Veteran NBC newsman Tom Brokaw has been chosen to moderate the network's Sunday morning icon "Meet the Press" through the 2008 presidential election:
I would say that's about the best choice that NBC could have made at this point. Brokaw is a top flight analyst who will bring his low-key but effective interview technique to the show. He's also a personable, likable figure and a TV icon - something that should help maintain the show's ratings.
Brokaw, 68, a well-known and respected figure in U.S. broadcast journalism, stepped down as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News" in 2004 after 21 years.
"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 a statement.
Brokaw is replacing Tim Russert who died suddenly a week ago last Friday.