Meet the Press is a news Talk Show that launched on Mutual Radio in 1945, moving to NBC-TV on November 6, 1947. It is the longest-running show in the history of television. The show was originally moderated by its creator, Martha Rountree.
Was hosted by Tim Russert, under the title Meet the Press with Tim Russert, until his death in June 2008. David Gregory hosted from December 2008 to August 2014, with Chuck Todd hosting since then.
ABC tried to compete with Issues and Answers, which ran from 1960-81 and was replaced by the still-running This Week. CBS' competing offering was Face the Nation, which started in 1954 and is still on the air.
Tropes featured include:
- Empty Chair Memorial: Done following the death of Tim Russert in 2008.
- Long Runner: Meet the Press has been on the air so long that it has interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt, Joseph McCarthy, and every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy.
- Notable Original Music: "The Pulse of Events", part of the NBC News suite The Mission, composed by John Williams.