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Newt Gingrich[edit]

On the May 15 show David Gregory said Newt Gingrich was making his 35th appearance. Since this was just behind other "Frequent Guests" I added him, but don't know how to footnote it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:58, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

It's Meet The Press with David Gregory[edit]

Stop redirecting the page to merely Meet The Press, as it's not the title; one can visit the official site,, and see the show's name change, as is plainly evident in the new logo as well.

The website clearly describes the show as Meet The Press.""About Meet The Press"". Retrieved 2008-12-28.  Additionally, if you news google "'meet the press - Google News'". Retrieved 2008-12-28. you'll see most newspapers just call it Meet The Press.Gerardw (talk) 20:31, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

Overseas Versions[edit]

Other programs have several versions and reference each other. NBC may not be linked commercially to Ten Australia but the two MTP's are highly similar. NBC's version inspired and spawned Ten's. It's noteworthy, and exceptional, that another show, on the other side of the world, is also called Meet The Press and follows the same format.


This article should have a moderator list. Who moderated between 1975-1991? (When I get a chance I will look it up!)Jny 22:13, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Bill Monroe, Chris Wallace, Garrick Utley, among others. But if you haven't heard of these people before, why are you writing an encyclopedia article on Meet the Press? It's strange that SNL spoofs of Russert rate a mention over these hosts, unless you consider the probable age of the editors. JoeFink (talk) 19:04, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Tv nbc meet the press with tim russert logo.jpg[edit]

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Panel format / Layout compared to article for Face the Nation[edit]

When was the panel format replaced by the solo format? Was it when Russert arrived in 1991?

The moderators should be laid out in easier to read format, as on the Face the Nation article page. Dogru144 17:25, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Martha Roundtree [edit]

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I'm not sure why the American TV program categories for the 1960s, 70s and 80s were removed (or omitted) so I have put them back. Does it look a little clunky? Perhaps. But this show is so unique in its longevity that I feel it's justified. 23skidoo (talk) 19:21, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

new host for the show?[edit]

Now that Tim Russert had passed away, should we include something about the show getting a new host? Soccer5525 (talk) 19:53, 13 June 2008 (UTC)Soccer5525

Star of 'Meet the Press'[edit]

Also, whoever's re-adding Russert to the star section of the Infobox? please stop. Russert has died & therefore is no longer the star of the show 'Meet the Press'. GoodDay (talk) 22:16, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

David Gregory's name has been bandied about, but there has been no official announcement as of yet regarding a future host for Meet The Press. The only announcement from the network thus far is that Tom Brokaw will anchor this week in a special on Russert's life. --Mhking (talk) 01:08, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

David Gregory will be the new host of Meet The Press: . Cojrak (talk) 20:32, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

is meet the press really a person!?!?![edit]

the article descrbes the TV show Meet the Press as being a dead person. i realizewd that tim russett is dead but that doesnt mean that the show that he worked on is also a dead human ebing. Smith Jones (talk) 03:35, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Theme Song[edit]

I'm suprised the theme song for Meet the Press is not mentioned. I remember reading somewhere that it was composed by John Williams. Anyone know anything more about it? Bognan72 (talk) 05:34, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

I thought the title was mentioned in the infobox ... anyway, it was composed by Williams as part of his theme work for NBC news (including the Today and Nightly News themes). Before it was used on MTP, it was used as the intro music for special reports that would interrupt normal programming. For that matter, I'm wondering why "for a written transcript, send 25 cents in coin to Merkle Press..." didn't get mentioned somewhere... DrBear (talk) 18:15, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

Ah, just noticed the title in the infobox. Thanks. Bognan72 (talk) 01:17, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

George H.W. Bush[edit]

The article mentions that each president since Kennedy has been on the show and refers to Ford, Reagan. Clinton and George W. Bush. Out of curiousity, why was George H.W. Bush left out? --Blue387 (talk) 06:55, 30 September 2008 (UTC)


So far the only ones listed are the ones that Brokaw hosted. I'm pretty sure that every dnc/rnc in recent memory and occasional others(like I remember seeing footage of Russert at a Super Bowl with the Bills- of course).--Levineps (talk) 22:52, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Edit warring in the intro[edit]

Since a revert war is going on regarding the show's name in the intro I have protected the article for now. Please discuss the issue and try to reach a consensus regarding the issue to get the article unprotected. Best, feydey (talk) 17:22, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

As there are no comments I assume the article is good "at current condition" and no reverts concerning the title will commence. I will unprotect in 24h. Remember, it is always a good practice to source all edits. Best, feydey (talk) 15:22, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
I will restore "Meet the Press" to the Infobox when the article is unprotected, as it is the authoritatively correct name of the show. I will also provide multiple reliable sources to demonstrate this (MSNBC's own web site, IMDb, newspaper sources, etc.). With any luck, the editor with whom I got into an edit war over this won't dispute the use of verifiable, reliable sources, and cool off with the "you're a Canadian, you're not qualified to edit this article" nonsense. Warren -talk- 21:01, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
Please add the article's proposed first line with reliable sources here so it can be discussed. Thanks, feydey (talk) 21:05, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
It would read as it does now, but with "Meet the Press" instead of "Meet the Press with David Gregory". Sources are as follows:
IMDB: (already in the article)
TV Guide: (useful for a list of past guests, too)
Politico: (already in the article)
For the two sources already in the article, I'd move them up into the lead sentence and/or the infobox; finding the right formulation so that we don't have a samba line of source links (which tend to get deleted by head-scratching uninvolved editors) will take a bit of careful placement, but it shouldn't be too hard. Warren -talk- 21:23, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
The website clearly describes the show as Meet The Press.""About Meet The Press"". Retrieved 2008-12-28.  Additionally, if you news google "'meet the press - Google News'". Retrieved 2008-12-28. you'll see most newspapers just call it Meet The Press.Gerardw (talk) 20:31, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

