NBC News President Steve Capus announced yesterday that retired anchor Tom Brokaw will serve as moderator of “Meet the Press” through the 2008 presidential election, following the recent death of Tim Russert.
"A lot has been said in recent days about what ‘Meet the Press’ means to NBC News and to the nation. 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," Capus said in announcing the move.
"I’ve been appearing on ‘Meet the Press’ since the days of Watergate when it was moderated by Lawrence E. Spivak right through the distinguished tenure of my great friend, Tim Russert, so I feel right at home. 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, and I intend to continue that commitment to our viewers," said Brokaw.
Brokaw’s role will begin with the Sunday, June 29th show. Brian Williams filled in as moderator yesterday.