12/02/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Who Will Be Russert's Permanent Replacement On "Meet The Press"?

It is probably the second-most-pressing question circulating in the salons of Washington's media elite: Who will be the permanent host, or hosts, of the NBC program "Meet the Press"?

It could be Chuck Todd, whose profile as political director of NBC News has risen noticeably during the network's coverage of the presidential campaign, but whose low-key, conversational style doesn't quite "crack the screen," as one television executive put it this week. It could be David Gregory, a correspondent who has long been familiar to NBC viewers, but who has had trouble attracting viewers to his own program, "Race for the White House," on MSNBC.

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