Below is the memo from NBC News President Deborah Turness about David Gregory, Meet the Press and Chuck Todd ( I got it from Huffington Post.) I have added my thoughts in red text.
NBC has really been rotten to Gregory in these last few months. I don’t know if he needed to go (I only know him to say hello if I bump into him at some media dinner), but no one should have been subjected to this NBC process where they claim they love you and you are at the network for the long haul…and meanwhile they are plotting to get rid of you. OUCH! If an employee needs to leave, and it happens, it should be done with honesty and dignity for all. That’s not how this was done. That’s why I am swatting NBC tonight.
I tweeted about the lousy way NBC has handled this and InsideCableNews reminded me that this is not so uncommon at NBC. Here is the exchange of tweets:
Will we ever get the real inside scoop of how NBC dumped Gregory? Only if NBC did not buy off Gregory as he walked out the door. Corporations often dangle big separation agreements with ‘non disaparagement clauses’ (muzzles) that no talent can turn down because they are so big.
Many (most?) corporations pay millions to a high visibility employee so that he quietly leaves and says how much he loves everyone as he leaves and what a wonderful experience it has been. wink wink
And why does it matter to get the complete story? It does for the shareholders. Corporate executives don’t pay these muzzles with their own money. They use shareholder money to pay for silence so that the shareholders never hear what happened. I think in general, the system in corporations is rigged against shareholders…but that is another story for another day.
The letter below is …well…so typical…. note all the praise as they throw him under the bus. Oh man..does anyone reading this letter really fall for it?
I want to share some news about Meet the Press. After an exceptional 20 years with NBC News, David Gregory is leaving the network.
I want to express my sincerest thanks to David, who, after the death of Tim Russert, led Meet the Press for almost 6 years. Under his leadership the show has had a string of exclusives, and David has shown a remarkable gift for holding leaders to account and getting answers on issues that matter to our audience. He is an outstanding journalist whose sharp intellect and quick sense of humor have made him a pleasure to work with. I know you all join me in expressing our deepest gratitude [my thought: you have a funny way of showing deepest gratitude] and in wishing him the very best.
I am very pleased to announce that Chuck Todd will take the helm on September 7. There is no one with a bigger passion for politics than Chuck. His unique ability to deliver that passion with razor sharp analysis and infectious enthusiasm makes him the perfect next generation moderator of this beloved broadcast. Chuck will ensure that Meet the Press is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set. We have some exciting plans to evolve and update the broadcast under Chuck’s leadership that we will be sharing with you shortly.
Chuck will continue as NBC News political director, and will hand over his roles as chief White House correspondent and anchor of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown.
Andrea Mitchell will serve as moderator of Meet the Press this weekend, and will continue to be a central figure of the broadcast, along with some new names that we will announce in the coming days.
For nearly seventy years, Americans have turned to Meet the Press on Sunday mornings for unrivaled insights on the news stories, political battles and public affairs debates dominating the national discussion. The next-generation Meet the Press, led by Chuck Todd, is certain to be the must-watch political destination on Sundays and beyond.