We Told you


Back on November 4th, FTVLive wrote how the staff was looking sideways at NBC News Boss Deborah Turness.

We wrote that just about everyone that FTVLive talked to says that Turness is much more of a hands on manager than anyone in the past.  

But some complain that she is too hands on and needs to back off a bit. 

Turness can be found in the control room often when one of NBC's news programs are on the air. Sources tell FTVLive that she will often shout out instructions and some Producers feel like she is trying to do their job for them. 

Now the NY Post says that Turness is turning her attention to her troubled Sunday talk show, “Meet the Press” — asking staff to write a mission statement and explain what works and what doesn’t, The Post has learned.

Turness has been reviewing individual shows one by one with the aim of having staff focus more clearly on winning the ratings wars, sources said.

The review has sparked talk of what the future holds for the 66-year-old show and its host, David Gregory.

With “Meet the Press” slipping in the ratings, WME’s Ari Emanuel has been making a serious pitch for his clients, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” to take over, several sources said.

A rep for the two hosts wasn’t immediately reachable for comment.

Turness could find a cure for the show’s blues by raiding ABC News’ “Good Morning America” host, George Stephanopoulos, whose contract expires in January, some TV insiders said.

The former Bill Clinton adviser also hosts Sunday’s “This Week.”

While whispers bounce around inside the Beltway about changes coming to “Meet the Press,” NBC News, through a spokesman, insists “there are absolutely no plans” to make a change.