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NBC News President Wants An Edgier 'Meet The Press'

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In an interview with the New York Times published Monday, NBC News president Deborah Turness offered her diagnosis for what's plaguing "Meet the Press":

Her new vision for “Meet the Press” includes adding a regular panel of journalists who will question guests, something of a return to the venerable show’s original format. “The show needs more edge,” she said. “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.”

Todd was tapped as the new moderator for "Meet the Press" earlier this month, ending a tumultuous period for David Gregory, who had overseen the show's steady decline since he took over for the late Tim Russert in 2008.