Meet the Press
Meet the Press is a weekly American television
Television in the United States
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 news/interview program produced by NBC
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. It is the longest-running television series in American broadcasting
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 history, despite bearing little resemblance to the original format of the program seen in its television debut on November 6, 1947. It has been hosted by 11 moderators, first by Martha Rountree
Martha Rountree
Martha Rountree was a pioneering broadcast journalist and an energetic entrepreneur. She was the creator and first moderator of a public-affairs program, first on radio as The American Mercury from June 24, 1945, and as Meet the Press on the NBC television network from November 6, 1947...

. The current host is David Gregory
David Gregory (journalist)
David Michael Gregory is an American television journalist, and moderator of NBC News' Sunday morning talk show Meet the Press.-Early life:...

, who assumed the role in December 2008. The show got a new set on May 2, 2010, with video screens with a library type setting with book shelves and a different modified intro music with David Gregory previewing the guests using the large video screen and with the Meet the Press theme music in a shorter "modernized music with the beginning repeated with drum beats" (See "High-definition broadcasting" further down this page for additional information).
Meet the Press and similar shows specialize in interviewing national leaders on issues of politics
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, economics
Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. The term economics comes from the Ancient Greek from + , hence "rules of the house"...

, foreign policy
Foreign policy
A country's foreign policy, also called the foreign relations policy, consists of self-interest strategies chosen by the state to safeguard its national interests and to achieve its goals within international relations milieu. The approaches are strategically employed to interact with other countries...

 and other public affairs
Public policy
Public policy as government action is generally the principled guide to action taken by the administrative or executive branches of the state with regard to a class of issues in a manner consistent with law and institutional customs. In general, the foundation is the pertinent national and...