televised press conference and more focused on Russert's questions and comments, with longer interviews and with Russert hosting panels of experts.

Russert signed off by saying, "That's all for today. We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press."

During the football season, Russert, a native of Buffalo, New York and an avid Buffalo Bills fan,[15][16] sometimes added, "Go Bills!", and occasionally would ask panelists, "How 'bout those Sabres?" if the Buffalo NHL hockey team was doing well. Spoofs of the show on Saturday Night Live often reflect this addition.

Russert died on June 13, 2008 of a sudden coronary thrombosis (caused by a cholesterol plaque rupture). The former NBC Nightly News anchor and current special correspondent Tom Brokaw hosted a special edition of Meet the Press dedicated to the life of Russert on June 15, 2008, in which Tim Russert's chair was left empty, as a tribute.

Guest moderators

After Russert

Mark Whitaker was named the Washington D.C. Bureau Chief and was given "executive oversight" of Meet the Press.

Interim Brokaw era

Brian Williams, the NBC Nightly News anchor, acted as moderator of the first show back after the June 15 memorial broadcast, with the same guests and subject matter that Russert was planning for when he died.[18]

Following Russert's death, Tom Brokaw was named the interim moderator through the 2008 general elections.[19] Brokaw followed Russert's tradition by signing off with "We'll be back next Sunday because if it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press." In September the show was presented with limited commercials.

On August 10, David Gregory moderated the panel discussion during the second half-hour of the broadcast while Brokaw anchored the first half-hour from the Olympics in Beijing. The following week on August 17, he moderated the entire show. It was also reported on December 1, 2008, that the December 7 broadcast would be Brokaw's last, with David Gregory taking over full time the following Sunday.[20]

Under Gregory

David Gregory began his tenure as moderator on December 14, 2008. On December 18, 2008, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd was named Contributing Editor of Meet the Press.

High definition broadcasting

The set utilized from 1997–2010 had been designed as an experimental set for high definition broadcasting and several episodes of the series (including the first broadcast of a regular series on a major television network in HD) had aired in the format in the 1990s over experimental HD station WHD-TV in Washington.[21] However the show remained in 480i standard definition television over the NBC network itself despite this. On May 2, 2010 the show became the last NBC News program to convert to HD, and unveiled a new set consisting of large video screens mostly used to display Washington scenery, satellite interview subjects and moderator and subject talking points, along with graphics made for the format.[22]

Locations (outside of DC studios)

Notable guests and events

The following is a partial list of notable guests and milestones for the show.[1]

Frequent guests and panelists

Most frequent guests:[1]

Most frequent panelist appearances:[1]

  • David Broder of the Washington Post/401 times, his first appearance was in 1963
  • Robert Novak of the Chicago Sun Times/248 times

See also

  • The Mission (theme music)