Unprotected. feydey (talk) 03:52, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

I've updated the article as outlined above -- the TV Guide reference was used for the show's name. I've also added a sentence to the lead section to include mention of David Gregory, and the Politico link was used as a reference for that. Warren -talk- 12:27, 30 December 2008 (UTC)
Add it just got reverted again by User:S3884h. I've requested he work towards consensus on his Talk:S3884h page and I've also requested assistance from Talk:Bwilkins, who supported the "Meet The Press" title on Wikipedia:Wikipedia Alerts. I'm leaving the main page as is, for now, pending reply from S4884h.

As an uninvolved editor who is actually in the business: the show in question has a legal, registered, copyrighted trade name: Meet the Press. Just like "The Late Show with David Letterman"'s legal name is "The Late Show", and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is simply "The Tonight Show", or "Extra Strength Tylenol" is really simply the extra-strength version of the trademarked "Tylenol". Networks append new host's names, and may or may not trademark the addition. The person's name merely improves marketing. BMWΔ 17:03, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Program title[edit]

Unable to agree on title of program (See Talk:Meet_the_Press#Edit_warring_in_the_intro )

I came here as a result of the AN3 request. That request is premature as nobody has violated the spirit or the letter of the three-revert rule, however, I have to say that I really see no merit whatsoever in the claim that the title should be "Meet the Press with David Gregory". Googling that name with gets zero g-hits. The same search with returns one hit - the show's website. On NBC's media relations page about the show - - they call it "Meet the Press". I really don't see any reason to believe that isn't the official name. --B (talk) 20:48, 30 December 2008 (UTC)
I also came here as a result of the WP:AN3 posting. I checked NBC's website, and their "About Meet the Press" page makes it pretty clear that they consider the official name to be simply "Meet the Press". --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 20:58, 30 December 2008 (UTC)"
I agree, the name is Meet The Press per: "For 61 years, "Meet the Press” has featured headline-making interviews with world-leaders and U.S. newsmakers every Sunday morning on NBC. On December 7, 2008, David Gregory, former NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, was named moderator of the venerable television institution. If you have any questions or comments, you can e-mail the show...NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent, David Gregory, was named moderator of “Meet the Press” on December 7, 2008. He is only the tenth person ever to be a permanent host of the program. He assumed the role from veteran NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw, who had served as interim moderator after the untimely death of Tim Russert on June 13, 2008." (talk) 09:56, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
      • RfC response: Official sources say the show's title is Meet the Press. The article covers the show's entire history, even with other hosts, not just with David Gregory. This is a pretty clear cut case.--Esprit15d • talkcontribs 17:51, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
      • Agree: The title is correct as is. --Thomprod (talk) 18:19, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

No controversies?[edit]

If there was such a section I could upload the photo of 20 people protesting the DC Meet the Press taping in 2000 where Buchanan and Nader appeared because they wouldn't let Harry Browne on. A few weeks later they did put him on :-) CarolMooreDC (talk) 18:40, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

Public service obligation[edit]

I have tagged this sentence as needing citation: "These shows help fulfill the obligations of the networks to provide a public service to the community."

Once upon a time, US broadcast stations — not networks, which are not licensed, although their affiliates and owned-and-operated stations are — did have such an obligation, which was a nominal condition for their FCC license. But that obligation no longer exists at least de facto, and probably by law.

The Sunday morning talk shows were indeed originated partly to fulfill public service obligations of stations broadcasting them. They also helped generate fodder for the network's own news shows (e.g., "The senator, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, said ...") and in recent decades, on competitor's newscasts as well.

'Longest running TV show in the world'[edit]

For some reason I am unable to edit using an iPad in regular article space. It might be worth adding that MTP is promoted during it's opening credits as the world's longest running TV program. (talk) 14:07, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Cancellation speculation[edit]

After seeing the alarmist wording regarding "speculation it might be cancelled", I went to the actual cited source and saw no reference to cancellation, only that as of late December 2013 NBC News was looking at cutting staff and that the network hadn't figured out what to do with Meet the Press, with options including bringing in a new co-host to "blowing up the franchise" and starting fresh. That does not necessarily mean Meet the Press would be cancelled; it could be interpreted to mean the show might adopt a new format. Wikipedia isn't here to speculate, so I reworded the reference to be more neutral - NBC hasn't decided on the future of the show, period. Of course, if another reputable media source reports that it may be in line for cancellation, then all this can be updated as needs be. (talk) 23:33, 4 February 2014 (UTC)


Hello. I uploaded the new logo with Chuck Todd, but it had a background and some of it looks horrible on the edges. I'm not that good at cleaning images up, but if someone could... that'd be great! Corkythehornetfan (Talk) 06:24, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

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