References and footnotes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 60th anniversary background information from
  2. ^ a b c Martha Rountree: Radio/Television Producer, Writer, Host from, a Paley Center for Media website
  3. ^ The Sounds of War, an April 2003 article from Slate
  4. ^ a b c About Meet the Press
  5. ^ "Meet the Press: Cast & Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  6. ^ "About Meet The Press". Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  7. ^ a b Meet the Press: U.S. Public Affairs/Interview from the Museum of Broadcast Communications
  8. ^ Mike Allen (2 December 2008). "Gregory to host 'Meet the Press'". Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  9. ^ Tim Russert hits ratings milestone -
  10. ^ David Paul Kuhn (2008-06-13). "Memorable Tim Russert moments". Politico. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  11. ^ Free audio and video downloaded to your PC or portable player from
  12. ^ Westwood One: Meet The Press from Westwood One
  13. ^ 60 Years Ago in News History: America Meets the Press] from the Newseum website
  14. ^ Fast facts about the longest-running program in TV history - Meet the Press, online at MSNBC -
  15. ^ "In the Hot Seat". The Washington Post. May 23, 2004. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  16. ^ Tim Russert's Commencement Address - CUA Office of Public Affairs
  17. ^ Transcript for August 15 - Meet the Press -
  18. ^ June 22: Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), political roundtable - Meet the Press, online at MSNBC -
  19. ^ "NBC's Tom Brokaw to moderate 'Meet the Press' through election". Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  20. ^ Gregory to host 'Meet the Press' - Mike Allen -
  21. ^
  22. ^ Sunday, May 2: 'Meet the Press' to broadcast in HD, debut a new set - Meet the Press -
  23. ^ a b c d e f Meet the Press
  24. ^ . 
  25. ^ January 18, 2004 - Meet the Press -
  26. ^ January 25, 2004 - Meet the Press -
  27. ^ February 1, 2004 - Meet the Press -
  28. ^ February 8, 2004 - Meet the Press -
  29. ^ Transcript for July 25 - Meet the Press -
  30. ^ Transcript for August 29 - Meet the Press -
  31. ^ Transcript for October 31 - Meet the Press -
  32. ^ MTP transcript for Oct. 7, 2007 - Meet the Press -
  33. ^ MTP transcript for Nov. 11, 2007 - Meet the Press -
  34. ^ Dec. 30: Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama - Meet the Press -
  35. ^ Jan. 13: Hillary Clinton - Meet the Press -
  36. ^ Jan. 20: Political roundtable - Meet the Press -
  37. ^ Jan. 27: John McCain, political roundtable - Meet the Press -
  38. ^ June 29: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D-WY), Gov. Bill Ritter (D-CO), Chuck Todd - Meet the Press -
  39. ^ June 29: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D-WY), Gov. Bill Ritter (D-CO), Chuck Todd - Meet the Press -
  40. ^ July 27: Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) - Meet the Press -
  41. ^ Aug. 10: Henry Paulson, political roundtable - Meet the Press -
  42. ^ Aug. 24: Caroline Kennedy, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), political roundtable - Meet the Press -
  43. ^ Aug. 31: Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), political roundtable - Meet the Press -
  44. ^ BEHIND THE SCENES: KWWL will host "Meet the Press" this Sunday - - News & Weather for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, Iowa |
  45. ^ Dec. 7: President-elect Barack Obama - Meet the Press -

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Meet the Press — [Meet the Press] a US television news programme, broadcast every Sunday, in which several journalists ask politicians questions. Meet the Press began on radio in 1945 and moved to television in 1947 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Meet the Press — est un magazine télévisé d information hebdomadaire diffusée chaque dimanche matin sur la chaîne de télévision américaine NBC, et rediffusé le même jour, dans l après midi, sur la chaîne d information en continu MSNBC. Il est composée d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Meet the Press — Seriendaten Originaltitel Meet the Press Produktionsland Vereinigte Staaten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Meet the Press — a US television news programme, broadcast every Sunday, in which several journalists ask politicians questions. Meet the Press began on radio in 1945 and moved to television in 1947. It has been presented since 1991 by Tim Russert. * * * …   Universalium

  • Meet the Press (Australian TV program) — Meet The Press Genre Politics, News Presented by David Johnston (1992–1996) Paul Bongiorno (1996–) Deborah Knight (2000–2009) Hugh Riminton (2010–) Country of origin Australia …   Wikipedia

  • Meet the Tiger — also Meet the Tiger! The Saint is in Danger also The Saint Meets the Tiger also Crooked Gold …   Wikipedia

  • Meet the Feebles — Theatrical release poster Directed by Peter Jackson Produced by …   Wikipedia

  • Meet the Austins —   …   Wikipedia

  • Meet the Parents — This article is about the 2000 film. For other uses, see Meet the Parents (disambiguation). Meet the Parents International film poster Directed by …   Wikipedia

  • Meet the Browns (film) — Tyler Perry s Meet The Browns Theatrical poster Directed by Tyler Perry Produced by Tyler Perry …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”